Shelter:No Business Knob

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Shelter No Business Knob
Capacity 6 People
Privy No
Trail Head Distance N 6.3 Miles
Trail Head Distance S 4.9 Miles
Elevation 3,251 Feet
Latitude {{#lat_deg2dms: 36.06653}}
Longitude {{#long_deg2dms: -82.4338}}
Nearest Medical Erwin, TN
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Basic three-sided concrete-block shelter with open front and wooden sleeping platform.

From July 1994 newsletter, we learn that: “No Business Knob is named for a gentleman who tried to climb it a few years after a fire, when the top was impassable due to briars and brush. He decided that he had no business being there.”


On the east slope of No Business Knob, between Nolichucky River and Spivey Gap.


A spring is located about 200 yards trail-south on AT.

Maintenance History[edit]

  • 2015: Further rework needed from BSA project to correct interior peeling paint, too high edge on wire mesh (catching people), open blocks on knee wall, and address roof (just cleaned, but not painted).
  • 2014: BSA Eagle Scout Tom Merrimon painted the shelter exterior a dark brown and provided a picnic table.
  • 1997: Painted inside to remove grafitti.
  • 1993: Painted inside and out. Painted roof (rust-proofed). Installed picnic table.
  • 1990: Roof repaired.
  • 1963: Built by US Forest Service.

Photo Gallery[edit]

Shelter name Section Trail distance from Damascus
Abingdon Gap Shelter US421 to Damascus 10.2
McQueens Knob Shelter (emergency shelter) US421 to Damascus 11.7
Double Springs Shelter TN91 to US421 18.5
Iron Mountain Shelter Wilbur Dam Rd to TN91 26.1
Vandeventer Shelter Wilbur Dam Rd to TN91 32.9
Watauga Lake Shelter Dennis Cove Rd to Wilbur Dam Rd 40.1
Laurel Fork Shelter Dennis Cove Rd to Wilbur Dam Rd 48.7
Moreland Gap Shelter US19E to Dennis Cove Rd 57.3
Mountaineer Falls Shelter US19E to Dennis Cove Rd 66.9
Overmountain Shelter (Yellow Mountain Barn) Carver's Gap to US19E 84.9
Stan Murray Shelter Carver's Gap to US19E 86.8
Roan High Knob Shelter Iron Mountain Gap to Carver's Gap 92.0
Clyde Smith Shelter Iron Mountain Gap to Carver's Gap 100.5
Cherry Gap Shelter Indian Grave Gap to Iron Mountain Gap 109.6
Curley Maple Gap Shelter Nolichucky River to Indian Grave Gap 122.4
No Business Knob Shelter Spivey Gap to Nolichucky River 132.9

Per the 2016 AT Data Book.