Indian Grave Gap to Iron Mountain Gap

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Section 17/18
Trail south point Indian Grave Gap
Trail north point Iron Mountain Gap
Distance 11.8 Miles
Min Elevation * Feet
Max Elevation 5,180 Feet
Governing Body Unaka
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(Trail South > North)

Indian Grave Gap[edit]

The Trail crosses TN395/NC197 at the state line with FS230 going towards Beauty Spot. There is a small parking area along the north side of the road.

USFS 230 / Beauty Spot Gap Road[edit]

USFS road that is accessible from Indian Grave Gap. Road is crossed between Indian Grave Gap and Beauty Spot. The road leads to the base of Beauty Spot and continues around Unaka Mountain to Limestone, TN.

Beauty Spot[edit]

One of the many beautiful highland balds in the southern Appalachians. Easily accessed by car via USFS 230.

Unaka Mountain[edit]

Originally bald, Unaka Mountain (5180') was badly burned by forest fires in the early 1900s. This resulted in the growth of dense spruce forest on the top that is much like northeastern evergreen forests. Unaka's massif includes Beauty Spot, Rattlesnake Ridge and Stamping Ground Ridge.

Cherry Gap Shelter[edit]

Cherry Gap Shelter (3900') is a concrete-block shelter built in 1962 by the United States Forest Service.

Iron Mountain Gap[edit]

The Trail crosses TN107/NC226. Recent relocations have moved the Trail away from the Forest Service road that is frequented by backcountry horsemen. There is a small parking area along the road where the Forest Service road meets the highway.


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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