Description - Five-hundred-acre House Mountain reaches 2,100 feet above sea level and is well worth its steep hike to see the distant Smoky Mountains and the undulating ridge and valley country of eastern Tennessee.
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Massive boulders of sandstone make up the upper third of the mountain, the highest point in Knox County. The trees are second growth due to past logging and fires. Table Mountain Pine and Virginia Pine are numerous on top and Chestnut Oak is the most prevalent of the oaks in the park. The park is home to raccoons, grouse and even a few fox squirrels along with gray squirrels, turkeys, and the ever present turkey vultures which sail on the winds over the high bluffs.
- There are no facilities at the park, but every visitor can enjoy the 2-4 hour hikes without many distractions from the modern world. The trails to the top are strenuous with an elevation gain from the parking area to the top of about 900 ft. Because there are no facilities available, it is recommended that hikers bring water, a snack and wear sturdy hiking shoes. At a steady pace, a minimum of two-hours round trip should be expected to the west overlook and a minimum of four-hours round trip if hiking to the east overlook.
Other points of interest are the Knoxville Zoo, Great Smoky Mountains, Blount Mansion, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
Recreation - Hiking is the main activity available at this park.
Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.
Located just northeast of Knoxville. From Knoxville, follow U.S. Hwy. 11 northeast to the park.