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Appalachian Trail: TN 91 to Damascus, VA

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Distance: 20.3 miles


Get lost in a mixed forest of evergreens and hardwoods on this fairly flat 20.3-mile hike with multiple camping spots and a steep final descent into Damascus.
  • Foggy Trail
  • Meadows
  • Views
  • McQueen Knob Emergency Shelter
  • McQueen Knob Emergency Shelter
  • Flora
  • Abingdon Gap Shelter
  • Lush Woods
  • Welcome to Damascus
  • Damascus Sign
  • Trail Blaze
  • The Place

If you’re lucky enough to cruise through Damascus—dubbed the "friendliest town on the AT"—during Trail Days (usually mid-May), check out this popular festival. Highlights include a talent show, trout rodeo, hiker parade, and free gear repairs.

Shelters: Double Springs Shelter: sleeps 6; no privy.

Trail Reviews & Comments

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rooster
Apr 09, 2014

Enjoyed this section of the trail during the first weekend of April. Started northbound from the parking lot at TN91/Cross Mtn Rd. It was an easy start with roughly the first 1/2 mile through farmland. Once in the woods there were some easy hills until a steep decent before crossing Hwy 421.

The trail has some ups and downs on the north side of Hwy 421, but nothing too daunting. The Abingdon Gap shelter is roughly the halfway point of this hike. We stopped there for the night and met several of the early through hikers. Our weekend group of 4 beginner/intermediate hikers had no problems completing this trail. I believe there were at least 3 or 4 water sources along the way.

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