Friday, March 30, 2007

The Green Mile

Well, maybe it's not a full mile (not even close!), but as you can see, it sure is green. This section of the Cherokee National Forest is covered with vinca minor, which is very pretty now with its purple flowers (see yesterday's post). This unique trail is located to the west of Buffalo Mountain, outside of Johnson City, TN. It's in an area that's covered with trails (but I can't find any maps!) and is very popular with local mountain bikers.

Directions: From I-26, take the Elizabethton/University Parkway exit (#24). At the end of the ramp, turn left (west) and drive 0.8 miles toward ETSU. Turn left on Cherokee Road (Route 67) and travel 2.2 miles. Turn left on Lone Oak Road (fyi: at some point Lone Oak becomes Dry Creek Road) and continue 3.5 miles to a gravel parking area on your right (across the road from the Horse Cove Gap parking lot). Walk down the old logging road for 100 yards to a small trail to the left, which is the start of the green mile. It's about a 1/2 mile walk to reach the above location. I'm told it eventually curves back around to Dry Creek Road.

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