House Mountain State Natural Area

House Mountain State Natural Area contains 525 acres of peaceful and rugged landscape and includes the tallest peak in Knox County.  Rising nearly 1,000 feet above the valley floor, visitors can see the ranges of the Blue Ridge to the south and east and the Cumberland Mountains to the west and north, nearly 50 miles in the distance.

The mountain's steep slopes are heavily wooded and possess a combination of beautiful views, impressive rock outcrops, and significant bird and plant life. House Mountain provides a unique opportunity for secluded outdoor recreation in an urban setting

House Mountain is a day use area open from dawn to dusk with nearly five miles of hiking trails.

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Latitude: 36.10664 Longitude: -83.761816 Elevation: 1255 ft
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Jennifer Linginfelter

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking, nature observation, birding

Seasons Accessible

House Mountain is open all year.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets on leashes are allowed.

How to Get There

From Knoxville, Tennessee, take I-40 East. Exit on U.S. Highway 11W (Rutledge Pike) and go north and east on Rutledge Pike. After about 10 miles, look for the “House Mountain State Park” sign on the right side of the highway and then turn left on Idumea Road. Turn left on Hogskin Road. The parking area is less than a mile on the right.


Very nice trails.Thanks to Mast General Store for trail work.

james mills, 10/6/2013

Trails here are becoming dangerous. While the trail is free of litter and a few snow fences are in place to block off switchback erosion, more effort to stabilize trails should be implemented. They're increasingly more narrow and treacherous with dramatic trip & fall risks (narrow, slanted paths, slippery sandy spots - camouflaged roots sticking up in the middle of trails) in many areas.

Bee, 2/14/2017

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