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My wife and I, our three teenagers, and our dog found this hike to be a great mix of elevation gains, forested ridges, and grassy balds. There were plenty of water sources along the way, as well as many different options for setting up camp each night. The views from the balds are amazing. Highly recommended.

This section is a nice walk in the woods and relaxing stroll through the Roan Highlands. The views are amazing going over the balds and Hump Mountain. Doll Flats was a nice surprising gem.

We hiked a couple miles out and back with the kids. In spring, this place would be loaded with wildflowers!

im starting my hike at tn91 and hiking to my truck that will be parked at low gap. this is about a 6.5 mile hike, correct? anything i need to know about between these 2 trail heads?

A beautiful route but slightly longer than the 18 mile listed distance. We deviated and walked up the Grassy Ridge Bald, which added to our mileage, but not significantly. Water sources are flowing well as of July 15, 2017.

Beauty - glorious beauty everywhere - trails for every level hiker - one of my favorite places on earth!

Its a great trail to begin if your new to hiking

If you go to the other direction (see my recording) you will see a very unique forest on the top of the mountain.

I love the A.T.

GA-ME 2009

Such amazing beauty all around you. So nice to be out in nature being surrounded by all the awesomeness. The views from top of the balds so pretty.

My Dad and I (first-time backpackers) found this section on the Alltrails app and did it Fathers Day weekend. Being a former US Marine, it was nothing for me. My Dad a flatlander had a rough time. Not because of the difficulty of the trail, but it was just a bit much for a 70 year old. We did complete the 15 miles without incident and me carrying both our packs. Very beautiful, met Smokey Scout who gave us trail names. Wonderful experience I'll always remember and highly recommend! Thanks Alltrails

Excellent section of AT with a lot of up and down along the ridge line

Beautiful scenery and a stroll through farmland.

This is a quick moving section of trail for a Thru-hiker. If pushing for Trail Days - Don't skimp on enjoying the trail.


Beautiful views, enjoyed this section of the AT. Easy to find, clearly marked parking areas.

Beauty spot has become my favorite place for views. The first time I went we hiked because the service road is closed during the winter months. I'm probably not in the best shape but the hike was difficult for me, I had to make many rests, but in the end it was more than worth it! The views were breath taking and we made a new friend on the balds as well. Coming back down was a breeze.

Really nice trail for an easy over night trip.

Came back on Easter to knock out the 1.6 miles between Carver's Gap and Roan Mountain High Knob. I also went to Roan Mountain High Bluff and attached the track to the Cloudland Trail. Someone left Easter eggs and Peeps along the woodland trail before it turned to rocky switch backs. Don't forget to take a pick of the survey marker for the high point. Its in a huge rock formation to the right (west) of the AT shelter only a 100 paces or so. even though everything is still brown there was plenty of green from the fir trees, moss, and rhododendrons.

Great challenging hike. It was foggy the entire way. I hoped there was a survey marker at the top since there were no views but I didn't find one. There was a very green pine area at the top. Views at Beauty Spot are normally spectacular but it was foggy today. Once I reached the top a cold front came in that left frost and a lot of weeds and twigs which made for some awesome pics on the way back to the car.


Gorgeous hike with the light snow on the trail! Ice on the laurel and rhododendron made for fantasy type décor. The Beauty Spot was just that beautiful. I'm a novice hiker but I conquered the Unaka Mountain.

Beauty Spot along this hike is one of my favorite places in the area, with scenery and views comparable to the balds at Carver's gap along the AT. From there, continue along to the crest of Unaka Mountain. The hike from Indian Grave Gap to Beauty Spot was fairly easy, with only a few areas of moderately steep ascent. Beauty Spot was quite crowded with hikers as well as those who had driven up. After that, the hike gets steeper and more challenging up to the Emerald Forest, an area of almost nothing but dark green, almost black spruce trees that I'm told is unique to this area. The Emerald Forest was incredibly still and quiet, and we didn't encounter anyone on the trail after Beauty Spot. The Emerald Forest is also accessible from a couple of side trials that come in from Unaka Mountain Road. One thing, the map appears to show the hike from Indian Grave Gap back down to Erwin, you would need to head the opposite direction to get to Beauty Spot, Unaka Mountain, and Iron Mountain if you keep going.

Indian Grave Gap to iron mountain is a great section hike of the AT. You go over unaka mountain and experience some great views along the way. There is a shelter about 1 mile from iron mountain that makes for a good spot to camp out to make this a nice overnight trip if you so desire.

Also, tried to update this trail. the TN91 trailhead is actually considered Mountain City right at the Carter/Johnson county line. Parking lot sign says Cross Mountain trail, which is .5 miles but also part of the AT. Cross 91 and enter the farm (lots of free roaming cows, keep your dogs leashed and close!) and follow the white blazes at the end of the gravel trail. Or cross Cross Mountain road and follow the AT through Butler to Watauga dam. Highly recommend both!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Started at TN91 at Cross Mtn. Nice walk through the farm, beautiful view of Shady Valley, was followed by a cow as we passed through the pasture. The Double Springs shelter was a mess, disappointing. Look forward to doing this again as the leaves start to change.

Love the hike! Hiked it many times, living in the area it is my go to hike!

Attempted the trail from Butler. Directions to turn on Piercetown and continue on Wilderness dr. Well Wilderness dr is now Bear Ridge dr. and it is a gated community.

If anyone knows an alternate route to get to the Butler trailhead I would like to know.

Great hike! From 321 to the falls taking the upper loop out and lower loop back is 5.45 mi. Lower loop follows the river, several primitive camping sites and just beautiful! Have not gone to falls from Dennis cove yet.

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