US421 to Damascus

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Section 1-2ab-3ab
Trail south point US421
Trail north point Virginia boarder
Distance 11.3 Miles
Min Elevation 3,251 Feet
Max Elevation 3,785 Feet
Governing Body Watauga
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(Trail South > North)

Low Gap - US421[edit]

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

McQueen's Knob and McQueen's Knob Shelter[edit]

McQueen's Knob Shelter (3840') was built in 1934 and is an original AT log shelter. Today, it is no longer used as an official shelter and should only be used for emergencies. It has a dirt floor and no nearby water.

McQueen Gap Road[edit]

Last road access before reaching Damascus, VA. Parking is not advised here.

Abingdon Gap Shelter[edit]

Abingdon Gap Shelter (3773') is a concrete block shelter built by the United States Forest Service in 1959.

Backbone Rock Trail[edit]

Backbone Rock Trail is located 4.6 miles south of Damascus. It offers a 2.3 mile blue blaze trail on a narrow ridge from the AT to Backbone Rock Recreation Area which has camping and picnic facilities at a prominent rock wall which TN133 tunnels through just south of Damascus.

Tennessee/Virginia State Line[edit]

The "Welcome to Mount Rogers National Recreation Area" signifies entry into Virginia. It is a popular photo spot after the long ridge walk along Cross and Holston Mountains. As of Spring 2013, the TN/VA state line is now the official northern boundary of TEHCC-sponsored section of the Appalachian Trail. Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club sponsors the Trail from this point north through Damascus and the Grayson Highlands.


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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