Appalachian Trail-Sam's Gap to Hog Back Ridge Shelter is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mars Hill, NC and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until October.
This is a nice out and back hike from Sam's Gap to Hog Back Ridge Shelter. Trail is easy to follow. Shelter is a nice spot for a picnic.
if you walk across the road from the parking area there is a gate go through it and follow it to the Appalachian trail, we followed the trail head and hiked a total of 7 miles. If you hike in about 3 miles you will be going up a steep decent (wooden stairs) but you will reach a beautiful field with a view of the mountains! very well worth the tough hike!
Only walked 2 miles south from the Parking Area under overpass and then back. It was a nice walk, nothing terribly strenuous, no good views with summer growth present, but a very nice walk through the woods.