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

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
1 day ago

backpacking
9 days 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
9 days ago

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

backpacking
1 month 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
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month 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
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

My first time Hiking- We got lost on the trail and couldn't find the shelter or springs and had to spend the night out in open with no food, water or shelter. Make sure to bring a MAP with you since the shelter is off trail a bit(we never found it). Views the next day were AMAZING-
Check out my video from this hike- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFrsl5w6BdY&feature=youtu.be

2 months ago

Did an overnight starting at Carver's Gap. This trail had it all! Perfect for an overnight trip.

2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

One of the best trails I've ever done. Loved it from start to end. I wish I had 3 days to be on this trail. A lot of wildlife during Summer. Little Bald got down to 50 degrees during the middle of Summer with high winds. Mountain Harbor will let you park for $5 per night and $10 for lift to Carvers. 19E is right next to Mountain Harbor. Fyi, watch out for Grassy Ridge. It's a dead end, keep an eye out for the AT sign pole near Jane Bald.

7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Help! Lost a Rainbow Tarptent in the fist 1.5 miles of the climb up from Carvers Gap heading to 19E on Friday, 30 Sep at around 10:00-1130 a.m. Somehow the tent came off my pack.......its not marked with my name, address or phone number. If found I will pay for shipping to retrieve it (please text 423-598-8422, Randy). This hike has to be one of the prettier sections on the lower half of the AT. It's absolutely surreal up on top, indescribable!

backpacking
9 months ago

Incredible gorgeous hike. At ~ 2 miles you can turn right and climb to the top of Grassy Ridge for a 360 degree panorama and a modest respite from the "Black Friday at Walmart" crowds down on the AT. Is there water near Grassy Ridge? This ancient rhyme gives a hint:

In ancient times ’twas story told,
From travelers who ventured to the dry crest
Of Grassy Ridge, whose autumn grass turns gold
And beckons the weary to lie down and rest.

A story of treasure to be found
In the reaches of this sun-bleached land,
A treasure hidden beneath the hallowed ground,
A balm to reward a waterless band.

For surely where the rhododendron blooms
In hues so vivid and intense,
There must be water coursing subterranean flumes
To support such life, but whence?

If the tales be true, then cross the peak,
And descend into the saddle next.
Then turn to your left hand cheek,
Breath deep and remain unvexed.

A brief foray downward from the gap
Will lead you to the aqua vitae free.
Drink deep, for few have from this tap,
Then count your blessings on bended knee.

This section is truely one of the best sections of the entire AT. Outstanding views and wildflowers dominate the senses on this moderate hike. Be aware of the weather up there. It changes in an instant.

backpacking
10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

We camped at a site right at the AT and Overmountain shelter intersection the first night. Planned to camp at Bradley Gap the second night, but noticed the water source there was dry. Continued our hike up to Hump Mountain instead and then back to Overmountain shelter for the night and camped at the grassy overlook area where the water was reliable. Views are extremely beautiful and hiking through the balds felt surreal. Solitude is not something you will find here, but conversations with other backpackers were very nice. We had such a great time and even experienced our first AT "trail magic"! Thank you to the solo hiker who found my GoPro and all the other hikers who gave us leads on his whereabouts! What an adventure it was!

11 months ago