Appalachian Trail: Sams Gap to Spivey Gap

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.
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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.

Shelters: Bald Mountain Shelter: sleeps 10; privy.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 19.6

Waypoints

WPT026

Location: 35.9998168945312, -82.4759674072266

Small stream crossing

WPT022

Location: 36.0106010437012, -82.4503021240234

Campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT026

Location: 35.9651832580566, -82.5451812744141

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT019

Location: 36.022533416748, -82.4289169311524

Blue-blazed trail to top of High Rocks

WPT012

Location: 36.031852722168, -82.4204406738281

Stream crossing

WPT023

Location: 36.007884979248, -82.4606475830078

Little Bald

WPT010

Location: 35.9897842407227, -82.4902801513672

Big Bald (5,516 ft.). Gravel road; parking; 360-degree views

WPT020

Location: 35.9695320129394, -82.536247253418

Powerline

WPT025

Location: 35.96533203125, -82.5449829101562

Field (S boundary)

WPT020

Location: 36.02294921875, -82.4286651611328

High Rocks

WPT018

Location: 36.0230331420898, -82.4288635253906

High Rocks, a 40-ft. vertical rock slab; lots of trees. Blue-blazed trail goes to the top

WPT027

Location: 35.9619827270508, -82.550537109375

2 side trails to the W; AT turns E

WPT015

Location: 36.0272331237793, -82.4233703613281

Rock Stairs

WPT017

Location: 35.975284576416, -82.5196304321289

Blue-blazed trail to the E

WPT021

Location: 35.9691314697266, -82.5397491455078

Views of valley to the NNE

WPT008

Location: 35.9910507202148, -82.4902801513672

Jeep road

WPT016

Location: 35.9768676757812, -82.5135498046875

Spring

WPT022

Location: 35.9688987731934, -82.540168762207

Street Gap; gravel road; parking

WPT023

Location: 35.967399597168, -82.5419845581055

Old jeep road; field to the W

WPT031

Location: 35.9527320861816, -82.5607833862305

AT turns W; gate; parking; US 23

ZZZ020

Location: 35.9534339904785, -82.5613327026367

I-26; Sams Gap

WPT017

Location: 36.0261650085449, -82.4253158569336

Small stream crossing

WPT011

Location: 35.9905014038086, -82.4932022094726

Bald; S boundary

WPT019

Location: 35.9727668762207, -82.5232696533203

Low Gap. Side trail leads W to campsite (room for 4 tents); parking

WPT003

Location: 35.9982986450195, -82.4825134277344

Old jeep road

WPT013

Location: 35.9887657165527, -82.4941177368164

Spring

WPT015

Location: 35.9864845275879, -82.4950180053711

Underground powerline; side trail to the E

WPT028

Location: 35.9559173583984, -82.5546340942383

Spring

WPT018

Location: 35.974365234375, -82.5217666625976

Side trail to the E; gap

WPT029

Location: 35.9520149230957, -82.5566864013672

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT009

Location: 35.9975509643555, -82.4824523925781

Bald; N boundary

WPT016

Location: 36.0265502929688, -82.4250869750976

Stream crossing

WPT005

Location: 35.9951820373535, -82.4837493896484

Pass a stone fireplace 20 ft. to the W, hidden in trees

WPT030

Location: 35.9522819519043, -82.5598297119141

Gate

WPT014

Location: 36.0314674377441, -82.4212036132812

Campsite (room for 4 tents); parking

WPT004

Location: 35.995849609375, -82.4833297729492

Bald

WPT012

Location: 35.9906158447266, -82.4935150146484

Yellow-blazed trail leads W

WPT024

Location: 35.9666175842285, -82.5421981811524

Field (N boundary)

ZZZ021

Location: 36.0321197509766, -82.4202651977539

Spivey Gap; US 19 W

WPT014

Location: 35.9864501953125, -82.4949798583984

AT turns W @ jct. with blue-blazed trail to the E. Bad weather route

WPT025

Location: 35.9999847412109, -82.4743499755859

Side trail leads W to water

WPT001

Location: 36.0001602172852, -82.4782485961914

Bald Mtn. Shelter

WPT007

Location: 35.9914321899414, -82.4877166748047

Blue-blazed trail to E; gravel road

WPT024

Location: 36.0001335144043, -82.4739837646484

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT021

Location: 36.0186157226562, -82.4369201660156

Campsite (room for 6 tents); blue-blazed trail leads W 100 ft. to water; Whistling Gap

WPT002

Location: 35.9996681213379, -82.4788131713867

Trail to shelter

WPT013

Location: 36.0317344665527, -82.4205169677734

Trail to campsite (room for 6+ tents)

WPT006

Location: 35.9916343688965, -82.487434387207

Big Stamp. AT continues straight; jct. with jeep road that leads W .3 mi. to a campsite

IMG_2301

Location: 36.0051345825195, -82.4664840698242

IMG_2369

Location: 35.9939155578613, -82.4840316772461

IMG_2273

Location: 36.0119667053223, -82.4505310058594

IMG_2443

Location: 35.9917984008789, -82.4870681762695

IMG_2454

Location: 35.9897994995117, -82.4903030395508

IMG_2436

Location: 35.9917984008789, -82.4870681762695

The view from Big Bald

Location: 35.9897994995117, -82.4903030395508