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Just completed this section this week as my first foray onto the AT. Spectacular views from the balds. Last 6-7 miles to 19e were difficult and challenging. Spent night in Overmountain shelter. Great spot. Plenty of water available on the trail. I agree with other posters that the distance is more the 13.6 miles posted. Absolutely worthwhile trip

Did this hike in early November 2018.... Great five mile climb that is moderately difficult, last quarter of a mile is the toughest. The mileage is wrong as it is calculated using GPS and doesn’t add in the distance caused by altitude gain. This adds .3 of a mile.

Wonderful view at the top!!!

The actual trail is kind of hidden to the right once you get on the gravel path. Make sure you don't keep walking down the gravel path because that is not the trail.

Intense is the only word i can use to describe this hike. The AT part of the hike is a cake walk. The Blood Mountain side is hell on earth. It was cool to see the views and say ive reached the summit but i would never do it again. Accidentally made a left instead of a right off byron reece and ended up descending down that whole part of the trail and ascended back up once i got to the road& saw my mistake. Tough climb but i did see children and small dogs doing it.

Very pleasant hike a couple weeks ago. There is ample parking at the Forest Service sign just down from Oliver Hollow Road. There is good parking at the other end also. The shelter and surrounding areas were closed due to bear activity, but we were day hiking. The views from the dam are incredible. We were there just after a flood and the south end was very boggy, but easily passable.

I'm rating this 1 star because you can't actually park here. Look for the Neels Gap to Blood Mountain trail for more accurate parking. It's just 1/2 mile further up the road.

My new favorite hike! Nice, moderately strenuous secluded walk on the AT with fantastic payoff with 360 degree views at the top of Siler Bald. Highly recommended midweek to avoid the crowds!

Just did this hike Oct 17-18. Took a shuttle from Mountain Harbour B and B to the top of Carvers Gap and hiked back to our car. From the beginning this hike is excellent!! There was a lot of wind so be ready! Great views on several balds to start! We hiked past Overmountain Shelter and over little hump and camped just past little hump in the woods where there were several sites and fire pits! Water sources close by as well. It did get into the upper 20s at night so we were a little chilly! Got up early and headed up Hump Mountain and the 360 degree views were amazing!!! The worst part of the hike was the 5 or so miles after hump back to 19e. Fairly gradual but it was pretty tiring! Would highly recommend this hike!

Tough hike, but gorgeous views make it worth it. The AT isn't marked that great at the spilt with it and grassy knoll. For a first timer it's easy to miss.

Wow. Best views around. Be warned, it is longer than 13 miles, and having a heavy pack takes a toll.

Trail was mostly good. Was overgrown near Bly Gap with weeds which made hiking very wet

Definitely NOT for novices!!! Beautiful views but difficult especially down hill which last six miles are.

Awesome trip. We actually started with the Approach Trail at Amicalola Falls. If you do the Approach Trail add another 8.8 miles to your journey. The whole hike took from Saturday 1:30 until Wednesday at 1:30. It was brutal but worth it. The worst climb was Sassafras Mountain. There is a 7 mile stretch from Hawk Mountain to Justus Creek. Make sure you fill up at Hawk. Also the water source at Woods Hole is dry as of yesterday. Great hike, beautiful views and one I will always remember.

A great trail. Made the mistake of following GPS more than the Hiking Trail sign at first but eventually got some common sense. Took 5.5 mike hike each way,definitely faster on the return. We appear to be a week or two past prime wildflower colors but the bees were still happy bees! Lots of roots and uphill and lots of fun!

Great hike. Weather can be varied from 70-80 to the Teens during the fall. So be prepared!

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Beautiful hike! Little hump and Big hump were tough but not impossible. Springs were easily marked at Overmountain Shelter, between little hump and big hump, and at Doll Flats (11ish mi).

Just hiked this section this weekend and absolutely loved it! Instead of staying the night at Overmountain shelter I hiked the extra ~2 miles on day 1 to stay on top of Little Hump and it was well worth it! There are a few grassy areas that are perfect for pitching a tent and you wake up with the most breathtaking views. Also, as a female solo traveler I felt like this trail was very safe and easy to navigate since you don't have to jump from trail to trail. This part of the AT is very well maintained and blazed and I never felt worried about getting lost or in an unsafe situation. The downhill slopes after Doll Flats are tough though and I was very glad I brought my trekking pole for some extra support! Overall amazing section with some incredible views!

It was my first hike but I was with experienced guys and it now has me hooked on hiking. It was difficult but well worth it.

Beautiful moderate hike - even (especially?) in the rain.

Scenic all along the trail. As a hiker who backpacks approximately twice a year, it was difficult but the views were 100% worth it.

Moderate hike, access to the lake at various points along the trail. Highly recommend.

Great weekend hike with beautiful views all the way through!

I hiked this trail in late August up to the
Curly Maple Gap shelter about four miles in from the river. Very well kept and easy to follow. The hike is a bit strenuous because of the steep incline but other than that pretty simple and makes for a great day hike!

Description of this trail is a bit misleading. I was expecting it to be 10 miles round trip but it is actually 6.6 miles one way from Carver's Gap to the Stan Murray shelter. Went a little ways past that shelter before realizing we had definitely gone more than 5 miles and had to turn around. Never made it to the Overmountain shelter but it was almost all uphill on the way back and we were so exhausted we barely made it. Even so, we loved the views on the balds and the forest is also beautiful so once I have built up enough stamina for such a long hike I want to go back and do the whole 22 miles.

Hello! I'm looking to hike/camp on this trail soon and was wondering if it's necessary to have a bear canister? I currently don't own one, so if you know of a place close by that you can rent one, that would also be helpful!

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Loved this section of the AT! So beautiful. Took my girls (age 7 & 10) backpacking for the weekend and this was great for them as well. They are pretty tough kiddos and did great. We stayed at the Mountain Harbour B&B, and after an awesome, huge breakfast, we were shuttled to Carvers Gap and started our hike back to 19E. Big Bald was intense but we loved every minute of it. This is defiantly a section I would love to repeat.

Nice hike, not too difficult for its elevation gain and length. Manageable slope most of the time. The waterfall was cool. 4 stars bc there are pretty much no views in the summer when on the mountain. However, we ended our hike with a dip in the lake which was amazing.

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