US19E to Dennis Cove Rd

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Trail south point US 19E
Trail north point Dennis Cove Rd
Distance 24.7 Miles
Min Elevation 2,506 Feet
Max Elevation 4,206 Feet
Governing Body Watauga
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(Trail South > North)

US19E - Roan Mountain, TN and Elk Park, NC[edit]

After descending from the Roan Highlands, the Trail reaches US19E (2880'). A few miles west is the town of Roan Mountain, TN where lodging, food and shuttling can be found. To the east is Elk Park, NC where lodging and food can be found. Parking is NOT recommended here.

Bishop Hollow[edit]

Open area leading from Bear Branch towards Buck Mountain Road. Many apple trees can be found along the Trail.

Jones Falls[edit]

Beautiful falls west on short side trail near Elk River.

Mountaineer Falls and Mountaineer Falls Shelter[edit]

Mountaineer Falls is a small cascade just down hill from the Mountaineer Falls Shelter (3200'). The shelter was built during the 2006 edition of Hard Core. It has two primary sleeping platforms and a third over the picnic area. The shelter is also home to a resident bear - a carved log with unknown origins. Water is down hill front of the shelter.

Laurel Fork[edit]

Crossing of Laurel Fork's headwaters long before the Laurel Fork Gorge. Primitive campsite along the creek.

Moreland Gap Shelter[edit]

Moreland Gap Shelter (3815') is a concrete block shelter built by the United States Forest Service located just south of White Rocks Mountain.

Coon Den Falls Trail[edit]

Coon Den Falls is a 1.3 mile blue blaze trail that can be accessed from Dennis Cove Road. This former AT route was rerouted due to it's steepness and rock scrambling. However, it provides the waterfall enthusiast a loop hike from the AT to a 50 foot waterfall off a steep, rocky cliff.

Dennis Cove[edit]

Road crossing at Dennis Cove and first of two access points to Hampton, TN. Dennis Cove has tent sites within walking distance of the Trail. It is the southern entrance to the Pond Mountain Wilderness and Laurel Fork Gorge.


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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