Shelter:Laurel Fork

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Shelter Laurel Fork
Capacity 6 People
Privy No
Trail Head Distance N 7.0 Miles
Trail Head Distance S 1.9 Miles
Elevation 2,450 Feet
Latitude {{#lat_deg2dms: 36.278642}}
Longitude {{#long_deg2dms: -82.136229}}
Nearest Medical Elizabethton, TN

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Three-sided shelter built out of native stone with open front and wooden sleeping platform located high above the Laurel Fork Creek. Main feature in the area is the nearby waterfall.


In Laurel Fork Gorge, between US321 and Dennis Cove Road. The shelter is 300 feet uphill off the AT on a blue-blazed side trail.


A cascading stream is located 150 feet on blue-blazed trail behind the shelter.

Maintenance History[edit]

  • Feb 2008: Repaired plywood platform.
  • Oct 1994: New roof installed.
  • 1994: Installed picnic table.
  • 1960: Built by US Forest Service.

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.