Appalachian Trail: Fontana Dam to Newfound Gap

Multiple peaks, steep climbs, and open meadows highlight this 40.6-mile trip in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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Multiple peaks, steep climbs, and open meadows highlight this 40.6-mile trip in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Shelters: Mollies Ridge Shelter: sleeps 12; no privy. Russell Field Shelter: sleeps 14; no privy. Spence Field Shelter: sleeps 12; privy. Derrick Knob Shelter: sleeps 12; no privy. Silers Bald Shelter: sleeps 12; no privy. Double Springs Gap Shelter: sleeps 12; privy. Mt. Collins Shelter; sleeps 12; privy.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 65.4

Waypoints

WPT019

Location: 35.564152, -83.713966

Open

WPT020

Location: 35.564152, -83.713966

Rocky summit; 360-degree views

WPT002

Location: 35.449184, -83.796684

Paved road to Fontana Dam Shelter

WPT020

Location: 35.460632, -83.811234

AT turns W @ jct. where Lake Shore Trail continues straight; kiosk; road to woods

WPT003

Location: 35.579449, -83.603783

Miry Ridge Trail to the W

WPT023

Location: 35.562218, -83.505936

Mt. Buckley

WPT005

Location: 35.441635, -83.795082

Fontana AT crossing; restrooms; permit kiosk; phone

WPT029

Location: 35.56535, -83.542297

Double Spring Gap Shelter

WPT024

Location: 35.564133, -83.730431

Bote Mountain Trail to the W

WPT033

Location: 35.565132, -83.560616

The Narrows

WPT014

Location: 35.568516, -83.701233

Beech Tree Forest

WPT027

Location: 35.5625, -83.516815

Views to the SW

WPT007

Location: 35.611767, -83.442085

Stile over fence; N end of beech forest

WPT006

Location: 35.567848, -83.636551

Greenbrier Ridge Trail to the W; Sams Gap

WPT019

Location: 35.562901, -83.498436

Clingmans Dome Tower

WPT022

Location: 35.562099, -83.504318

AT turns W @ fork with Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail to the E

WPT005

Location: 35.572884, -83.621536

Hemlock Knob

WPT012

Location: 35.570301, -83.695435

AT traverses unnamed summit (5,040 ft.)

WPT024

Location: 35.452648, -83.804436

Fontana Dam

WPT025

Location: 35.562565, -83.509613

Open berry bushes

WPT005

Location: 35.561615, -83.766418

Russell Field Shelter; Russell Field Trail to the E

WPT007

Location: 35.555233, -83.775902

Little Abrams Gap

WPT028

Location: 35.564716, -83.533401

Goshen Prong Trail to the W

WPT013

Location: 35.569267, -83.697563

Side trail leads W to water

WPT021

Location: 35.454666, -83.810448

Road walk

WPT013

Location: 35.527283, -83.819199

Doe Knob

WPT011

Location: 35.609383, -83.446663

Prong Trail to the W

WPT014

Location: 35.524682, -83.819504

AT turns E. Water @ T. Gregory Bald Trail

WPT034

Location: 35.565617, -83.56308

Welch Ridge Trail to the E

WPT017

Location: 35.56345, -83.498466

Clingmans Dome Tower Trail to the E

WPT010

Location: 35.569683, -83.6782

Brier Knob N; tough, rocky terrain

WPT003

Location: 35.447948, -83.795715

AT turns E for shelter and merges onto road

ZZZ012

Location: 35.441151, -83.795448

NC 28; heading W on NC 28 leads to Fontana Village with PO and general store

WPT012

Location: 35.596298, -83.46122

Spring road; uphill

WPT004

Location: 35.580032, -83.60807

Cold Spring Knob

WPT017

Location: 35.485035, -83.816368

AT veers W @ jct. with trail to the E, leading to Shuckstack Mtn.

WPT018

Location: 35.566635, -83.711334

Open

WPT035

Location: 35.566032, -83.565201

N boundary of bald area

WPT018

Location: 35.483452, -83.81472

Valley views to the SW. AT traverses hillside; rock slab terrain

WPT024

Location: 35.56205, -83.508118

Views to the W

WPT019

Location: 35.479683, -83.806973

Tiny stream crossing

WPT022

Location: 35.562698, -83.725937

Jenkins Ridge Trail

WPT014

Location: 35.59058, -83.470383

Sugarland Mountain Trail to the W; .5 mi. to Mt. Collins Shelter

WPT016

Location: 35.489601, -83.815651

Jct. with Twentymile Trail, Lost Cove Trail, and Benton MacKaye Trail

WPT016

Location: 35.568481, -83.707115

Views Rockytop and valley; exposed

WPT018

Location: 35.563049, -83.498619

Tower base

WPT006

Location: 35.557899, -83.772331

Big Abrams Gap

WPT025

Location: 35.452148, -83.801582

S end of dam

WPT013

Location: 35.5909, -83.469254

Fork Ridge Trail to the E; Mountain to Sea Trail

WPT004

Location: 35.441784, -83.795334

AT turns W @ road to trail

WPT003

Location: 35.564056, -83.732819

Field

WPT008

Location: 35.550499, -83.783882

Little Bald

WPT037

Location: 35.564999, -83.566017

Views to the WSW; open

WPT017

Location: 35.566582, -83.709969

Rocky Top

WPT023

Location: 35.562599, -83.726868

Open field; views to the ENE of rocky top

WPT012

Location: 35.530102, -83.814484

Mud Gap

WPT007

Location: 35.566532, -83.641701

Derrick Knob Shelter

WPT010

Location: 35.536568, -83.79985

Short Ridge

WPT026

Location: 35.562038, -83.732735

Spence Field Shelter

WPT031

Location: 35.564816, -83.553818

Small clearing

WPT002

Location: 35.578251, -83.601135

Buckeye Gap

WPT032

Location: 35.565067, -83.557098

Views to the SSW of river; The Narrows

WPT027

Location: 35.448818, -83.795364

Restrooms

WPT021

Location: 35.562183, -83.503914

Views to the NNW

WPT009

Location: 35.569584, -83.669983

Starkey Gap

WPT008

Location: 35.569633, -83.657066

Sugartree Gap

WPT011

Location: 35.538982, -83.805099

Ekaneetlee Gap; side trail leads W to water

WPT023

Location: 35.452568, -83.807983

AT turns E @ N end of bridge

WPT004

Location: 35.563034, -83.752197

Maple Sugar Gap

WPT015

Location: 35.5686, -83.706215

Thunderhead Mtn. (5,527 ft.)

WPT011

Location: 35.569084, -83.692284

Beechnut Gap

WPT022

Location: 35.453751, -83.809181

Parking; picnic table. Views of the dam to the SE

WPT030

Location: 35.565006, -83.5448

Traverse Jenkins Knob

WPT015

Location: 35.5019, -83.813248

Birch Spring Gap. Birch Spring Shelter has been replaced by NPS campsite #113; water (.1 mi.)

WPT028

Location: 35.448566, -83.794037

Fontana Hilton

WPT016

Location: 35.578602, -83.480003

Collins Gap

WPT036

Location: 35.566032, -83.565399

AT turns E @ Silers Bald; views of Clingmans Dome

WPT020

Location: 35.562698, -83.5

Clingmans Dome Tower Trail to the E

WPT026

Location: 35.449051, -83.796387

Parking and trail to Fontana Dam Shelter

WPT008

Location: 35.612068, -83.442535

Indian Gap and road. Cross Clingmans Dome Rd. AT curves

WPT009

Location: 35.546032, -83.793915

Mollies Ridge Shelter

WPT010

Location: 35.611084, -83.444

Stile over fence; S end of beech forest

WPT025

Location: 35.563835, -83.73143

Eagle Creek Trail to the E. Trail to Spence Field Shelter

WPT001

Location: 35.564178, -83.568352

Silers Bald Shelter

ZZZ013

Location: 35.611183, -83.425285

US 441; Newfound Gap; parking; bathrooms; water; view

IMG_4691

Location: 35.566532, -83.641602

IMG_4588

Location: 35.59745, -83.460114

IMG_4668

Location: 35.565182, -83.542648

IMG_4733

Location: 35.546185, -83.793747

IMG_4750

Location: 35.493168, -83.814552

IMG_4777

Location: 35.452484, -83.807419

IMG_4730

Location: 35.561749, -83.766617

IMG_4619

Location: 35.562717, -83.498634

IMG_4726

Location: 35.561966, -83.732651