Appalachian Trail: TN 91 to Damascus, VA

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.
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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.

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 Facts

  • Distance: 32.7

Waypoints

WPT010

Location: 36.6308517, -81.7966537

AT switchbacks to the E

WPT004

Location: 36.6354332, -81.7919846

AT turns E at park; gravel walkway parallels S. Beaver Dam Ave.

WPT008

Location: 36.4859009, -81.9658356

Bench; view of field

WPT014

Location: 36.614399, -81.825264

VA-TN border

WPT010

Location: 36.5525818, -81.9318161

Short stone wall

WPT019

Location: 36.5241852, -81.9714355

Valley Views to the E

WPT020

Location: 36.5099983, -81.9853668

Campsite (room for 4 tents); blue-blazed Holston Mountain trail to the W

WPT007

Location: 36.6313324, -81.7922821

AT continues straight on trail up mountain (for SOBO). Continue straight on Water St. (for NOBO)

WPT006

Location: 36.4869003, -81.9685135

Fence

WPT005

Location: 36.6318016, -81.7914658

Old shelter (not for overnight use)

WPT004

Location: 36.5724678, -81.9199829

McQueen Knob Emergency Shelter

WPT009

Location: 36.5581818, -81.9315033

Double Spring Gap; campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT007

Location: 36.4859009, -81.9667358

Farm road

WPT013

Location: 36.5388336, -81.948349

AT veers E across US 421; Low Gap @ right; parking; "The Snake" popular motorcycle route

WPT022

Location: 36.5091515, -81.9860611

Double Springs Shelter

WPT003

Location: 36.5001183, -81.9860306

Piped stream

WPT003

Location: 36.5746346, -81.9150162

McQueen Gap. Cross FS 69

WPT016

Location: 36.6047325, -81.8432007

Campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT009

Location: 36.4841499, -81.9646149

Farm building

WPT020

Location: 36.5833511, -81.8813477

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT012

Location: 36.5395317, -81.9480515

Jeep road; gate E

WPT001

Location: 36.5809669, -81.9019165

Abingdon Gap Shelter: A simple affair with excellent spots for camping north on the AT. Water source is behind the shelter and significantly down the hill.

WPT012

Location: 36.6226158, -81.8040009

Blue-blazed trail leads to spring E; campsite steep downhill

WPT009

Location: 36.6313019, -81.7948837

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT016

Location: 36.5380325, -81.949501

Campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT018

Location: 36.5301514, -81.9658508

Valley views to the SE

WPT008

Location: 36.5623817, -81.9326019

Blue-blazed trail to spring

WPT017

Location: 36.5328674, -81.9625473

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT013

Location: 36.6217499, -81.8030853

Piped spring

WPT021

Location: 36.5801849, -81.9012146

Campsite (room for 6 tents)

WPT004

Location: 36.5, -81.9844131

Campsite

WPT021

Location: 36.5118484, -81.9795532

Locust Knob

WPT019

Location: 36.5913658, -81.874649

Campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT015

Location: 36.6049156, -81.8406296

Blue-blazed Backbone Rock Trail to the E

WPT018

Location: 36.6048508, -81.8639832

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT005

Location: 36.5722504, -81.9208984

Campsite (room for 1 tent) to the W

WPT014

Location: 36.5387344, -81.9488983

Piped spring; picnic table

WPT003

Location: 36.6350594, -81.7889404

Mt. Rogers Outfitters

WPT006

Location: 36.6314659, -81.7913513

AT turns W onto Water St. @ jct. with Beaver Dam Ave. "Welcome to Damascus" gateway.

WPT008

Location: 36.6320343, -81.7934341

AT turns E

WPT017

Location: 36.6049843, -81.8572998

Campsite (room for 4 tents)

WPT029

Location: 36.4815178, -81.9606018

TN 91. Navigate a maze-like gate; parking

WPT011

Location: 36.5413818, -81.9466476

Side trail leads E for 30 ft. to campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT011

Location: 36.6276169, -81.799118

Side trail to the W

WPT015

Location: 36.5380821, -81.9488144

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT006

Location: 36.5720673, -81.9212494

McQueen Knob; old tower base

WPT005

Location: 36.4881668, -81.9706345

Stile; field

Foggy Trail

Location: 36.4859009, -81.9669037

Meadows

Location: 36.4880333, -81.9702835

Views

Location: 36.5300484, -81.9658508

McQueen Knob Emergency Shelter

Location: 36.5723343, -81.9202194

McQueen Knob Emergency Shelter

Location: 36.5723839, -81.9200516

Flora

Location: 36.5814018, -81.9039688

Abingdon Gap Shelter

Location: 36.5808182, -81.9017487

Lush Woods

Location: 36.6041489, -81.8547821

Welcome to Damascus

Location: 36.6314011, -81.7916641

Damascus Sign

Location: 36.6315994, -81.7913818

Trail Blaze

Location: 36.6352997, -81.7897339

The Place

Location: 36.6339836, -81.787384