Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to Roan Mountain

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Bakersville, North Carolina

Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to Roan Mountain is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bakersville, 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.

Length7.1 miElevation gain1,200 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Cynthia Metsker
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SnowshoeingGreat!

Having moved to NC from CO, I was missing snow and headed up here with my snowshoes after the recent storm. It was a robin egg bkue sky. I took the steep route up the AT which was stunning. I took the road back down which was also plesant, though not as nice as the woods. Otherwise, it's an out and back trail.

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Leilani Annand
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HikingSnow

I made it a bit past Jane’s Bald. I’ve done this trail in spring and it was great then. The wintry weather only made this hike all the more lovely. Dress warm for wind chill and cold temps. Trails were great. A few icy/slippery patches but they were easy to navigate. I was mostly alone on the trail. Ran into a few people but not many. It was a Friday afternoon though and may be more crowded on nice weekends.

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Julian New
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Great hike! I’m sure the views are beautiful but it was cloudy today from all the snow.

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Jenna Gillespie
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Cayla Amodio
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HikingSnow

There was heavy snow on the trail (sometimes we stepped in a foot of snow) so make sure you have boots and good socks. The trail was stunning in the snow! The roads were very well cleared and treated. We were a little confused about where the actual trailhead was and it is the one behind the restrooms. Once you get to a look out and the cloudland area, just walk to the other end and you will see the “Cloudland trailhead” which goes up to the bluffs to complete the 7 mile round hiKe. On the opposite side of the road from the actual trail head is the trail head to go up to the balds. It’s about a .5 mile walk in the woods before you reach the balds and you can walk on those for a distance but it wasn’t very well marked in the snow. But when visibility is good, apparently the view is incredible on the balds.

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Christina Stewardson
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we followed the advice of others and got on the trail behind the bathrooms in the parking lot. The first hundred yards are so was not well marked but after that it was very well marked the entire way. Since it's January 3rd we encountered quite a bit of ice and mud and by the time we got to High Bluff Overlook It was a full-on snowstorm. Stopping at the AT Shelter and also reading about Cloudland Hotel was very interesting. After four days of hiking in this area I would say this is my favorite. It was just the right mix of challenging but not exhausting.

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Betty Bell
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Chad R
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Brittany Hewitt
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Beautiful well maintained trail. The overlook is beautiful.

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Jay O'Neal
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Dylan Moore
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HikingGreat!
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Sally Doehr
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Trail was moderate difficulty, a little slippery on some rocks because it was raining, but overall not too muddy. Followed the good advice given by others, the trail does start behind the bathrooms as mentioned and you find the white rectangular markers pretty quickly. We hiked on a rainy day so it was very foggy and we had limited views, but it was still a great hike because of all the sites along the way (highest shelter on the AT, chimney remnant, and cloudland hotel). Definitely recommend continuing on the cloudland trail if it is a clear day as the lookout points would have great views. Our favorite part was that we were all alone for most of it, it's definitely a less popular trail. Don't get discouraged if the parking lot is full as everybody is most likely heading the opposite way toward the balds. Finally, if you'd rather drive to the cloudland trailhead you can and there are bathrooms there as well.

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Jill Brown
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Susan Mize
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HikingRocky

It was a gradual climb from Carvers Gap up to the top. Once you reach the old chimney you climb a few more steps then turn off the AT into a field where the old Cloudland Hotel used to be. From there, if you want to continue on to Roan High Bluff, you'll need to cut across the parking area and get on the Cloudland Trail. Follow it for 1.2 miles. You will cross over two gravel roads to stay on the trail. The forest is beautiful and the hike is a nice, moderate hike. There are two overlooks. One is when you first get on the Cloudland Trail about .2 miles from the parking area, off to the right. The second overlook is at the end of the Cloudland Trail at Roan High Bluff.

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Jayson Moorman
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Not a tough trail, and enjoyable! I knocked 90 minutes off the estimated time so it’s not strenuous. I hit the summit and it was really foggy though. Just happens sometimes in the area. Still a great hike, love me some AT. Roan is a beautiful mountain especially in the summer (done in early July). Happy hike here.

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Scott Densmore
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Hiking

I completed the hike from Carvers Gap to Roan High Bluff and back on a beautiful early September morning. Though it’s past the time for the rhododendron and gray’s lilies to be blooming, there were still lots of pretty wildflowers along the trail. I enjoyed hiking in the thick forest of fir trees, and occasionally escaping for a view from a spectacular overlook.

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Amina Huebner
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Michael McGovern
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Jared Jarvis
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Allen Liu
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HikingMuddy

This is a mostly forested trail with lots of switchbacks. Cool temperature. Cool mushrooms. It had just rained the day before so there were several muddy parts. It was Saturday so I encountered quite a few people, but much less than at the Balds. 2 view points of the mountains after cloud land parking are gorgeous! However, if you’re just looking for the view and not forest, you don’t need to do the long hike- you could park at cloud land and also at the Roan high bluff parking itself.

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Elin Reuben
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Gradual hike with nice switchbacks. I hiked this on a rainy and foggy day and during the summer I could do the hike without getting very wet, at all. The leaves on the trees provided nice coverage. It's misnamed and this trail goes to Roan High Bluff, not to Roan Mountain. Some of the rhododendrons were blooming. It's really hard to time the hike when they are in full bloom! :-)

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John Miller
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HikingGreat!

Got there early and got great parking. The restrooms are closed due to COVID. You begin an excellent hike through dark pine forest and emerge to great views. There were no clouds on my hike which led to spectacular views. I'm from the Texas gulf coast, so any hike in June without the swampy air and mosquitoes is a bonus.The trail is well marked in it is cool to see the AT thru hikers. Someday.

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S Biddle
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Hiking

Gradual climb through a forested setting up to Roan High Bluff, was really pretty in the fog, a little crowded on the day we went

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Mack Meller
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Great hike, though misnamed - it actually goes to Roan High Bluff, not Roan Mountain. There isn't much of a view until you get past the Cloudland parking lot, but the hike through the mossy forest is still quite cool. There's a great overlook worth stopping at on the Cloudland trail just past the lot and then continue about another mile to the spectacular views from the observation deck at Roan High Bluff. Everything is strikingly green and lush this time of year, highly recommend.

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Peter Eberle
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Worthy of the drive. Very windy and amazing vertigo inducing views. Epstein was murdered.

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Anna Lysne
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful fairy garden of a hike with all of the moss and tree coverage. Wonderful views when the clouds are blown out of the way, but still gorgeous with the clouds, too!! Hubby and I are moderate hikers and we completed the hike in 3 hrs while enjoying ourselves up the way!

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Brittney Haynes
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Beautiful

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