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Backbone Rock

State Road 133, Cherokee National Forest, Shady Valley, TN
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Backbone Rock is the worlds shortest tunnel. The tunnel was built in the late 1800s for a railroad... read more

Reviewed April 15, 2017
Pi330lot
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Shady Valley, Tennessee
Perfect place for a short hike!

This is a great place to take some gorgeous pics! Not to mention, great place to be able to stretch... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2016
Sabrina L
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Bluff City, Tennessee
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“short hike” (3 reviews)
“camping area” (2 reviews)
“family fun” (2 reviews)
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State Road 133, Cherokee National Forest, Shady Valley, TN
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Reviewed April 15, 2017

Backbone Rock is the worlds shortest tunnel. The tunnel was built in the late 1800s for a railroad tunnel. You can still see the cut out in the tunnel for the smoke stack of the trains to pass thru. There is a trail across the...More

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Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to take some gorgeous pics! Not to mention, great place to be able to stretch your legs after a ride through the mountains. Although we didn't do it today, this would be a really great place to have a picnic...More

Thank Sabrina L
Reviewed August 30, 2016

Great place to spend the day trails are from easy to difficult. Being handicapped myself some of it was just to difficult. We spent the afternoon walking around the area and camping area and had a great day. There is faculties to use if needed.

2  Thank Russell H
Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

I live locally. I frequently go to backbone rock to swim, fish, hike, picnic, have birthday parties and much more. I love walking the rock. Its a great place for outdoor family fun

Thank Jessica S
Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Great place to relax with nature. Great trails to hike and put you feet in the stream on a hot day. Take time to hike over the rock tunnel.

Thank ED R
Reviewed June 7, 2016

This is a favorite in ETN for picnics, a cool dip in a mountain stream, or a wonderful place to start and end a hike..Lots of parking, picnic tables & stream-side shelters for groups, here, too! This State Park gets far too little credit for...More

Thank rgdrake
Reviewed June 1, 2016

a great stop for a few hours with the kids. very nice to eat lunch on the tables or walk in the river or climb rocks.

Thank lenniej2015
Reviewed November 10, 2015

If you are in the area, this is a must do....you can climb the steps up to the top which only takes about 5-10 minutes depending on how slow you go....cool view at the top....very unique but be careful not to get too close to...More

1  Thank M G
Reviewed October 24, 2015

Great place to stop for a short beautiful hike and photos. It is along a stream/creek, there are trails that do not cross backbone rock if heights bother you. Nice picnic stop also.

1  Thank Mtnwhisp
Reviewed October 18, 2015

This was a great day trip. Hike to the top was a little steep for me but, the views are incredible. Watch the leaves on the rocks. They get a little slippery when wet. Everyone should experience this beautiful area.

1  Thank ANN L
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JCrew3110
How far is Backbone rock campground from starting point of VA creeper trail at Whitetop?
March 13, 2016|
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Response from M G | Reviewed this property |
From the white top start it's about 21 miles.....you are better off going from Damascus, it is only 4 miles south of Damascus
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