Shelter:Mountaineer Falls

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Shelter Mountaineer Falls
Capacity 14 People
Privy No
Trail Head Distance N 1.6 Miles
Trail Head Distance S 5.2 Miles
Elevation 3,200 Feet
Latitude {{#lat_deg2dms: 36.2202}}
Longitude {{#long_deg2dms: -81.98569}}
Nearest Medical Elizabethton, TN
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The newest shelter on the TEHCC section of the Appalachian Trail. Located near its name-sake Mountaineer Falls. A wooden A-frame with two main sleeping platforms and one loft platform.


Located between Elk River and Walnut Mountain Road. The shelter is 70 yards off the AT on a blue-blazed side trail. In the Cherokee National Forest, Watauga Ranger District. Located on the US19E to Dennis Cove Rd section.


The nearest water source is Mountaineer Falls. Either continue on the blue blaze from the shelter to the top of the falls, or follow the AT south of the shelter to the bottom of the falls.

Maintenance History[edit]

  • Oct 2017: Partial repainting (ran out of paint) and installed graffiti board.
  • May 2006: Built by the TEHCC and Hardcore Crew
  • Aug 2007: Trail distance measured by Collins Chew

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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 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.