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Vandeventer Shelter.jpg
Shelter Vandeventer
Capacity 6 People
Privy No
Trail Head Distance N 11.4 Miles
Trail Head Distance S 4.4 Miles
Elevation 3,510 Feet
Latitude {{#lat_deg2dms: 36.36698}}
Longitude {{#long_deg2dms: -82.05893}}
Nearest Medical Johnson City, TN
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Basic three-sided concrete block/metal roof shelter with open front and wooden sleeping platform.


Directly on the AT up on Iron Mountain between TN91 and Watauga Dam Road. Nearby are views of Watauga Lake, Pond Mountain, and Roan Highlands.


Bring water. Closest source is 0.5 mile south on blue-blazed side trail. (South on AT for 300 feet, then turn right on blue-blazed trail, and descend steeply to right on old road track 0.2 mile to saddle. Bear right off road track 0.3 mile into hollow, and reach spring.) If NB, then stock up 1.7 miles south of shelter.

Maintenance History[edit]

  • 1992: Shelter painted brown on the outside and tan on the inside.
  • 1990: New rafters were installed to support a new roof. Heavy duty corrugated galvanized steel was used for the roof.
  • 1961: 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.