Shelters: Icewater Spring Shelter: sleeps 12; privy. Pecks Corner Shelter: sleeps 12; privy. Tri-Corner Knob Shelter: sleeps 12; privy. Cosby Knob Shelter: sleeps 12; privy. Davenport Gap Shelter: sleeps 12; no privy.
So far, this hike is the highlight of my backpacking experience! This well-maintained section of the AT undulates past numerous breathtaking views of the Smokies stretching out into North Carolina and Tennessee. There's a spectacular photo opportunity at Charlie's Bunion where you can climb out onto a rock precipice and fell like you're on top of the world. The shelters along the way are quite nice and each has a privy for convenience and a fireplace for warmth on those chilly high country evenings. Passing over Mount Guyot and through what once was a helicopter pad offers another opportunity to bask in the panoramic views so characteristic of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This hike is a must-do, and shelters spaced evenly approximately 10-12 miles apart make it possible for even relatively inexperienced backpackers. Give it a try--you'll be so very glad you did!
Go the whole 18.6 miles or shorten your hike by staying at one of the three shelters planted along this leg. Highlights: Civil War markers and panoramic views on Firescald Knob.
Cross over several grassy balds and look for wild ponies on this 13.5-mile leg with three AT shelters.
This 18.7-mile weekend trip starts with a 2,700-foot climb up Snowbird Mountain then descends and climbs again to Max Patch, an old homestead and logging camp.
Cross farmlands and woods then climb 1,500 feet to Lick Rock. Bonus: Look closely for an old barbed wire fence that once separated North Carolina and Tennessee.
Multiple peaks, steep climbs, and open meadows highlight this 40.6-mile trip in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Enjoy panoramic Smokies views on blueberry- and rhododendron-lined trails on the way to French Broad River, where relaxing hot springs await.
Top-of-the-world vistas, fields of wildflowers and sun-dappled hardwood forests are nothing compared to David Greer, an insane murderer who once lived on Bald Mountain from 1802 to 1834.
Cruise 8.1 miles into wooded creek valleys and up Rich Mountain where an old fire tower is accessible by a short spur trail.
Bag four scenic peaks in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
This 13.2-mile loop is classic Smokies: free-flowing creeks, wide valley views, and hardwood forests peppered with long-abandoned homesites.
Appalachian Trail: Sams Gap to Spivey Gap
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