Shelter:Abingdon Gap

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Shelter Abingdon Gap
Capacity 5 People
Privy No
Trail Head Distance N 10.0 Miles
Trail Head Distance S 4.8 Miles
Elevation 3,773 Feet
Latitude {{#lat_deg2dms: 36.581095}}
Longitude {{#long_deg2dms: -81.90205}}
Nearest Medical Abingdon, VA
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Basic three-sided concrete block/metal roof shelter with wooden sleeping platform and picnic table out front.


The shelter is directly on AT on Holston Mountain between Damascus and US421 in Maple Springs Gap. Just over ten miles south of Damascus.


A spring is located 275 yards down a hollow south of the shelter. Follow a fairly steep blue-blazed trail. Has two pipes. Flow depends on rainfall during the prior week. During summer, the spring may dry up, thus plan on traveling further down the hollow or packing in water.

Maintenance History[edit]

  • Currently being checked by “Just Jim”.
  • Jun 2016: Shelter painted by 3rd Saturday crew, then a graffiti board and sign was installed
  • Apr 2007: Complete replacement the sleeping platform (thanks to grant from L.L. Bean). Also repaired water source by installing new pipe and cleaning out the pools.
  • May 2003: Roof leak fixed.
  • Nov 1992: New metal roof installed (thanks to Forest Service funding). Painted shelter inside and out. Carried donated picnic table to shelter.
  • 1989: Roof repaired.
  • 1959: Built by US Forest Service.

Misc. Information[edit]

Flint arrowheads were found just north of the shelter in the open clearing, thus demonstrating this spot has been great for travelers over many centuries.

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.