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House Mountain State Natural Area

Town or County Park
Hikers enjoy the Overlook from House Mountain State Natural Area in East Knox County – Lisa Huff

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.

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.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets on leashes are allowed.

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking, nature observation, birding


Seasons Accessible

House Mountain is open all year.

Nearby Places