House Mountain is a 500-acre natural area located in Knox County approximately eight miles from Knoxville. It is cooperatively managed under a lease agreement with the State by the Knox County Department of Parks and Recreation. The 2,100-foot crest of House Mountain provides significant vistas where visitors may scan the parallel ranges of the Unakas and Cumberlands some 30 miles away, or look northeast at the adjacent Clinch Mountain. It is rugged and scenic and very representative of the region. I love taking my son there because we can get the feel of back country with out the long drive.
|Parking area at trail head as we left|
Big Ry and I left the parking area at daylight since it was going to be a hot July day. We had the parking area to ourselves. It is fairly nice even though there is no running water or electricity. The bathroom is really just a pit privy but is well ventilated and didn't stink as bad as most public restrooms.
|Signs were made by a local Boy Scout.|
|Rocky outcrops on the southern slope|
The trails leave the bottom and pick there way through extremely rocky and beautiful slopes until they reach the crest trail. The rock formations are great to climb on and explore or just sit on to take a break.
|Big Ry having lunch at West Overlook|
After reaching the top we made haste out the much easier and flatter crest trail to the East overlook and bushwhacked out to a third vista (my favorite) which is often used for illegal camping (no one allowed up here after dark). We moved on to the west overlook and had lunch (snack). Which consisted of a granola bar, gummies and a fruit juice pouch, you now real adventure food. After packing up we set out to finish the hike.
|Big Ry leading the way|
|Steep and rugged|
|Falling rocks always a danger|
|Forty feet below our lunch time perch|