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Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to US 19E

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Cherokee National Forest

Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to US 19E is a 16.7 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bakersville, 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.

Length 16.7 mi Elevation gain 2,408 ft Route type Point to Point

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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.

Turn left after the sign. Parking is straight ahead. Bathrooms are available also.

1. Mountain Harbour offers a great shuttle service for section hikes and is locate miles down hwy 19 towards Roan Mountain, TN. 2. Prepare for gusty winds and chilly weather all year round. 3. Plenty of spring water available along the trail. 4. Wear good sturdy hiking boots 5. Watch out for Grassy Ridge, it's a dead end 6. Keep an eye out for the AT sign pole near Jane Bald.

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mariah gunther
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BackpackingGreat!

Did this trail last weekend. Left out Friday around 1 pm and got to the end Saturday at 11 am. Friday we went 11.5 miles and most of the time it rained but it was still awesome. The trail is very clearly marked. Once you get past the pull off area at Carvers Gap which is quite populated you don't see many people. There is only 1 shelter on this stretch of the AT but there are several water sources and lots of camping spots. The terrain is mixed. Several balds and a lot of forest. A great section of the AT!

Don Nguyen
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Hiking

Pitched tent for the night on top of Hump Mountain to get magnificent view of sunset and sunrise.

David J
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great hike! different terrain and elevation. highly recommend.

Carson Hagan
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Backpacking

It's such an awesome hike. We decided to hike from Carvers gap to the end of Grassy Ridge bald first. Then came back to the AT and headed to the Overmountain Victory shelter to stay in the field. I think I counted nineteen other tents that night. Left next day and took our time headed towards Hump Mountain. That was a challenging uphill hike but the views were awesome. Finally set out for Dole Flats for a night. Woke up and headed to the end at 19E and then to the hostel for our shuttle ride back to carvers gap. Would do this hike over again any day. Trail was in great condition and water was plentiful among the way. Trail was packed in the normal congested areas but otherwise we were by ourselves.

David Cernock
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Hiking

Trail was in great shape, I have done this trail twice now as a one nighter. One day I will stop rushing and just make this a two nighter so I can spend more time with the incredible views! Get to camp early if you want to snag the best spots. Plenty of tent camping with views, and a fair amount of hammock spots close by.

Patrick Clay
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Adventures With Seven 7
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Backpacking

AMAZING VIEWS!!! Do not miss the chance to see this with your own eyes! Pictures do not do it justice.

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Kelsey Stout
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Hiking

Pretty easy hike! Great views, tends to get crowded.

Maz Miller
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I did this hike with my mother yesterday. We made this into a day hike by using the shuttle service at The Station at 19E Hostel (which I would definitely recommend!) This hike was absolutely spectacular and gorgeous, and I would suggest it to literally anyone. You simply have to do it! Just note at the BEGINNING of the trail, there was still some icy patches on an incline that were slippery and posed a bit of a challenge. Just be aware of where you step! There's also a great deal of rocky parts at the end of the trail. Still completely worth it! Do not miss out on this trail!

Mchale Bright
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An amazing trail for amazing views! It is a relatively easy hike, and it’s definitely worth it! It also has multiple spots for overnight camping.

Jerry Ball
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Nikki Ball
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Meg Kelly
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5 men, age 48 to 56, 2 were experienced scout leaders who'd done this trail before. This is a hard trail. We hiked day 1 about 5 miles, to Overmountain where we camped. It was 18 degrees that night we slept in the old barn, and it didnt provide much shelter from the wind and cold. The second day, another difficult hike much of it uphill, ended with camp at Dolly flats, probably another 6 miles. The third day was about 2 hour hike out, mostly downhill. overall, really glad I did it, but was very tough.

Anita Smith
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Hiking

This is a fantastic hike. You cannot beat the gorgeous scenery from the balds! I hiked this last Wednesday with two friends, and we completed it in 8 hours. It is strenuous, but worth the effort. Didn’t see a lot of water, but then we did not stop at any shelter other than the Stan Murray. It was 34* when we began at Carver’s Gap in RMSP, and 56* when we reached 19E. We thought we were hiking 15 miles, based on the AT map. Not bad for three ladies 50-65! I’d hike it again.

Mallory Rowland
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the views and scenery are beautiful, however, I will say this trail is probably closer to 18 miles according to everyones wearables, than the 14 miles that was listed online before we left. There we're only 2 main campsites on this portion of the trail. We hiked about 6.5 miles in the first day to the campsite at the Over Mountain Shelter at yellow Mountain Gap (red Barn). The next day we went about 8 miles, over a couple mountains to the next campsite at the Doll Flats, and then 4 miles out to 19E the last day. Both locations had water access and campfire sites. Unfortunately, we we're at the second campsite with a large group of boys scouts whose leaders woke them up at 4 or 5am by yelling and talking loudly, waking up everyone in and around the campsite (very frustrating when you're tired and sore from carrying heavy packs for 2 days). Other than that it was very nice. If you're looking to hike a few miles into a campsite and stay for a couple days, the hike in from 19E to the Doll Flats site is a nice shaded hike through the bush and is only about 4 miles. If you do the whole trail, just be prepared...it is a pretty strenuous hike if you're carrying a heavy load. Overall it was very beautiful, but very tiring!

Freddy Stephens
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Hiking

just returned with scout troop mainly 12 year old boys backpacking. trail was nice well marked, conditions very dry water only at the red barn and doll flats! had to carry extra water which was a challenge views are amazing, great time with some great young men of troop 97

Barry Cross
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Hiking

Great views and moderately difficult. Camped at over mountain shelter and hiked back out. Will do it again!

Kenneth Yearick
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Hiking

Amazing and strenuous hike. Completed in one day. The views were beyond compare!!!

Richard Smith
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Hiking

amazing experience be ready for a hike!!!!! make sure you have good gear

Lizzie Ross
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Hiking

So rather than hiking all the way to 16E and getting a shuttle, we chose to do an out and back and turn around at Hump Mountain. I loved it, it's one of my favorites and I would do it again. Lots of great views. For a recap, check out my video here: https://youtu.be/C7FFvYhlrH0

Parth Shah
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Hiking

We completed the hike in 2 days. The view from the Hump is really worth the hard trail. The total distance is around 19 miles from the carvers Gap to US-19E

Aidan Pitts
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Hiking

I did this trial about a year ago and would do it again. The trail was longer, though. It was a little over 19 instead of 13.3 as this site suggested, so be prepared for that. Along the trial, I did see two bears. They will a good distance away, but it still a good idea to be cautious and know how to camp in a bear area. The first couple of miles were a little tough, but the views were great.

Kelly Edinger
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Nice trail! Started at carvers Gap, camped on little hump and finished up at E19. Flowers were tall all over the balds.

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Tim Lauber
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Hiked in late Aug. Defantly park at ths cloudland mountain top with the bathrooms. amazing views and car is a lot safer if your overnighting it. its says 13miles but we clocked 19 and so did many others we ran into. Took a shuttle at 19E back to cloudtop that was %100 worth it. camped our last night 1000ft from the car and on top of a beautiful mountain. the views and trails through the forest are probably my favorite part of Tennessee Hiking. 360° views if the smoke rolls out of the mountains. The trails to the views are very worth it. WHEN i come back I will do it from 19E up to cloudtop to end with the mountain views.

Travis McGill
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Tiffany Galloway
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Hiking

First day on the AT, hiked from the bed n breakfast hostel up to the Over Mountain Shelter. Almost all up hill proved to be tough on us for our first day. But great views and an awesome time. Stopped to camp for the night after 8 hrs of hiking. Stopped it a little late as I forgot to save due to hunger and wanting to change into clean clothes lol. Great day!

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