Backbone Rock

This famous Johnson County landmark, Backbone Rock which is known as the world’s shortest tunnel, is a great destination for a day hike. Created in 1901 out of necessity for the railroad to transport timber, a hole was blasted through Backbone Rock. Today, this recreation area provides hiking trails, fishing in Beaverdam Creek, a day use shelter, outdoor grills, primitive restrooms, and a large parking area.

Located inside the Cherokee National Forest, Backbone Rock has been left extremely natural so be sure to use extreme caution when hiking the trails as many of the rock features do not have safety barriers in order to preserve it’s natural beauty.

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