Shelter:Clyde Smith

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Shelter Clyde Smith
Capacity 14 People
Privy No
Trail Head Distance N 3.3 Miles
Trail Head Distance S 6.1 Miles
Elevation 4,600 Feet
Latitude 36°08′54.7″N
Longitude 82°09′40.3″W
Nearest Medical Erwin, TN
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Three-sided wood shelter with metal roof – and covered front porch.


Trail-south of Little Rock Knob, between Hughes Gap and Iron Mountain Gap. The shelter is 120 yards (measured August 2014) from the AT on a blue-blazed side trail.


A spring is located 205 yards (measured August 2014) west of the shelter down a steep hill. It consists of a buried drum for water collection which overflows from a 2" plastic pipe for easier filling of water bottles.

Maintenance History

  • 2012: Caulked all roof screws.
  • May 2009: Eagle project improved the spring water source. TEHCC newsletter article
  • May 2002: Remodeled from floor up during Hard Core event. Porch with eating area and upper level bunks were added.
  • Nov 1993: Roof extended by 2 ft and sides added to reduce the probability of rain blowing into the shelter.
  • 1976: Built by U.S. Forest Service.

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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 56.9
Mountaineer Falls Shelter US19E to Dennis Cove Rd 66.5
Overmountain Shelter (Yellow Mountain Barn) Carver's Gap to US19E 84.5
Stan Murray Shelter Carver's Gap to US19E 86.4
Roan High Knob Shelter Iron Mountain Gap to Carver's Gap 91.6
Clyde Smith Shelter Iron Mountain Gap to Carver's Gap 100.0
Cherry Gap Shelter Indian Grave Gap to Iron Mountain Gap 109.1
Curley Maple Gap Shelter Nolichucky River to Indian Grave Gap 121.9
No Business Knob Shelter Spivey Gap to Nolichucky River 132.4

Per the 2014 AT Data Book with updates for 2015 starting at Laurel Fork shelter.