Recent AT Maintenance – By Section

The three most recent AT maintenance by section. Please keep in mind that trail conditions can change quickly.

By section links
1: TN/VA state line to Backbone Rock Trail
2a: Backbone Rock Trail – Abingdon Gap Shelter
2b: Abingdon Gap Shelter to McQueen’s Gap
3a: McQueen’s Gap – Spring 2.3 miles N of Low Gap
3b: Spring to US421
4a: US421 to Double Springs Shelter
4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
5: TN91 to Iron Mountain Shelter
6: Iron Mountain Shelter to Vandeventer Shelter
7: Vandeventer Shelter to Wilbur Dam Rd
8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
9a: US321 to Pond Flats
9b: Pond Flats to Hampton trailhead
10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
11a: Dennis Cove Road to Canute Place
11b: Canute Place to Bitter End
12a: Bitter End to Walnut Mountain Road
12b: Walnut Mountain Road to Sugar Hollow Creek
12c: Sugar Hollow Creek to Campbell Hollow Road
12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
13: US19E to Doll Flats
14a: Doll Flats to Bradley Gap
14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
14c: Stan Murray Shelter to Carvers Gap
15a: Carvers Gap – Cloudland Hotel
15b: Cloudland Hotel – Hughes Gap
16a: Hughes Gap to Greasy Creek Gap
16b: Greasy Creek Gap to Iron Mountain Gap
17: Iron Mountain Gap to FS230 switchback
18: FS230 switchback to Indian Grave Gap
19a: Indian Grave Gap – Curley Maple Gap Shelter
19b: Curley Maple Gap Shelter – Nolichucky River
20a: Nolichucky River to Temple Hill Gap
20b: Temple Hill Gap to Spivey Gap
Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)

1: TN/VA state line to Backbone Rock Trail
Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/16/2020
Purpose: Cut Weeds and Rehab
People: Elzear Lemieux, Joe Morris
Summary: Joe and Elzear rehabbed a sloughing section of trail by redigging it. They lopped the encroaching brush and knocked back some weeds. Tony and Carl cut about 600 feet north of Backbone Rock Trail with trimmers.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 01/23/2020
Purpose: Blowdown Removal and Brushing
People: Richard Carter, Bruce Ellmaker, Greg Kramer, Joe Morris, Bob Peoples, Tim Stewart
Summary: What a crew to do work. They cleared all blowdowns with hand saws and cut back encroaching vegetation on BackBone Rock Trail and everything to TN/VA line on AT. Shortes walk was 5.4 miles but most walked 7.6 miles

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 11/02/2019
Purpose: Campsite assessment
People: Phyllis Cairnes, Kim Peters
Summary: Hiking in and out using the Backbone Rock trail, Phyllis and I conducted campsite inventory between the TN/VA State line and the intersection with the Backbone Rock Trail.
This last section completes the campsite inventory of TEHCC's section of the AT.


Section 2a: Backbone Rock Trail – Abingdon Gap Shelter
Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/16/2020
Purpose: Cut Weeds
People: Carl Fritz
Tony Messina
Summary: There was a lot of bear scat especially along Backbone Rock Trail. On AT we cut weeds and small trees up to half inch to open up trail to 4 feet wide. We only saw five hikers and a trail runner. When we met up with Greg, Tony and he pushed a large blowdown off the trail. This trail section is in pretty good shape. Blazes need to be freshened.

Reporting: Greg Kramer
Date: 07/16/2020
Purpose: Weeding
People: Greg Kramer, Bob Peoples, Tim Stewart
Summary: Removed weeds 1/2 mile SOBO of Shelter to 2 miles before Backbone Rock Trail. Equipment failure is why the 1/2 mile section wasn't done. McQueen's Gap to past shelter need weed eating. All water bars need cleaning. There are 5 downed trees greater than 9 inches diameter. 3 are easy step overs but two could be used to be removed. Worst downed tree was near turn around point when we met Carl and Tony coming the other way.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 01/23/2020
Purpose: Blowdown Removal and Brushing
People: Dean Baird, Phyllis Cairnes, Dan Firth, Carl Fritz, Elzear Lemieux
Summary: Another hard working crew also tackled Backbone Rock Trail and headed south on AT as far as 3.5 miles. All blowdowns were cleared with hand saws and most of encroaching vegetation. All hiked 9.4 miles with Phyllis and Dan doing 12.4 miles. Trails are in good shape.


Section 2b: Abingdon Gap Shelter to McQueen’s Gap
Reporting: Steve Wilson
Date: 07/18/2020
Purpose: Cut Weeds & Cleaned Water Bars
People: Steve Perri
Steve Wilson
Summary: We cut weeds from McQueen’s Gap to Abingdon Gap Shelter, plus an half-mile section past the shelter. We also cleaned water bars with our shoe heels, and removed a blowdown on the blue blaze trail to the spring with a hand saw. Painted the white blazes at McQueen Gap. The trail section is clear and in good shape.

Reporting: Steve Wilson
Date: 05/30/2020
Purpose: Cleaning Water Bars & Cutting Briars
People: Carl Belcher & Steve Wilson
Summary: We scouted for blowdowns, cleared water diversions, and lopped briars from McQueen’s Gap to Abingdon Gap Shelter. The trail section is clear and in good shape.

Reporting: phyllis cairnes
Date: 03/16/2020
Purpose: shelter maintenance
People: Phyllis Cairnes
Rolla Wade
Summary: It was a great day to hike in from Low Gap and tidy up the shelter before the bump of hikers. The trail looked good except for a large ball- tangle of limbs and vines (about 1/8 mi. N of Low Gap) causing hikers to walk below the trail. At the shelter I painted over the graffiti board, we picked up trash, shoveled the fire ring, cleaned rain guttering. We saw no other hikers today.


Section 3a: McQueen’s Gap – Spring 2.3 miles N of Low Gap
Reporting: Steve Perri
Date: 07/11/2020
Purpose: Cut Weeds
People: Steve Perri
Summary: Hiked in from McQueens Gap cutting weeds as primary activity. Cleaned out water bars with my heel. Cut a few low hanging branches, but mostly cut weeds. Shelter may have been used in the past few weeks, but fire pit free of trash. Water at spring was flowing fairly well. The weeding is done for this section now from McQueens Gap to 421. Saw 10 hikers, 2 section hikers, 2 thru hikers and the rest day hikers in from 421.

Reporting: Tony Messina
Date: 01/31/2020
Purpose: Maintenance Patrol
People: Tony Messina
Renee Messina
Summary: Renee and I did an initial patrol of our new maintenance section, McQueens Gap to US421. There was an inch or two of snow in some places and we were even snowed on a little bit, though the temperature was near 40F. We encountered a number of blowdowns, several of which we cleared by hand and hand saw. Four remain which will require us to go back with a chain saw. All four are either simple step overs or easy duck unders. Water diversions are needed on steep sections at both ends of the section, more so on the north end.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 12/31/2019
Purpose: Rehab Shelter
People: Carl Fritz, Tony Messina
Summary: We cleaned several water diversions up the initial southern climb from McQueen's Gap. Fortunately, we only carried in the one piece of lumber, 4x6, that we ended up using. We had to make about three trips back to truck for more tools. We moved the right front corner in about two inches and lifted that corner some by putting rock supports under it. We planted the 4x6 about 18" deep and set it upright in the corner. Then we used long screws to fasten it to many of the logs. The shelter still has some life left in it.


Section 3b: Spring to US421
Reporting: Steve Perri
Date: 06/13/2020
Purpose: Annual Maintenance and Weeding
People: Carl Belcher, Steve Perri, Steve Wilson
Summary: Conducted Spring and weeding on the A.T. from 421 to the spring. Cut lots of briars and other growth since no trip was carried out in March. I cut the weeds with a scythe moving way ahead of Steve W. and Carl B who were working separately. Carl did heavy lopping and Steve W cleaned out water bars and coweta dips with a heavy duty hoe. One blowdown with entangled vines dragged off the trail just past the old fence posts about 0.5 mi in. Two easy step over blowdowns of dead trees just past the rock wall remain from previous years. The Spring was running slowly and Steve cleaned this out too. Need to paint blue blaze for spring even though it is hard to miss. Saw 3 thru-hikers and maybe 4 section hikers all going north.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 07/28/2019
Purpose: Campsite inventory
People: Phyllis Cairnes, Kim Peters
Summary: Conducted campsite inventory

Reporting: steve Perri
Date: 07/05/2019
Purpose: Cut Weeds
People: Carl Belcher, Ted Malone, Steve Perri, Steve Wilson
Summary: We cut weeds to clear up the trail from Double Spring to Abingdon Gap Shelter. We drove up to McQueens Gap and split into 2 groups. Steve Wilson and Carl hiked to Abingdon Gap cutting weeds and checking on the shelter. Ted and Steve Perri hiked in and out to Double Spring. We encountered 2 blowdown going towards the spring: a step over with blue paint on it before the emergency shelter and another step over 3/4 of the way to the spring. The shelter has been somewhat reinforced with logs criss-crossing the entrance to brace the walls since the shelter has a slight lean. We picked up trash at the shelter and some at the spring. We encountered no hikers all day, but saw some bear scat a day or so old. We also were surprised by a 2.5 ft rattle snake on the way back. Fortunately, I saw the snake coil up rather than hear the rattler as I cut weeds within 3 feet of the snake on the trail. We encouraged the snake off the trail with a stick.


Section 4a: US421 to Double Springs Shelter
Reporting: Dan Firth
Date: 08/17/2020
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
People: Dan Firth
Summary: Cleared two blowdowns, cleaned water diversions and cut back branches and briars.

Reporting: Dan Firth
Date: 07/09/2020
Purpose: Trim Weeds
People: Dan Firth
Joe Morris
Tim Stewart
Bill Murdock
Paul Benfield
Summary: Trimmed weeds along the entire section and cleared one blowdown.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/08/2020
Purpose: Prepare weed trimmers
People: Carl Fritz
Summary: I retrieved a trimmer from Unicoi and equipped seven trimmers plus extra supplies of gas and cutting materials.


Section 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
Reporting: Elzear Lemieux
Date: 09/21/2020
Purpose: AT Maintenance
People: Elzear Lemieux
Emily Lemieux
Eric Fritz
Summary: Hiked trail and inspected
Weed-Eated several sections of the trail.
Cut back vegetation along the trail.
Water sources were flowing

Reporting: Elzear Lemieux
Date: 08/23/2020
Purpose: AT Maintenance
People: Elzear Lemieux
Emily Lemieux
Summary: Hiked section for inspection
Removed a 9" Blowdown and cut back some vegetation

Reporting: Elzear Lemieux
Date: 07/23/2020
Purpose: AT Maintenance
People: Elzear Lemieux
Emily Lemieux
Summary: Weed eat trail for 0.8 South of Shelter
Removed small blowdown
Trimmed back vegetation


Section 5: TN91 to Iron Mountain Shelter
Reporting: Greg Kramer
Date: 08/10/2020
Purpose: Weeding
People: Greg Kramer
Summary: Nearly completed summer weeding. All trail is completed but a 2 mile section on one side.

Reporting: Greg Kramer
Date: 07/07/2020
Purpose: Weeding
People: Greg Kramer
Summary: Weeds were high from shelter to Nick Grindstaff Monument. Talked to hiker who stayed at the shelter 7/6 and said a large black bear came to the shelter, 4 times. I posted a sign to say to not camp at shelter for now.

Reporting: Greg Kramer
Date: 06/01/2020
Purpose: Blowdown removal
People: Greg Kramer, Carl Fritz, Bill Murdock
Summary: Removed hazard trees in the camping area in section 4 near the water source. Removed one large blowdown near shelter. Removed two trees that tops were down. Bill Murdock repaired the water source near the start of the section.


Section 6: Iron Mountain Shelter to Vandeventer Shelter
Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 08/13/2020
Purpose: Define Access Trail
People: Dan Firth
Summary: Carl requested Dan to define the elevation profile of an access trail to Turkeypen Gap. And he was able to do so. The trail is 3.5 miles and averages 10% grade.

Reporting: Katie Currier
Date: 06/17/2020
Purpose: SAWS Crew-Tread restoration
People: Gabe Nelson
Michael Stapleton
Grey Bullock
Summary: The crew re treaded over 300 ft of tread in the 3 miles north of vandeventer, reestablishing the backslope, hinge and deberming.

Reporting: Scotty Bowman
Date: 07/30/2020
Purpose: Brushing out the trail corridor
People: Scotty Bowman
Grey Bullock
Gabe Nelson
Summary: The SAWS crew hiked in Thursday, July 30 and I hiked in the next day Friday, July 31. Over the next 3 days, we brushed out 4 miles starting at Iron Mountain shelter working our way south to Vandeventer shelter. Although it rained most of the time it did not impede the work. During our time, I removed 5 blowdowns with a silky saw.

All springs are flowing really well, plenty of water to go around. We were going to repaint blazes but I will attempt that at another time when the weather is better.


Section 7: Vandeventer Shelter to Wilbur Dam Rd
Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 09/26/2020
Purpose: Inspect trail and minor brushing
People: Dan Firth, Carl Fritz, Tim Stewart
Summary: We hiked about 2.5 miles on an old FS road to just south of Turkey Pen Gap. We checked out the lower relocation done by SAWS several years ago. Then we hiked on towards Wilbur Dam Road. We only encountered four hikers. But one was completing the AT with his last section. A number of rhododendron along this section have a disease and show yellow leaves. So they are dying and some are dead. SAWS has redug some short sections north of Vandeventer Shelter and improved the trail. They also have cut most of the bothersome weeds (briars) this summer. There was very little evidence of ATVs. The wilderness boundary sign is still at old boundary. Vandeventer Shelter looked in good shape except graffiti board needs painted (and we had wrong paint) and a new 10 foot piece of guttering is needed in back. The front guttering could use a minor splice in the middle. There is a large dead oak beside the shelter and it will be evaluated further. Carl and Dan did some follow up work with communication, data analysis and obtaining shapefiles of the wilderness area.

Reporting: Scotty Bowman
Date: 08/26/2020
Purpose: Weeding
People: Scotty Bowman
Summary: It was a hot day for the continuation of cutting back vegetation from a previous trip. I was able to hit about a 3/4 mile stretch before the swing blade broke.

Reporting: Katie currier
Date: 08/02/2020
Purpose: Brushing and Blazing saws section
People: Gabe Nelson
Grey Bullock
Summary: Crew brushed back annual vegetation and reblazed sections that needed it.


Section 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
Reporting: Gayle Riddervold
Date: 09/14/2020
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
People: Gayle Riddervold and Becky Kinder
Summary: Cut and removed a very hard locust tree that fell across the trail. Also cut back more Rhododendren's and thorny weeds.

Reporting: Gayle Riddervold
Date: 09/08/2020
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
People: Gayle Riddervold and Becky Kinder
Summary: Starting at Wilbur Dam Road, we cleaned off the steps and cut back rhodendron bushes. We only made it to the top of the Rocky crest because there were many thorny weeds and Rhododendren bushes to cut back.

Reporting: Gayle Riddervold
Date: 08/09/2020
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
People: Gayle Riddervold and Becky Kinder
Summary: We went North of the Iron gate to cut down a small blow down. Then we went South of the gate to cut a few weeds and remove a tree that was sitting half way in the trail that we had tried to saw on 2 separate occasions. This time we successfully cut thru it and pushed it out of the trail.


Section 9a: US321 to Pond Flats
Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 07/02/2020
Purpose: Brushing
People: Clark Hasler, Vic Hasler
Summary: Older son home, so we decided to get some exercise by brushing along an A.T. section. South of US321 was selected as last trip report was in October 2019. Drove to the cemetery to enjoy a sunny view of Watauga Lake and then hiked up to the temporary campsite to begin brushing uphill side of the path. We traded turns on the loppers and swing blade heading south on the A.T. until our agreed turnaround time was reached. At most, we covered a mile removing rhododendron, briars, and deadwood from two-foot space. Only one backpacker was seen. The campsite does not appear to have had any recent use. New artwork observed in the USFS bulletin board at the wilderness boundary. Blazes appear to be in good condition.

Reporting: Scotty Bowman
Date: 10/15/2019
Purpose: Campsite Inventory
People: Scotty Bowman
Summary: I spent the day completing campsite inventorying for the Pond Mtn Wilderness sections.

Reporting: joe morris
Date: 10/10/2019
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
People: Joe Morris

Cory Franklin
Summary: Removed two blowdowns and cut back a large amount of vegetation.
Saw Five hikers a great day in the woods


Section 9b: Pond Flats to Hampton trailhead
Reporting: Dean Baird
Date: 07/25/2020
Purpose: Inspect and maintain trail; evaluate areas that need rehab
People: Dean Baird
Joe Morris
Summary: We trimmed rhodo, weeds (many), etc. and removed 2 blowdowns , one of which was a large oak tree on one of the HardCore relo sidehill sections. In the case of the large oak, it is actually still over the trail but hiking traffic can easily walk adjacent to the tree and there is essentially a two-foot trail widening at this point.

We checked the spring at the top of Pond, which is running very well with no problems around the spring.

In addition, we examined and mapped several switchbacks and other locations that need rehabilitation and located one area with several available locusts ( located close to the trail) that could be used to assist with rehab.

After completing this, we drove to Shook Branch and trimmed very high grass and weeds at the very beginning of the North Pond section before it enters the woods starting uphill from 321.

Reporting: Dean Baird
Date: 06/29/2020
Purpose: Inspect and maintain trail
People: Dean Baird
Jennifer Baird
Summary: We finished weed-eating under the power lines (Thank you, Carl) then proceeded to the area of non-power tool vegetation removal and cut back heavy growth of (in particular) dog hobble and weeds of various ilks.
We removed 2 large bags of trash.
We also noted that the trail is, again, mostly washed out in the low area near the creek that (at least recently) frequently floods. We are pondering how long a significant amount of big rock will maintain the trail until the next megaflood (s) or whether something else should be done (i.e., a heavy boardwalk or something like that.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 06/12/2020
Purpose: Cut Weeds
People: Carl Fritz
Summary: I did some whacking of growth under the power line.


Section 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
Reporting: Joe Morris
Date: 09/18/2020
Purpose: Blowdown removal
People: Joe Morris
Summary: I removed two blowdowns about one and a half miles south of the Hampton blue blaze and one other on the blue blaze approach

Reporting: Tim Stewart
Date: 06/25/2020
Purpose: inspect bridge timbers
People: Tim Stewart
Bob Peoples
Summary: Bob and I went to inspect the landscape timbers of the two bridges via the Hampton blue blazer. Most were in good condition. A detailed list has been sent to Carl.

We also did some lopping of rhodos. The trail looked good otherwise.

The trail was quite busy for a Thursday morning. Parking lot was full upon return.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 06/04/2020
Purpose: Blaze, Prune, minor Rehab
People: Bob Peoples, Elaine Ma "T-Storm", Eileen Hill, Beth Tryer
Summary: "T-Storm" brought two friends from Asheville to do trail maintenance. She had worked with us last during 2015 Hard Core. They painted some blazes. At top and bottom of stairs to falls the blaze trees have fallen. So they blazed appropriate rocks. They had to set one rock. At Falls they did indicate N or S. They pruned the high water blue blaze trail. It needs some rehab. They were able to set two locust steps on AT near shelter. One step had rotted out and a second was needed.


Section 11a: Dennis Cove Road to Canute Place
Reporting: Pat Loven
Date: 09/07/2020
Purpose: Remove tree
People: Pat Loven
Carl Fritz
Summary: Carl and I went back to Canute Field today to remove a large blowdown blocking the trail on the northern edge of the field. With Carl’s expertise and after many, many cuts we were able to clear the trail.

Reporting: Pat Loven
Date: 08/25/2020
Purpose: Routine maintenance
People: Pat Loven
Summary: Worked the top portion of this section today. Cut back vegetation, sawed a number of trees ( mostly dead ) that had fallen onto trail. Vegetation was very heavy in a couple of areas opened up by forest fires a few years back . Also dismantled one campsite.
I did find a large blowdown a few yards north of Canute’s that was too big for me to tackle. Was able to cut a temporary bypass until tree is removed.
Also cut one tree that was blocking the Jeep road going up the mountain.

Reporting: Pat Loven
Date: 05/31/2020
Purpose: Remove blowdowns
People: Patrick Loven
Karen Loven
Pat Loven
Summary: We parked a vehicle in Dennis Cove and Patrick drove us to White Rock and we worked back north.
Trail condition was actually better than we anticipated although there were quite a number of blowdowns. Many were in the 6-8” range with a couple of 14 “ which required numerous cuts. The largest was a dead 24” hemlock blocking the trail about half mile above Dennis Cove. We also trimmed a lot of encroaching vegetation. Looks like another good growing season in the mountains.
Met fourteen hikers and most were traveling north. Weather in the mountains was perfect - a good day!


Section 11b: Canute Place to Bitter End
Reporting: Tim Stewart
Date: 08/08/2020
Purpose: weed wack and remove blowdown
People: Tim Stewart
Carl Fritz
Summary: Originally I was only planning to cut back vegetation at the Canute Place and several other spots. Carl had a report of a blowdown so he decided to join me.

We went in via Moreland Gap Shelter access point and then hiked to Canute Place noting several step over blowdowns. We also encountered the reported one which was obstructing the trail and would require several cuts.

At the Canute Place it was evident that someone had already done some weed wacking (assuming Pat). I did a quick wack-thru to further lower the grass. I also opened up visibility and access to the spring blue blazer.

On the hike back we removed approximately 12 blowdowns including the reported one. We also identified some locust logs for potential future water diversions.

Reporting: Tim Stewart
Date: 07/18/2020
Purpose: check section
People: Tim Stewart
Summary: Went to check a portion of my section via the Moreland Gap Shelter access point. Hiked South for a couple of miles, lopping rhodos and other encroaching vegetation as I went. Nothing major encountered
and the trail looked good. Saw a couple of Flippers hiking South.

On the way home I stopped at Shook Branch to investigate a blowdown near the trailhead parking area. Found the stepover and determined I could remove with Silky saw. It took 2 cuts and about 1/2 hour. Shook Branch Rec Area was crowded with swimmers escaping the 90f heat.

Reporting: Tim Stewart
Date: 05/30/2020
Purpose: check section
People: Tim Stewart
Summary: After this brief trail maintenance hiatus because of Covid-19, I finally had the chance to check a portion of my section. I hiked in from Bitter End for about 2 miles. I lopped rhodos (of course) and removed a few minor blowdowns. Overall the trail was in good condition.

I did encounter a few backpackers.


Section 12a: Bitter End to Walnut Mountain Road
Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 07/23/2020
Purpose: Measure distances and trim rhododendron
People: Vic Hasler
Summary: Starting at Walnut Mountain Road, I ran the rolling wheel to gather distances for the four simple bridges (0.76, 0.84, 1.22, and 1.26 miles) before the view with a bench at 1.75 miles. This information will be used to update the A.T. Guidebook. I also lopped more rhododendron to open several places in the green tunnel. The white blooms were in peak opening or just past. Dismantled one fire ring and hauled out a shower curtain left at the small campsite. Around the viewpoint, I also removed pines which had or would encroach on the path. Back at the trailhead, I gave “Frog” from South Carolina a lift into cell phone service range as his wife was heading to pick him up after 20 days on the A.T. Learned that NC/Elk Park does not have any AT&T or Verizon service while TN/Roan Mountain side of the border does.

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 07/03/2020
Purpose: Brushing
People: Vic Hasler
Summary: Eastman holiday allowed a before sunrise drive to the trailhead. Would be helpful if Carter County installed road signs along Buck Mtn Road as I missed the turn for Walnut Mtn Road so turned around at the church. (Lowe’s delivery flatbed would also agree in his search for a specific road.) Used a trash grabber to pick up litter and recyclables around trailhead. Since Kat had surgery earlier this year, my goal was to cut back to the rhododendron. Appears there was some fire along the first part of the trail as lopped sharp dead branches. I can definitely tell where Rolla, Ember, and I worked in April 2018 as part of Third Saturday to the first footbridge, roughly a mile. Continued steadily to the second bridge – and then walked to the third with lesser trimming done to ensure nothing blocking the path. It would be good to run the measuring wheel to have these distances in the A.T. Guidebook. Neither campsite seen on this section , at former FS road and by third footbridge, appear to have been used in 2020. More brushing could be beneficial but the noon heat defined the end of my day.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 09/04/2019
Purpose: Campsite assessment
People: Kat Johnson, Kim Peters
Summary: Conducted campsite inventory


Section 12b: Walnut Mountain Road to Sugar Hollow Creek
Reporting: Tony Messina
Date: 06/22/2020
Purpose: Blowdowns
People: Tony & Renee Messina
Summary: We cleared a couple of large blowdowns near Mountaineer Falls Shelter , the largest was about 20inch diameter. We also removed several smaller blowdowns and encroachments between the shelter and Walnut Mtn Road. It was an absolutely gorgeous day to be in the woods, high temp up there was in the 70's with a nice breeze. We covered as far as Mountaineer Falls and saw four individual section hikers and five pairs of other backpackers.

Reporting: GERALD N SCOTT
Date: 03/21/2020
Purpose: Routine Spring Maintenance
People: Gerald Scott
Eric Scott
Summary: Install "Wash Pit" sign inside shelter. Sign had location of wash pit and instruction on how to use it. Encountered 5 day/weekend hikers, no through hikers.

Reporting: Elzear Lemieux
Date: 03/16/2020
Purpose: AT Maintenance
People: Elzear Lemieux
Greg Kramer
Bob Peoples
Tim Steward
Summary: Primary job was to construct 3 water diversion systems (trench with stone steps method was used for all three diversions) 0.5 to 1.0 miles south of Walnut Mountain road. We also cut back some Rhododendron Bushes, cleaned out some existing water diversions, cleaned out a fire ring at a designated campsite, and cut in some trail that had been narrowed by soil sliding on the trail from above.


Section 12c: Sugar Hollow Creek to Campbell Hollow Road
Reporting: Kayla Carter
Date: 08/07/2020
Purpose: Sharing Stewardship
People: Allie Bynum, Kayla Carter
Summary: I was quite excited to share the experience of giving back to the trail with Allie! Painting blazes is one of the more memorable and exciting things we can do to bring folks into the fold. I think she is interested in learning more about how to adopt a section of the trail! We took turns painting blue blazes from the rock outcropping junction on the AT to the water source and no further. I'm glad we could do so as there were a few folks who doubled checked with us for directions. I think this will help folks feel more confident about their hike while day hiking and help thru hikers stay on the right path at this sometimes confusing intersection. We cut back encroaching vegetation on the blue blaze and the AT to Jones Falls. Planning another trip soon to finally get after the blowdowns and do one long sweep of the whole section as the season changes. Proud of the work we accomplished! Thanks to the Club for supporting improvements to this access point to the AT from Elk River Falls.

Reporting: Kayla Carter
Date: 06/20/2020
Purpose: Reconnaissance
People: Kayla and Ed Carter
Summary: This was my first time out since the quarantine. For our Fathers Day camping trip, we mixed some work (trail maintenance) and play (camping and fishing). We hiked in from Elk River Falls on the improved fisherman's trail. WOW! Good work. Thank you!! Our goal for the outing was to clear blowdowns and cut back vegetation along the whole section, but we weren't able to make it all the way to Campbell Hollow Road. I will return another weekend to finish the lopping as well as cut the larger blowdowns by saw or axe with help. We were only able to clear one small blowdown the with the tools we brought this time. We were able to get all the vegetation cut back from Sugar Hollow Creek to Jones Falls. We also picked up trash (Elk River Falls trash issue is getting worse), checked the water sources and made sure that no one has stolen the Jones Falls sign. It would seem to me that the Jones Falls waterfall is getting quite a bit more visitation. Staying the night on my section was quite eye opening. We met 8 thru hikers and 17 day hikers. Five (one group of three and two solo hikers) of those day hikers were lost looking for Jones Falls. I would suggest, if able, painting one blue blaze on the tree at the fisherman's trail and AT junction. It's quite confusing there. There are white blazes visible, but I think having a blue blaze at the rocks may help folks find their way back from the waterfall as well as avoid a wrong turn on the AT a bit better. I witnessed both while out there. A few folks went off toward Elk River Falls instead of making the right turn there at the rock outcropping to continue northbound on AT. Then a lady wandered up to our camp at Sugar Hollow Creek asking how to get back to Elk River Falls. Next trip will be for weedeating, clearing blowdowns and cutting vegetation from Jones Falls to Campbell Hollow Road.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 11/29/2019
Purpose: Brush access trail
People: Dan Firth, Carl Fritz, Bob Peoples
Summary: Access trail along Elk River had become a tangle of rhododendron. This was pushing hikers and our maintainers almost into the river and was requiring in clamoring up and down the four foot river bank. We cut back the rhododendron. Also, we found a new blowdown at Jones Branch. We cut off the top of tree and its protruding branches but left the main tree beside the trail. Its root ball is 25 feet in the air if you can envision that.


Section 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
Reporting: Kevin Sedgwick
Date: 09/15/2020
Purpose: clear trail
People: Kevin Sedgwick
Summary: Weed Whacked trail for the last time this year. I believe it grew another foot plus since I was here just a few weeks ago. Ended up cutting some of what I did last time. Found a few minor blowdowns and cleared them. Cut back rhododendron. Met 6 section hikers.

Reporting: Kevin Sedgwick
Date: 08/26/2020
Purpose: Weed Whack
People: Kevin Sedgwick, Gloria Sedgwick
Summary: Gloria Shuttled me around today. Continued cutting weeds, rose and ect. Cleaned out water bars.

Reporting: Kevin Sedgwick
Date: 08/13/2020
Purpose: clear vegetation
People: Kevin Sedgwick
Summary: weed whack. Cut , chop, stomp weed whack. meet 6 section hikers. All super happy to be out.


Section 13: US19E to Doll Flats
Reporting: Michael Watts
Date: 09/02/2020
Purpose: Remove blowdowns
People: Rick Lott
Kevin Sedgewick
Mike Watts
Summary: Removed reported blowdown south of former Apple House shelter and cleared smaller tangle south of highway. Also removed two blowdowns a short distance north of 19E.

Reporting: Michael Watts
Date: 08/25/2020
Purpose: Cut weeds
People: Michael Watts
Summary: Cut weeds close to 19E

Reporting: Michael Watts
Date: 07/10/2020
Purpose: Bridge repair
People: Rick Lott, Michael Watts
Summary: Rick Lott and Mike Watts replaced the lathe covering of the treadway on the log bridge south of the old Apple House shelter location. Removed trash from trail head and did light trimming along the trail.


Section 14a: Doll Flats to Bradley Gap
Reporting: Richard Ramsey
Date: 08/22/2020
Purpose: Assessment of condition
People: Richard Ramsey
Summary: Just assessing condition of trail. There is a 14" blow down at Apple House that need removed. The balds are about knee high. I don’t plan on cutting back the grass and encroaching vegetation. I feel that it only encourages people to walk out of the rut and widen the trail.
If this is not consistent with the trail maintenance practices please let me know.
Found a tent partly blown down just below the plaque on Hump mountain with sleeping pads and a few other items. I took it down and gathered it up to keep it from killing vegetation. Will return with
a large pack and carry it out next week, if it is still there.

Reporting: Richard Ramsey
Date: 08/08/2020
Purpose: Weedeat Doll Flats
People: Cheryl and Richard Ramsey
Summary: Weed eating trail through field. Cleaned up campsites and fire rings.

Reporting: Richard Ramsey
Date: 06/27/2020
Purpose: Weedeat Doll Flats
People: Richard Ramsey
Cheryl Ramsey
Summary: Cut back grass and weed through the field along the trail at Doll Flats. Cleaned up trash in campsites.


Section 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
Reporting: Jake Mitchell
Date: 08/08/2020
Purpose: Weeding and Mowing
People: Jake Mitchell - 6
Cody Mitchell - 6
Summary: Walked out to Bradley Gap and back shearing and lopping the major limbs and weeds overhanging the trail. Grasses are growing, but can wait a few weeks before the next hard cutback with weedeater. Upon returning to the shelter, we dismantled all of the fire rings except the big one, mowed the open space and cut back weeds on the trail to the privy and around the barn with weed eater. We mowed it very close to the ground so it can probably wait until mid September before next mowing.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/25/2020
Purpose: Inspect trail, minor brushing, graffiti removal, grass cutting
People: Carl Fritz, Bill Murdoch, Tim Stewart
Summary: Our primary objective was to define what rehab we could do in Bradley Gap area to reduce some wet areas. There are also some wet areas in the woods south of Bradley Gap that could use some rehab. We successfully removed some painted graffiti on one of the upright rocks on Little Hump. With string trimmers we cut the grass in the camping area at the barn. There were many hikers today in small groups, mostly families.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/09/2020
Purpose: Rehab trail and cut weeds
People: Carl Fritz, Greg Kramer, Elzear Lemieux, Tony Messina
Summary: Tony cut some more weeds out to Little Hump. Elzear and Tony removed a blowdown. Elzear, Greg and Carl continued to install water diversions, cleaned some water diversions and installed a step. Basically, we completed the current rehab of the north side of Yellow Mountain Gap. There were fewer hikers today than last week.


Section 14c: Stan Murray Shelter to Carvers Gap
Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 08/21/2020
Purpose: Inspect trail and shelter
People: Jen Barnhardt, Carl Fritz
Summary: Jen Barnhardt, the new Ranger for Appalachian Ranger District, and I visited the Overmountain Shelter on a rainy day. Recent rains have obviously washed the roads more. Jen requested this site visit. Afterwards I walked the AT to Buckeye Gap to check weed growth which was not much.

Reporting: Richard Carter
Date: 08/18/2020
Purpose: paint graffiti board
People: Richard Carter
Summary: Walked the section for routine check (no blowdowns), checked the shelter, swept it & picked up a small bag of trash, kilz painted the graffiti board, checked the spring, which is running very well, and left a new shelter register.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 06/25/2020
Purpose: Cut Weeds
People: Carl Fritz, Tony Messina, Joe Morris, Bill Murdoch
Summary: We cut weeds from Stan Murray Shelter to Grassy Ridge. We also cut back the blueberries on beginning of Grassy Ridge trail. Tony had to exit at Carver's Gap because he did a key swap with Renee. So he did some cutting all the way to Carver's Gap. Day with 20% chance of rain sure deluged us from Elizabethton on. to Overmountain Shelter. Rain finally stopped by noon. So we had a chance to see water running in trail. There were a lot of hikers and over nighters on a wet day.


Section 15a: Carvers Gap – Cloudland Hotel
Reporting: Saylor Fox
Date: 09/04/2020
Purpose: Clear water diversions
People: Saylor Fox
Summary: Cleaned water diversions.

Reporting: Saylor Fox
Date: 08/16/2020
Purpose: Walk the entire section to determine trail maintenance needs.
People: Saylor Fox
Bettye Boone
Summary: We hiked our section of the trail. Opened up a water diversion at the old chimney near Cloudland Hotel. Moved two small blowdowns. Shelter was clean and water sources running well. Need a new shelter journal/log as someone took the baggie and the mice have eaten many of the pages.

Reporting: Saylor Fox
Date: 06/22/2020
Purpose: Removed Blowdowns
People: Saylor Fox
Carl Fritz
Summary: Removed 6 blowdowns. Carl was the Sawyer; Saylor assisted with appropriate social distancing and a mask.


Section 15b: Cloudland Hotel – Hughes Gap
Reporting: TONY MESSINA
Date: 09/21/2020
Purpose: Blowdowns
People: Tony & Renee Messina
Summary: We shuttled cars and cleared blowdowns from Cloudland to Hughes Gap in response to reports from Mike Watts via Carl. A couple of the blowdowns were complex 'rats nests' of relatively small diameter treetops. All in all we cleared about a dozen logs from the trail. There remain several tall and large 'leaners' that may fall one of these days but are not worth addressing at this time. It was an absolutely gorgeous day to be on the mountain....a little nippy, in the 40's at Carver's Gap this morning....but very refreshing.

Reporting: Lori Mirrer
Date: 06/29/2020
Purpose: cut weeds, cut/move log, pick up trash
People: Lori Mirrer
Kim Peters
Summary: Kim and I combined trail work with a wonderful, quiet overnight hang at Ash Gap.
On the way to the Gap from Cloudland, we (well, mostly Kim with a sling blade; I had a pruner for larger stuff) cut weeds. There was also a log across the trail that Kim was able to saw and move out of the way. Several water bars were clogged; we cleared what we could with what we had with us.
The water source was in good shape, although the walk down to it can be nasty, particularly at the slippery bit right before you get to the water.
After a lovely night at Ash Gap, I took over the sling blade and cleared the path up to Beartown Mountain.
Both days, I collected trash along the trail and in Ash Gap. Fortunately, the few fire rings were relatively clean.
There's a larger log across the trail that could be a project for someone wanting some chainsaw time (I'll send a photo and location).
And I plan to be back (in a few weeks, probably) to fully clean the water bars, touch up some blazes and add two where I think they'd help hikers. Hoping to make it another overnight.

Reporting: Tony Messina
Date: 07/23/2020
Purpose: Blowdowns
People: Tony & Renee Messina
Summary: At the request of USFS via Carl, Renee and I cleared a large blowdown on the Cloudland Trail between Cloudland and the Rhododendron Gardens. We also cleared a couple of smaller blowdowns near the bus parking lot. The trail is now clear all the way to the Roan High Bluff Observation Platform. There are still a few large leaners along the trail that do not restrict the pathway. They will fall eventually, but in the mean time they add character to a beautiful trail.


Section 16a: Hughes Gap to Greasy Creek Gap
Reporting: James Foster
Date: 08/26/2020
Purpose: Routine maintenance
People: John Tomko, James Foster
Summary: A good day cleaning water bars and removing 6 small to medium blowdowns. The trail is in good shape with no obstruction.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 07/29/2020
Purpose: Cut back annual growth and trim weeds
People: Joel Zabel, Joy Zabel, Jim Foster
Summary: We trimmed both the trail and the growth along the sides. We also cut an 18" blowdown (mostly Joel) with the Silky. Good saw 3 hikers and the trail is in good shape.

Reporting: James Foster
Date: 07/20/2020
Purpose: Trim trail
People: Joy Zabel, Joel Zabel, Jim Foster
Summary: We used the string trimmer and the DeWalt trimmer to trim the annual growth along the trail from Greasy Creek to Clyde Smith Shelter. Very hot day and we only saw two hikers.


Section 16b: Greasy Creek Gap to Iron Mountain Gap
Reporting: Joe Morris
Date: 09/23/2020
Purpose: Blowdown removal and clean water bars
People: Joe Morris
Summary: Cleaned water bars and removed two nuisance blowdowns near Greasey Creek Gap.

Reporting: Joe Morris
Date: 07/22/2020
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
People: Joe Morris
Summary: Weedeating. USFS had mowed apple orchard recently.

Reporting: Joe Morris
Date: 06/06/2020
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
People: Joe Morris
Summary: Weedeating from Iron Mtn Gap to Weedy Gap.


Section 17: Iron Mountain Gap to FS230 switchback
Reporting: Joel Zabel
Date: 09/19/2020
Purpose: cut blowdowns, retrieve trash
People: Ed Brading
Denny Samuel
Marianne Huff
Joy Zabel
Joel Zabel
Summary: Cut 3 blowdowns with hand saws; largest was 12"+ dia. Carried out 2 dirty, soggy, cheap sleeping bags that were abandoned on the top of Unaka Mtn. Checked shelter.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 09/03/2020
Purpose: Rehab trail
People: John Beaudet, Van Hovey, Greg Kramer, Bob Peoples
Summary: This crew installed 4 locust steps in first switchback above the FS230 switchback. Some then came down and helped second crew working further south. This completes most of the major planned rehab on this section.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 08/27/2020
Purpose: Rehab trail
People: John Beaudet, Carl Fritz, Van Hovey, Greg Kramer, Elzear Lemieux, Tony Messina, Bill Murdoch, Bob Peoples
Summary: We continued to add rock water diversions and have that generally completed in this area. One switchback could benefit from a half dozen steps and that will be a future trip. We only saw four day hikers.


Section 18: FS230 switchback to Indian Grave Gap
Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 09/10/2020
Purpose: Rehab trail
People: John Beaudet, Michael Casper, Dan Firth, Carl Fritz, Van Hovey, Greg Kramer, Elzear Lemieux, Tony Messina, Bill Murdoch, Bob Peoples, Kevin Sedgwick
Summary: We installed a post with blazes just south of Indian Grave Gap. We did a lot of rehab adding rock and locust steps, locust side logs with back fill, locust water diversions, and rock water diversions. Also, we removed a lot of old stumps that were in the trail. It was a warm day and needless to say everyone was soaked from perspiration. But we will return again.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 09/03/2020
Purpose: Rehab trail
People: Carl Fritz, Tony Messina, Joe Morris, Bill Murdoch, Kevin Sedgwick
Summary: Bob and Carl retrieved two truck loads of locust logs from our stash at Watauga Work Center. It took longer than expected and we took a detour so we were 45 minutes late getting to rendezvous. They liked the paid time without having to work. But everyone jumped in to start stashing logs at various places from Indian Grave Gap to Unaka Mtn. This crew actually was able to do our work with just rocks today. We added three water diversions, some rock pavers and about nine rock steps with a lot of rubble.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 08/13/2020
Purpose: Inspect trail
People: Carl Fritz, Tony Messina, Bill Murdoch, Tim Stewart
Summary: We were inspecting trail. Trail is in good shape and vegetation has recently been cut. Mostly, water diversions need to be added or improved. We may have to transport some locust logs to this area. Interesting that new flower for us was seen .


Section 19a: Indian Grave Gap – Curley Maple Gap Shelter
Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 09/19/2020
Purpose: Third Saturday Trail Maintenance – cut rhododendron growth
People: Mike Casper
Carl Fritz
Vic Hasler
Summary: Carl prepared for this work outing by repairing loppers, retrieving loppers from another maintainer, and getting paint from Lowe's.

Vic arrived early to break up the fire ring too close to the trail path at the second campsite south of Indian Grave Gap. The rocks and log seats were dispersed into the forest. Trash was removed from the ash mound which was then raked to spread out. A few broken trees were lopped from along the A.T. A small amount of trash was picked up from the Indian Grave Gap parking area.

For Mike, this work trip was his second with the club. For his prior effort on Sept 10th, Carl presented him with our recognition patch for first time maintainers.

Due to multiple reasons (illness, vehicle problems, other schedule conflicts), the original eight volunteers became a crew of three which shifted focus to access the A.T. by a shortcut to drop 1.5 miles at both ends of the trip. While the first chilly morning of the Fall season, clothing layers were being shed at the spring as the sidehill path was sheltered from the cool breeze. The crew continued to Curley Maple Gap shelter to start at the far end of the maintenance section. The graffiti board was given two coats of an oil-based white paint. The mouse-eaten shelter log was replaced. Broom and shovel were observed to be present. The previously reported tree limb had already been removed from the shelter roof and the broken rafter straightened. Rough measurements were taken to return with a supporting brace to attach.

The club’s battery-powered hedge trimmer was tested on rhododendrons for the first time. It quickly sliced through up to 0.5” branches with Carl as the fastest operator moving along the A.T. Mike and Vic lopped the larger growth to open the uphill side. The trimmer battery life was not specifically measured, but two rechargeable batteries lasted roughly 3.5-4 hours total in this service. A good application for the trimmer which we did not quite reach is a section of thick azaleas, thus recommend returning sometime soon to work more on this maintenance section, including the less than 0.5-mile section south of the spring.

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 09/12/2020
Purpose: Lop uphill side of trail
People: Vic Hasler
Summary: Early drive to Indian Grave Gap to arrive before sunrise. Picked up trash around the parking area to allow morning twilight to appear. Took a swing blade to the growth around the steps up the SB trail, then returned tool to the truck. Wanting to inspect the path for next weekend's Third Saturday outing and work further down the trail, I set a one-hour alarm on phone. I'm a slow hiker as only traveled around 2.5 miles, but decided uphill growth was sufficiently thick to begin lopping. Removed rhododendron and briers to just short of the bend of the spring around the corner when my hard stop time was reached. During the beautiful morning with a nice breeze, two NB thru-hikers passed by. One (Stumpy) shared there was trash at Curley Maple Gap shelter. A SB day hiker with dog on leash came along and so I gave him a grocery bag with request to pick up what he could. Everything was removed which was discarded clothing. My return trip was even slower as I had to lop any briers and pines discovered. Will need to arrange yet another visit, maybe from other direction, to perform trail maintenance closer to the shelter.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/09/2020
Purpose: Reconnaissance
People: Renee Messina, Sylvia Alvarado, Kris Murphy, and Cathy Rosario
Summary: A hiker reported to Bob Peoples that a tree had hit Curley Maple Gap Shelter. Renee organized a reconnaissance in just a couple of days. A tree did hit shelter over the sleeping platform and the back. A 2x6 rafter is broken and roofing is bent. But it looks like it is functionally reparable. Tree will need to be cleaned up. They also identified other blowdowns and potential hazard trees.


Section 19b: Curley Maple Gap Shelter – Nolichucky River
Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 09/26/2020
Purpose: Hang RR crossing sign and cut back dog-hobble/rhododendron
People: Vic Hasler
Summary: Chestoa parking lot was free of litter with just one overnight vehicle. First task at sunrise was to hang the replacement northbound metal railroad crossing warning sign that Steve Perri had created. Then relocated to outfitter parking lot to start by brushing in a shortcut parallel to the blue blaze trail. While hearing the Nolichucky River churn due to the recent rainfall, I quickly walked to observe the trail repair of a gouged hole back in June was successful plus three stepover blowdowns between the first and second bridges. Humidity this morning was nearly 100% as everything, including this maintainer, was damp. Started lopping rhododendron and used a swing blade on the dog-hobble and stinging nettle as steadily worked NOBO. (Last time this part of the section was heavily cut was June 2018.) Did see the reported 30" hemlock just under a mile from the outfitter. I opened a temporary bypass over the upper end as the blowdown was difficult to get around. Continue removing growth until reached the bottom of the switchback which was the planned stopping point for this day. Saw just one SOBO backpacker and a mother/daughter pair walking a dog on the trail. Driving out, I noticed ten vehicles parked at the Chestoa trailhead plus another ten along the road across from the hostel.

Reporting: Tony Messina
Date: 08/05/2020
Purpose: Blowdowns
People: Tony & Renee Messina
Summary: We hiked about a half mile north of USA Raft to clear a pair of blowdowns which had been reported to Carl this week. One was a tangle of smallish trees and the other was a single 12 inch tree across the trail. Both required a chainsaw. We also cleared three other recent small blowdowns that did not require a saw.

Afterwards we hiked about 0.7 miles south of USA Raft to clear a couple of leaners which Carl and I had observed last week. Both showed impending danger of falling and taking out sections of the trail with their rootballs. One was a single 12 inch tree near rock steps and the other was a triple trunk of 12 inchers. When the largest of the triple headed one broke off, Renee was standing where she could even feel the ground raise a bit under the rootball. We also cleared a couple more small recent blowdowns that did not require the saw.

Afterwards, Renee hiked on out to the Nolichucky Bridge and I hiked back to the car and picked her up on the way home. We ALMOST made it out before the rain hit, but didn't get too wet.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/29/2020
Purpose: Rehab trail
People: Carl Fritz, Tony Messina
Summary: We removed four minor blowdowns, some being step overs. We added more stepping stones to a wet area closer to Ouftitters. We improved the cut rock steps near the top, by cutting a rock and placing an additional step. We also used rocks to block hikers from walking to the outside of top of steps.


Section 20a: Nolichucky River to Temple Hill Gap
Reporting: Craig Haire
Date: 09/16/2020
Purpose: measure section length
People: Craig Haire
Summary: Distance with a measuring wheel from middle of Temple Hill Gap to edge of pavement at Unaka Springs Rd - 20, 358 ft (3.856 mi)
Distance to middle of Nolichucky Bridge - 20,776 ft (3.935 mi)
Distance from middle of Nolichucky Bridge to north edge of pavement in Chestoa - 361 ft
Saw 3 day hikers and 3 section hikers breaking camp at south end of Temple Ridge. Beautiful early fall day.

Reporting: Craig Haire
Date: 07/11/2020
Purpose: assessment of section
People: Craig Haire
Summary: The section is in excellent condition, but some rhodo branches were hanging down in the rhododendron tunnel at the south end. I cleared those. Saw only 2 day hikers.

Reporting: Thomas Broeker
Date: 03/22/2020
Purpose: Move rocks and logs into create steps
People: Thomas Broeker
Craig Hare
Summary: Moved logs and rocks up the trail for the next part of the project (creating steps)


Section 20b: Temple Hill Gap to Spivey Gap
Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 08/06/2020
Purpose: Cut Vegetation and Rehab
People: John Beaudet, Carl Fritz, Van Hovey, Greg Kramer, Tony Messina, Joe Morris, Bill Murdoch, Ken Murray, Lotta Murray, Bob Peoples, Tim Stewart
Summary: On a hot humid day with thunderstorms predicted by mid afternoon, we covered from Devils Creek Gap to Temple Hill Gap. Lotta, Ken, Bill, Tony and Greg finished cutting all the encroaching vegetation on this stretch. Using loppers, battery hedge trimmer, battery chainsaw, and bladed trimmers, it should definitely remain open for a year. We also removed most stepovers. The rest of us did some trail rehab south of Temple Hill Gap mostly by redigging trail and removing roots. Several rehab opportunities remain between shelter and gap but they are not urgent. Everyone got out safely before thunderstorms hit about 5 PM.

Reporting: K
Date: 08/02/2020
Purpose: Vegetation Control
People: Ken Murray
Lotta Murray
Summary: We spent a long hot day cutting back encroaching vegetation with a weedeater from Temple Hill Gap south 1.5 miles towards the NBK shelter. Since access to this part of the section is so difficult we did a very thorough job cutting back the vegetation (mostly rhodos). There is approximately 1 more mile remaining before the shelter.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/14/2020
Purpose: Rehab Trail and Blowdown Removal
People: John Beaudet, Carl Fritz, Van Hovey, Greg Kramer, Joe Morris, Bob Peoples, Kevin Sedgwick
Summary: A hiker reported Sunday that a blowdown's root ball had removed a large section of trail south of No Business Knob Shelter. Sure enough about 25 feet of trail was removed 3 feet deep. We filled with large rock in a structured build. Than we places a large locust side log and finished filling with small rock and soil. We removed a couple of minor blowdowns. We rehabbed several other areas with some including locust log cribbing. Only one hiker was seen today.


Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 09/25/2020
Purpose: Complete TNATLP Grant
People: Dan Firth
Summary: This year Dan obtained a Tennessee Appalachian Trail License Plate Grant to purchase two Katanaboy saws and an 18" Dewalt battery chainsaw. He and Tony Messina did the purchasing. Dan has completed the final report to ATC. These saws have already been used frequently. The Katanaboy hand saws are popular for cutting smaller blowdowns and can be borrowed from Carl Fritz.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 09/28/2020
Purpose: Obtain Bog Bridge Materials
People: Bill Murdock
Summary: Bill found a couple of 4x8 sheets of surplus heavy metal lath which can be used to as traction on bog bridges. He purchased these and cut 12" wide pieces with an angle grinder. He donated these to club for future use.

Reporting: Steve Perri
Date: 07/24/2020
Purpose: Install Covid-19 Information Signs
People: Carl Fritz, Steve Perri, Tisha Perri
Summary: Steve and Carl prepared wood backing to hang ATC provided signs informing hikers about closed facilities and shelters along the A.T. while the rest of the trail is open. Steve and Carl cut up plywood scrap to hang the ATC signs on since the signs were a form of thin plastic. The signs were then stapled on to the plywood which was pre-drilled to allow nailing to posts and trees with 2 " roofing nails. Signs were placed 100 feet in from major road crossings so that day hikers, section hikers, and thru-hikers would have adequate information prior to arrival at shelters. Three signs were placed at Carvers Gap and at Nolichucky River. A few Foot Travel only signs were also added in locations where they were missing.