Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to US 19E

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Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to US 19E is a 13.6 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Burnsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
13.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2437 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

snow

This trail is great for backpacking and normally would make an overnight backpacking trip. This hike begins at Carver's Gap parking lot. You can either take the AT trail at the Carver's Gap parking lot or walk up the road 2 miles to get to the parking area near Roan High Knob.

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backpacking
1 month ago

Loved this section! We hiked from carvers to Hump and camped there. Then continued on the next day down to 19e. There is a little place for 2 hammocks if your lucky and get there first! Sunset was amazing! Parked our car at Mountain Harbour and they shuttled us up.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked to all 3 balds with our 10 & 15 yo. We were sunburned but other than that, awesome place, worth the sunburn, just have to wear a sunscreen next trip.

backpacking
1 month ago

Simply stunning hike. It's about 15 miles from the trailhead to Mountain Harbour Hostel. They run a shuttle up to the trailhead for about 40 bucks. The hike is intense. The climbs are tough and the final descent is over very treacherous terrain. Regardless, it is 100% worth every bit of struggle. The views are unparalleled in the Eastern US.

You won't regret it.

hiking
1 month ago

View from the highlands are amazing. The little hump and big hump are challenging. Trails are well maintained, camp sites have water sources available. We hiked from carvers gap at 9:45am and arrived to camp at doll flats at 7pm. This is not a hike for the beginner so pack lightly with basic essentials. I was lucky to have someone in the group to carry my overloaded pack. I'm forever grateful!

hiking
1 month ago

started at carvers gap and hiked to Stan Murry shelter. Beautiful weather all day with some flame azalea and grays lily blooming. Will definitely be back in the future to hike again.

hiking
2 months ago

As with most trail reviews, a lot depends on the weather, your physical condition, and your mental condition. Unfortunately when we did this hike it had rained hard the previous night which made the trail very wet and muddy. And it was raining on and off all day that we hiked it. At the balds we were in the clouds so couldn't enjoy the sweeping vistas and when the sun was out we were in the woods making everything steamy and sticky. We had good insect repellant fortunately so the bugs didn't bother us. We started from 19E and hiked to Carvers Gap (left car at Carvers Gap the night before and it was fine), which meant we had a gross elevation gain of about 2500 ft. However, AllTrails pegged the gain at 4800+ ft. Quite the workout over 14.3 miles. First 5 miles pretty much straight up to Hump Mtn. Tough sections with mud and slick rocks. The trail over the Hump is very narrow, deep, and hidden by overgrown grass, which when combined with a muddy track made for a treacherous downhill trek. We had thought about making it to overmountain shelter for lunch but the side path to it leads down. Not what we wanted at that point in our hike since it meant an uphill return so we ate along the trail. Lots of flowers in bloom, which was a little surprising and some rhododendrons in bloom still too which made for a pretty hike since we couldn't enjoy the vistas. Last 3.7 miles from Stan Murray shelter to Carvers Gap in the rain, wind, fog, and mud. And of course mostly uphill. All in all, very tough hike without the rewards due to the weather.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike! Camped on top of Hump Mountain with a few groups of friendly hikers and enjoyed an unbelievable sunset and sunrise from the peak. Challenging hike as well, great weekend backpacking trip!

backpacking
3 months ago

ugh ... damn, hump and little hump... wow were they impressive, and quite the ass-kickers!

backpacking
4 months ago

Parked at Mountain Harbor B&B/Hiker Hostel on HY 19E NC-TN line approximately 4hrs from Raleigh NC. shuttle up to carvers gap started at 10 am from there, at Jane's bald the trail goes left. there is water about 100 yards down from the split if you need it (piped) was setting up tent at the red barn by 2:30 about a 9 mile day . Awesome night with a bunch of good people to sit around camp fire with and good water source there. From the red barn to E19 is a tough hike but is the best part well worth it . You don't have to be a season hiker for this but will help if your in shape. I will do this again but will start at Iron Mt for a three day.

hiking
4 months ago

backpacking
4 months ago

This is by far my favorite place to backpack. I have lost count of how many times I have hiked here! Beautiful views and well worth the elevation changes! Enjoy!

backpacking
4 months ago

backpacking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago