RedTail, located in Mountain City, Tennessee, offers a unique mountain golfing experience with its Par 72, 18-hole signature golf course. An impressive 400-foot elevation change on the back nine offers stunning views and exciting challenges. Spectacular mountain views are a backdrop for your day spent with friends and family while taking the time to appreciate the gifts of nature. (423) 727-7931
Virginia Creeper Trail – Biking, Hiking, Rails-to-Trails
32 miles of scenic riding – on your bike or a rented one. Don’t forget the gel seat! Many outfitters to choose from, all right in Damascus, VA, and right on the trail (just 17 miles from the inn). Local bike rentals and shuttles include:
Adventure Damascus (www.AdventureDamascus.com)
Blue Blaze (www.blueblazebikeandshuttle.com)
Creeper Trail (www.creepertrailbikerental-shuttle.com)
JC’s Outdoors (www.jcsoutdoors.com)
Shuttle Shack (www.shuttleshack.com)
SunDog Outfitter (www.sundogoutfitter.com)
The Bike Station (www.thebikestation.net)
This renown 2181 mile long trail passes through both Johnson County, TN (where the inn is located) and Damascus, VA, 17 miles north of the inn.
Celebrating the trail and its culture is Trail Days – the world’s largest backpacking event held each May in Damascus, Virginia, just 17 miles from the inn. www.traildays.us.
Trails in Our County (Johnson County, TN)
The local trails committee has a website with map showing the local trails in the county (all less than 1/2 hour from the inn).
Mt. Rogers & Grayson Highlands hiking trails in nearby Virginia Maps/info
Grandfather Mountain – Mile-high swinging bridge, zoo with bears and native species, interpretive center, trails throughout mountain. Fee for mountain top; base hiking free (please register).
• Swing on the Swinging Bridge: A 228-foot suspension bridge has spanned an 80-foot chasm at Grandfather Mountain since 1952 at a 5,280-foot elevation; it’s good for kids of all ages. 800-468-7325
- Gentry Creek Falls, 3 miles from A Cottage in the Woods and less than 10 miles from Prospect Hill. Bring wading boots – you’ll cross the creek many times!
- Cascades, near Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 271.9
- Elk River Falls – beautiful, rural (don’t be put off by the access through what seems like a neighborhood)
- Boone Fork Falls, near Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 296.4
- Linville Falls and Duggers Creek Falls, near Milepost 316.4 – Linville Falls is set up for visitors of all skill levels. It is an easy walk from the parking lot straight in to the bottom of the falls; hike to the top has aspects of hiking a staircase (lots of step ups).
- Small falls near Backbone Rock, southwest on Hwy. 133 from Damascus, VA, toward Shady Valley. Very short walk. Do not wear sandals.
- Trails from Blowing Rock start from the parking area/park behind and to the left of the public park in the center of town. Shaded. Not recommended on the heels of wet weather.
- Great Channels of Virginia - Near Abingdon, VA, 40 minutes from the inn: : Channels State Forest includes primitive trail, overlook and access to sandstone boulders that resemble a roofless cave.
- Elk Knob/Howard’s Knob
- Dennis Cove
- Linville Gorge – the Linville River cuts a 2,000-foot deep gorge running 12 miles. Linville Falls drop 100 feet with an easy and moderate walks from the visitors area parking. Use the link to find less-explored cliffs, outcroppings, hidden caves and incredible vistas.
Walk (or Ride or Drive) a Mile High (our thanks to the NC Bucket List)
“Bagging” peaks of 5,000 feet (or, better yet, of 5,280 feet – a mile above sea level) has become a favorite of hikers, especially with a GPS tucked into a pack, letting them know of an exact elevation. Here are a few ideas once you get a mile in the sky:
• Brave Beech Mountain on a Bicycle: Trace the route of champion bicyclist Lance Armstrong on Beech Mountain Parkway in the North Carolina High Country and reach a mile-high elevation in Eastern America’s Highest Town (elevation 5,506 feet).
• Drive on Whitetop Mountain: Outside of Damascus, VA. The elevation of what was once called “Meadow Mountain” at 5,520 feet is traversed by Virginia’s highest navigable road, a site that was once home to music festivals in the 1930s, including a 1933 event visited by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt plus 20,000 spectators, near Whitetop, Va., just off U.S. 58.
• Emerald Outback Trails, Beech Mountain, N.C., features 10 miles of trails – up to 5,400 feet in elevation.
• Roam the Roan’s Rhododendron: Roan Mountain’s highest point reaches an elevation of 6,285 feet, and the mountain also boasts a natural rhododendron garden, claimed to be the largest of its kind in the world.