Shelter:McQueens Knob

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Shelter McQueens Knob
Capacity 3-4 People
Privy No
Trail Head Distance N 11.1 Miles
Trail Head Distance S 3.7 Miles
Elevation 3,840 Feet
Latitude {{#lat_deg2dms: 36.57223}}
Longitude {{#long_deg2dms: -81.920209}}
Nearest Medical Abingdon, VA
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Emergency shelter for three or four in a pinch. 8'x10' four-sided log walls with open doorway, dirt floor, and metal roof. Walls are not chinked, so wind, rain, and snow can easily enter. Built in 1934, thus one of the oldest along the entire AT. Also known as the "Holiday Inn".


On Holston Mountain between Damascus and U.S. 421. Mile south of Abingdon Gap Shelter. About 30 feet from the AT. Nearby used to be a fire tower (long dismantled).


No water source near this emergency shelter.

Maintenance History[edit]

  • 2008: Metal roof did not leak during heavy rain.
  • Sep 1992: Stained/sealed unpainted wood under roof.
  • Oct 1991: Installed rafters, laths, and new corrugated galvanized steel roof.
  • 1934: Originally constructed.

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.