Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to Roan Mountain

MODERATE 29 reviews
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Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to Roan Mountain is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Roan Mountain, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,138 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
29 days ago

NOTE: This is the other side of the AT away from the balds. Features: High Knob, Cloudland Hotel remains, High Bluffs, and also the rhododendron gardens if you take a detour before the bluffs. It was hard to find the AT from Carvers Gap. We just walked in the woods passed the restroom and found it. luckily most everyone was hiking the balds on the AT in the opposite direction. It was very lightly trafficked until you we got to the Cloudland hotel where people can get on from the parking lot. The highest point on Roan Mountain is on High Knob at the AT shelter big rocks before the hotel remains. Very well maintained trail but not clear when you are at High Knob. The High Bluff overlook was stunning.

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1 month ago

Nice relatively easy hike up to Roan High Bluff platform and back to Carvers Gap (7.1 miles). In the clouds most of the hike but they did clear for about 30 sec at the top so you actually got a quick view of the valley. Will do again in the winter when there are open views and a lot less people. Carvers Gap parking was full and cars lined the road at 0915 in the morning on a cloudy Tuesday morning. Fortunately 98% of the crowd were hiking the bald side of the AT.

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3 months ago

Great hike, 360 views for most of the trail. A must hit for SB6k.

hiking
8 months ago

One of my favorite hikes! Nice rolling trail, gorgeous views almost the entire time. Going across the balds with good visibility is just breathtaking. Be prepared for snow and ice from late fall to late spring- the elevation makes a huge difference! Crampons can be a game changer in the cold months.

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Smells like Christmas.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

excellent hike and the highest shelter on the AT:
At 6,285 feet, the Roan High Knob Shelter is the highest shelter found along the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail.

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Relatively easy hike. Wide trail. Passes through Cloudland Hotel site. Can loop back down access road for a change of pace.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

gorheoust views. challenging uphills and downs. worth every step!

found pink eyeglasses on trail, brought to parking lot donation box.

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