House Mountain State Natural Area is an amazing hike, Checkout the Google coordinates.
The trail was well marked, even in areas it was broken.
WARNING – To get to the peak, it can be tough over the rocks, if it’s raining or cold. Wear trail shoes or have experience climbing rocks!
The top hike to the peak was tough with the kid, probably too rough for little ones.
There is a crest trail on top that goes for miles all the way along the top.
Some GPS may be misleading to find the parking, i.e. if you search for the mountain it may lead you to the way point – mountain – no parking.
Search GPS for House Mountain Parking and Trailhead 463P+VV Corryton, Tennessee or Click here for the Google coordinates. Enjoy!
House Mountain rises from a large plain in eastern Knox County, about 3 miles (4.8 km) southwest of the southern terminus of Clinch Mountain and immediately north of McAnnally Ridge. House, McAnnally, and Clinch are all part of the Appalachian Ridge-and-Valley Province, which consists of a series of narrow, elongate ridges stretching in a northeast-to-southwest direction between the main Appalachian crest to the east and the Cumberland Plateau to the west. These ridges are typically flanked by fertile river valleys that are part of the upper Tennessee River watershed.
House Mountain stretches for just over 3 miles (4.8 km) from its southwestern base along Hogskin Branch to its northeastern base along Flat Creek, and covers approximately 2,500 acres (10 km2). The mountain’s crest is crowned by two main peaks— one rising southwest of the center of the mountain and one rising on the mountain’s northeastern end. The southwest peak is the true summit, although both peaks rise above 2000 feet.
Geologically, House Mountain is a “synclinal outlier” of Clinch Mountain. Erosion by Flat Creek— which lies halfway between House and Clinch— separated the two mountains in ancient times. Like all of the Ridge-and-Valleys, House Mountain was created approximately 250 million years ago during the Alleghenian orogeny mountain-building epoch. House Mountain’s base is covered with a mesophytic forest consisting chiefly of maple, tulip poplar, ash, and buckeye. Chestnut oak and table mountain pine dominate the mountain’s steeper slopes and upper elevations.