Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to Little Hump Mountain

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Cherokee National Forest

Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to Little Hump Mountain is a 13.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bakersville, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking.

Length13.6 miElevation gain3,080 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Great hike! A bit strenuous at times, especially if you carry a heavier pack. Several water sources along the way and plenty of places to rest and camp, including Stan Murray shelter and a spur trail to Overmountain Shelter. This is a great option for a quick overnight on the AT.

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Andrew Rollwitz
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This is a beautiful hike along the AT and probably one of my favorites. The initial climb up from the parking lot boasts amazing views of the surrounding area. The trail down have a few water fill up points and some AT shelters that you can get some rest / take a break at. Remember to leave no trace!

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Laura Lampley
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HikingGreat!

Hiked from Yellow mountain gap to Little Hump on soft packed snow . Microspikes very helpful

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Brittany Gabey
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Spent the night on Grassy Ridge and hiked up to a camp site on Little Hump. Great hike! A bit strenuous at times, especially with a heavier pack. Several water sources along the way and plenty of places to rest and camp, including Stan Murray shelter and a spur trail to Overmountain Shelter.

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Jake Boehmer
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Great hike overall, but definitely muddy when we went. Basically walking through rocks, mud and flowing water for a good portion of it. I’d recommend some waterproof and sturdy shoes along with trekking poles. Unfortunately the first say through the balds, we were in the clouds and couldn’t see a thing, so try to catch clear skies. We canped at Overmountain Shelter and Doll Flats, both are good tent sites with water nearby.

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Katheryne Waters
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Lovely day hike in October. Interesting changes of ecosystems. First 4 miles very very heavy foot traffic and lots of campers along the way, but after Big Hump it quieted down.

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Randy Daly
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HikingGreat!

We went with my swim buddies. Rick, Rachel, Tessa, Wendy, KC, Owen

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Carrie Mann
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Backpacking

Gorgeous views most of the way. Almost all downhill. Very, very crowded — I arrived at Little Hump at 5 pm and got one of the last open campsites

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Nikki Ball
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BRADLY WILLIAMS
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Harder than expected. Balsa make it hot. Cold on top of the grassy ridge bald. Amazing views on clear days.

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Jessi Fuller
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Overall, really nice trail specially if you’re wanting to do a day hike. It was pretty rainy and wet there when I went, so the trail was quite muddy and slick at times. There’s a section once you pass Jane bald and get trees again that is pretty overgrown. On a non-cloudy day, you’ll get epic views! I started at 6 and got back to the parking lot at 1, I only went to little hump and back and moved at a quick pace. Would be fun to break up into a two day backpacking trip! For sure has some leg burning sections, and the hike back is pretty intense, mostly all uphill

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Ashley Andrews
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Nice trail, rhododendrons have already bloomed so there is not that full experience But it’s OK because it’s really pretty!! The balds are dope!! Not difficult at all and you can do it! AND IF YALL DONT STAY OR AT LEAST EAT WITH MOUNTAUN HARBOUR HOSTEL YOURE MISSING OUT SO HARD!! literally the most amazing breakfast and burger I may have ever had. They’re picture perfect. It’s a burger that looks like it’s in a Hollywood movie. And the owner is the cutest sweetest lil lady ever. Such an awesome way to end an awesome hike.

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Jessica Biron
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Hiked this trail backwards, from 19E to Carver's Gap, and I do not recommend that unless you are very confident in your fitness level as the vast majority of it is increasing in elevation. There were three stops available for water, one at the top of Yellow Mountain, one as you come around Little Hump Mountain, and one at Doll's Flats. Stunning views!

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Daniel Reigner
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This is a fantastic hike with great views. it has some challenging areas but hiking from. carvers gap to 19e made it easier because it was mostly down in elevation but hump mountainwas a bit of a doozy. There is water and some nice camp grounds between little hump and hump mountain so if you don't want to be on top of a windy mountain I'd recommend that area although the sunset alone is worth camping on top of either. we used mountain harbor bed and breakfast( there are two in very different places so make sure you pick the right one) to shuttle us up to carvers gap. They are super nice and really layed back. I will use them for every trip I can in the future.

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Michael Cade
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Awesome!

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William Munder
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roan high knob shelter to campsite before Bradley gap!

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Joshua Whitlock
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Started at Carvers Gap and hiked up Grassy Ridge and spent the 1st night at Overmountain. 2nd day hiked to Doll Flats and spent the night. Got up early the 3rd day and finished off the trail ending at US 19E.

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Andres Gutierrez
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Ali Najdi
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janet Lute
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Kate Bollermann
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Ben Feldman
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Sam Wurst
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Andrew Buchanan
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Spencer Chandler
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Joe Schreiner
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Luke Schneider
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Lee do Roper
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Stephen Miller
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