Shelter:Roan High Knob

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Shelter Roan High Knob
Capacity 15 People
Privy No
Trail Head Distance N 0.1 Miles
Trail Head Distance S 0.1 Miles
Elevation 6,285 Feet
Latitude {{#lat_deg2dms: 36.10506}}
Longitude {{#long_deg2dms: -82.12222}}
Nearest Medical Elizabethton, TN
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This is the highest elevation (6,285 ft) shelter on the entire AT. Originally the cabin for a fire warden who patrolled from a former fire tower that was nearby. Totally enclosed 450 sq ft as main room and loft.


On the summit of Roan High Knob, between Carvers Gap and Hughes Gap. Reached on a 0.1 mile blue-blazed side trail.


Spring is about 100 yards opposite shelter on blue-blazed side trail.

Maintenance History[edit]

  • Nov 2010: Trimmed bottom of door to allow it to open freely.
  • 2007: Removed some rock underpinning and installed hardware cloth to improve ventilation, reworked some of foundation and patched roof.
  • 2003: Installed cedar shingles on front and rear eaves, added cooking table against outside front wall, built railing upstairs around ladder opening, and coated outside with clear stain.
  • Oct 2003: Patched the roof and fixing the porch overhang (jacking up and placing supporting rocks to avoid rot). The shelter support was previously non-existing, thus this action kept it from settling down the mountainside.
  • 1999: Floor repaired by Boy Scouts.
  • Dec 1996: Floor repaired by TEHCC of installing new plywood sheets.
  • July 1980: Renovated to be an AT shelter by the Cherokee National Forest.
  • 1934: Built by 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.