Appalachian Trail: US 19 to Stecoach Gap

Start at the Nantahala Outdoor Center and hit the trail for a beautiful, yet rugged 12.7-mile walk under hardwoods and through Nantahala Gorge. Not up for a long day hike? Stop at Sassafras Gap Shelter and swap stories with thru-hikers.
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Start at the Nantahala Outdoor Center and hit the trail for a beautiful, yet rugged 12.7-mile walk under hardwoods and through Nantahala Gorge. Not up for a long day hike? Stop at Sassafras Gap Shelter and swap stories with thru-hikers.

Shelters: Sassafras Gap Shelter: sleeps 14; privy.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 20.4

Waypoints

WPT031

Location: 35.3257331848144, -83.6810684204102

View of the Smokie Mtns. to the NNW

WPT024

Location: 35.3331985473633, -83.5941696166992

Pass trail to the E that leads to cabins

WPT025

Location: 35.3327178955078, -83.5929870605469

Trail to cabins

WPT023

Location: 35.3456344604492, -83.7110366821289

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT018

Location: 35.3568000793457, -83.7175827026367

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT021

Location: 35.3527488708496, -83.7178649902344

Crest unnamed summit (3,792 ft.); campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT020

Location: 35.3379173278809, -83.6019821166992

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT009

Location: 35.339599609375, -83.6367645263672

The Jump-Up; Nantahala Gorge overlook

WPT029

Location: 35.325065612793, -83.6816482543945

View to the SSE

WPT006

Location: 35.3388671875, -83.6474533081055

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT015

Location: 35.3456993103027, -83.6162033081055

Side trail leads W to campsite

WPT030

Location: 35.3255348205566, -83.6809005737305

Cheoah Bald. Spur trails on E and W to lead to views; blueberries and blackberries

WPT028

Location: 35.3316345214844, -83.5925140380859

Nantahala River; bridge

WPT012

Location: 35.3446006774902, -83.6260833740234

Campsite (room for 5 tents)

WPT001

Location: 35.3307571411133, -83.6670150756836

Sassafras Gap Shelter

WPT026

Location: 35.3301162719727, -83.7024536132812

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT018

Location: 35.3404159545898, -83.6056671142578

Wright Gap; gravel road

WPT005

Location: 35.3368339538574, -83.6523666381836

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT021

Location: 35.3346176147461, -83.5968322753906

Cross foot bridge

ZZZ011

Location: 35.3586654663086, -83.7179870605469

Stecoah Gap; NC 143; views to the NE; parking; picnic tables

WPT024

Location: 35.343448638916, -83.7094192504883

Simp Gap

WPT002

Location: 35.331298828125, -83.6672515869141

Trail to shelter

WPT020

Location: 35.3547821044922, -83.7180480957031

Big boulders; bouldering rock

WPT011

Location: 35.3453826904297, -83.6192169189453

Sutton Monument: This plaque honors Wade A. Sutton, a North Carolina Forest Service ranger who died fighting a fire on December 7, 1968

WPT027

Location: 35.3295822143555, -83.6999969482422

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT023

Location: 35.3335342407227, -83.5959320068359

Boulder spot

WPT017

Location: 35.3410339355469, -83.6109008789062

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT019

Location: 35.3399658203125, -83.6037826538086

Powerline; views to the SSW

WPT022

Location: 35.3480682373047, -83.7127838134766

Campsite (room for 2 tents); top of ridge

WPT025

Location: 35.3341178894043, -83.7040634155274

Locust Cove Gap; blue blazes lead W to water; campsite (room for 6 tents)

WPT010

Location: 35.3417816162109, -83.6336364746094

Grassy Top

WPT014

Location: 35.3448829650879, -83.6218032836914

Grassy Gap. Grassy Gap Trail to the E

WPT032

Location: 35.3307991027832, -83.6672821044922

Trail to shelter

WPT004

Location: 35.3366317749023, -83.6547164916992

Campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT028

Location: 35.3242492675781, -83.684196472168

Yellow-blazed Bartram Trail enters from the W

WPT026

Location: 35.3325996398926, -83.5925827026367

Railroad

WPT008

Location: 35.339485168457, -83.636833190918

Views to the E

WPT019

Location: 35.3534317016602, -83.7197189331055

Rocky

WPT022

Location: 35.3335838317871, -83.5959167480469

Rock

WPT027

Location: 35.3322677612305, -83.5928344726562

Nantahala Outdoor Center

WPT007

Location: 35.3389167785644, -83.640266418457

Campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT016

Location: 35.3455505371094, -83.6156005859375

Campsite (room for 7 tents); blue blazes lead W to water

IMG_5097

Location: 35.3307647705078, -83.6669998168945

IMG_5031

Location: 35.3548011779785, -83.7179641723633

IMG_5052

Location: 35.3257484436035, -83.6811141967774