Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 8


The Hike

Buffalo Mountain
The great hike near Johnson
City, Tennessee features great
views and several side trails.
But beware the rogue grouse
that attacked this hiker.
Text and photos by Leonard Adkins

In the early 1990s, the US
Forest Service agreed to a
land exchange, and I believe Johnson City, Tennessee, got the better part
of the deal. The forest service received the acreage
it wanted, but that merely added to its vast land
holdings, while the people of Johnson City and
surrounding towns obtained a mountain with
miles of trails and sweeping vistas located at their
doorstep.
Buffalo Mountain's 725
acres are now operated by
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When You Go
The Hike: A moderately strenuous
4.5-mile circuit hike (with short
steep ascents) on Johnson City,
Tennessee's Buffalo Mountain is
rewarded with several views of the
surrounding countryside, abundant wildflowers, and interesting
wildlife.
Getting There: Take Exit 27 in
Johnson City, turn onto TN 359/
Okolana Road and almost immediately make a left to stay on TN
359. In .2 mile, continue straight
onto South Roan Street, continue
1.5 miles, turn left onto Buffalo
Road, go another .4 mile and turn
left onto Highridge Road. In another .4 mile keep right to stay
on Highridge Road and follow to
the trailhead parking next to the
picnic area.
Trail Information: The trails are
shown on a bulletin board at the
trailhead and a photo of that
map may be found on treelinebackpacker.com/2014/08/27/
buffalo-mountain-johnson-citytennessee, but there is very little
published information about the
hike and its trails. Short, basic descriptions of the pathways may be
found at tehcc.org/wiki/
Buffalo_Mountain_Park .


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015

The Oil Lamps
South Carolina-Georgia Mountain Weekend
Night Sky: The Guide to Cold, Clear Winter Nights
Night Sky: The Photoessay
The Day a Tennessee Farmer Showed a Prince a Thing or Two
East-Tennessee Dining: A Gourmand Couple Explores the Tastes of their Home Territory
History Lives in This Virginia Mountain “Cabin”
Table of Contents
From the Editor / Worth a Click
Mill Creek Stories
The Hike
Great Buys
Mountain Report
Creature Feature
Festivals & Events
Singing in the Garden
Guest Column: Chris Arvidson
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Table of Contents
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - From the Editor / Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Mill Creek Stories
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 7
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 10
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Great Buys
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 16
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - The Oil Lamps
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 18
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - South Carolina-Georgia Mountain Weekend
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 20
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 22
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 23
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Night Sky: The Guide to Cold, Clear Winter Nights
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 25
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Night Sky: The Photoessay
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 27
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 28
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 29
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - The Day a Tennessee Farmer Showed a Prince a Thing or Two
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 31
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 32
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - East-Tennessee Dining: A Gourmand Couple Explores the Tastes of their Home Territory
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 35
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 36
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 38
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 40
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 41
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - History Lives in This Virginia Mountain “Cabin”
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 43
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 44
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 45
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 46
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Singing in the Garden
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 48
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 49
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Guest Column: Chris Arvidson
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