We had just been at Winged Deer Park checking out the bluebells (previous post). We came over to Buffalo Mountain Park only to have a little picnic and to take a very short trail that was going to take us to views.
Buffalo Mountain Park is a 725 acre park. It’s kind of a steep drive up a narrow paved road to the picnic area / trailhead. The road is a bit narrow, so be careful. There is a picnic pavilion, and a few picnic tables scattered around the trailhead.
We had our little picnic and then took off on the trailhead at the information kiosk. They have a map at the kiosk, but with all of the different trails on the mountain, I would definitely print a copy before I left home. We just took a very short trail today, but I still had my map with me.
The plan today was to just go out onto Huckleberry Knob and check out the views I had heard about. We left the kiosk and immediately came to a fork in the trail. Wasn’t real sure which way to go so took the right fork. It felt like that made sense based on our destination. We soon then came to another fork where there was a sign pointing you in the proper direction for each of the trails. We did go the right way at the prior fork. The sign said that Huckleberry Knob was to our right. It’s only 3/10 of a mile to Huckleberry Knob. A moderate walk on a slightly narrow trail to the knob though. As you are trekking to the knob, you are walking above the picnic area. You then come to a very rocky portion of the trail, and come out where you can see a different side of Buffalo Mountain. We could see the trail going around the mountain with no leaves on the trees. We then took off on a trail to the right that took us up the hill to Huckleberry Knob. Pretty nice views. Not sure what the views would be like with leaves on the trees. We enjoyed the views and headed back into the city for grocery shopping.
Buffalo Mountain also has ATV trails. My son goes up there sometimes with friends for some ATV fun. The ATV trails are located at a different area on Buffalo Mountain.
Here is a map of the hiking trails. http://www.johnsoncitytn.org/uploads/files/parksrec/trails/Hiking%20Trails%20-%20Buffalo%20Mtn%20Park.pdf
Note: The road that takes you up to the picnic area / trailhead closes during the winter. People still hike Buffalo Mountain during the winter, but you have to park at the gate and trek up to the trailhead.
Here are a few photos from our very short hike today.
Address to Buffalo Mountain Park: 570 High Ridge Road, Johnson City, TN
Buffalo Mountains trails trailhead
They’ve got a good trail map at the trailhead but I definitely recommend bringing a paper copy
Sign pointing you in the proper direction for your desired trail
Narrow trail along the ridge. You’re not too awfully high above the picnic area.
Picnic area below the trail
Just another shot of the trail
Gets very rocky, but once you get through this rocky area, the views begin
The trail off to the right that takes you up to Huckleberry Knob
There comes Steve trekking up the hill
Almost to the “viewing platform”
Zooming in on the mountains in the distance to our left. I think those mountains in the background are the mountains near Greeneville.
Another view to our left of the area below Buffalo Mountain
I think I barely see the hospital in this shot
View of a portion of Johnson City
A large portion of Johnson City
This is looking towards downtown Johnson City
Heading back to the car. Was able to kind of capture Holston Mountain through the trees.
You can see another one of the trails occasionally, off in the distance since there are no leaves on the trees
Time to maneuver back through the rocky area and head to the car