TN91 to US421

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Section 4ab-5
Trail south point TN91
Trail north point US421
Distance 6.5 Miles
Min Elevation 3,450 Feet
Max Elevation 4,080' Feet
Governing Body Watauga
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(Trail South > North)


Located at the ridge crest of Cross Mountain between Stoney Creek and Shady Valley at Osborne Farm. There are two parking areas at the highway - space for three vehicles on north side (designated handicap) and 10-12 on the south by the Cherokee National Forest information display.

Osborne Farm[edit]

Osborne Farm tract was acquired by the ATC and Cherokee National Forest in 2001 for the protection of the AT. A 0.5 mile section is built to accessible standards through beautiful pasture with views of Shady Valley and Mt. Rogers area. Easy hike to end of field is slightly less than a mile before entering the woods going towards Double Springs Shelter.

Double Springs Shelter[edit]

Double Springs Shelter (4060') is a concrete block shelter built by the United States Forest Service in 1960. It is located at the junction of Holston and Cross Mountains.

Holston Mountain Trail[edit]

Holston Mountain Trail is a 9.5 mile blue blaze trail that was once part of the AT. It follows the ridgeline toward Holston Mountain High Knob above South Holston Lake and Stoney Creek township. Recent (2017) reports are that this trail is not being actively maintained by the USFS.

Low Gap - US421[edit]

Road crossing at US421. This is the closest access point to Bristol, TN/VA. Small parking area along roadside.

Recent Conditions[edit]

1/21/2014 - Reports are in of repeated vandalism at the Cross Mountain trailhead. Either do not leave vehicles here for extended periods of time or hide/lockup/take with you any valuables from your vehicle.


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TEHCC Maintained Portion of the Appalachian Trail
Spivey Gap to Nolichucky RiverNolichucky River to Indian Grave GapIndian Grave Gap to Iron Mountain GapIron Mountain Gap to Carver's GapCarver's Gap to US19EUS19E to Dennis Cove RdDennis Cove Rd to Wilbur Dam RdWilbur Dam Rd to TN91TN91 to US421US421 to Damascus