Carver's Gap to US19E

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Carver's Gap to US19E

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Trail System Appalachian Trail
Land Owner Cherokee National Forest
Located Roan Mountain, Tennessee
Trail Marking White
Trail UseThings allowed to do on or near the trail

HikingCamping

FeaturesThings to see on or near the trail

Vistas
Mountains

Difficulty Rating Medium
Hiking TimeTime from car and back. Includes any time hiking to access this trail. 5 hrs300 Min <br />0.313 Days <br /> round trip
Distance: 14.8 mi23.818 km <br /> trailStrict non-repeating trail length / 29.6 mi47.636 km <br /> round tripTypical or shortest length from the car, hike the trail, and return to car
Trail Type In-and-Out
Low / High Point 2,859 ft953 Yards <br />871.423 Meters <br />5,886 ft1,962 Yards <br />1,794.053 Meters <br />
Elev. Gain/LossSee link for details of calculation. Gain/Loss is direction dependent. 2,054 ft626.059 Meters <br /> / (4,703 ft1,433.474 Meters <br />) – South-to-North
Parking 36° 6' 22.90" N, 82° 6' 38.02" W Map
Trailhead 36° 6' 22.90" N, 82° 6' 38.02" W Map
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Trail Overview[edit]

How to get there[edit]

Route Description[edit]

(Trail South > North)

Carvers Gap[edit]

Carvers Gap (5512') is the primary road access for the Roan Highlands. TN143 comes from Roan Mountain, TN and NC261 comes from Bakersville, NC. Large parking area with restrooms. The road to the top of Roan Mountain is open from approximately May-October.

Round Bald[edit]

Round Bald (5826') is one of the many famous balds of the Roan Highlands. Round Bald has 360 degree views from its summit. Round Bald is also home to one of the TEHCC's greatest trail maintenance projects - hardened gravel and geotextile over 1 mile of the Trail. This project was completed in 2001.

Jane Bald[edit]

Jane Bald (5807') is another Roan Highlands bald. It's name is derived from Jane Cook whose sister Harriet died of milk sickness on the bald in November of 1870.

Grassy Ridge Side Trail[edit]

The Grassy Ridge side trail leads 0.5 miles to the summit. A plaque, located at the summit, is dedicated to Cornelius Rex Peake who owned and donated much of the mountain. The Grassy Ridge summit is a part of the South Beyond 6000 Challenge.

Shelters[edit]

Overmountain Victory Trail[edit]

The Overmountain Victory Trail crosses the AT at Yellow Mountain Gap and offers an alternate from Roaring Creek Valley. This is a part of the original 330 mile route used by the Revolutionary War frontiersmen that traveled from Abingdon, VA to Kings Mountain, NC/SC where they defeated the Loyalists. The route officially starts as a walking trail at Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area outside of Roan Mountain, TN and connects to Roaring Creek, NC. OVTA members can be seen walking this route in the Fall in remembrance of the 1780 march.

Little Hump Mountain and Hump Mountain[edit]

"The Humps" are quite possibly the greatest balds in the southern Appalachians. At 5587', Hump Mountain stands high above the surrounding hills. It's open meadows can be seen from miles away. One shoulder of Hump Mountain is Houston Ridge where a plaque can be found honoring Stan Murray.

Doll Flats[edit]

Primitive camp site on the descent of Hump Mountain before reaching US19E. This is the last point where the Trail touches North Carolina.

US19E - Roan Mountain, TN and Elk Park, NC[edit]

After descending from the Roan Highlands, the Trail reaches US19E (2880'). A few miles west is the town of Roan Mountain, TN where lodging, food and shuttling can be found. To the east is Elk Park, NC where lodging and food can be found. Parking is NOT recommended here.

Photos[edit]

TEHCC Maintained Portion of the Appalachian Trail
Spivey Gap to Nolichucky RiverNolichucky River to Indian Grave GapIndian Grave Gap to Iron Mountain GapIron Mountain Gap to Carver's GapCarver's Gap to US19EUS19E to Dennis Cove RdDennis Cove Rd to Wilbur Dam RdWilbur Dam Rd to TN91TN91 to US421US421 to Damascus