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Appalachian Trail: Devils Fork Gap to Flint Mountain Shelter

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Pisgah National Forest

Appalachian Trail: Devils Fork Gap to Flint Mountain Shelter is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mars Hill, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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 5.2 mi Elevation gain 994 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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Forest

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Getting There

Backpacking Shelter is there, with primitive toilet.

From Flag Pond exit off I-26 take Upper Higgins Creek Rd, turn right onto Old Asheville Hwy go 2 miles, turn left onto TN 352 go ~ 4 miles there is a gravel parking area on the left right on the TN / NC state line. Appalachian trail crosses the road here. To do this hike, begin across road from parking area.

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Cory Howell
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Hiking

2.7 Miles to the shelter. A decent hike, slight inclines. Diverse views of vegetation along the trail. Water can be found right before the shelter. Not a lot of vista in the spring and summer months, but still a fun hike!

Paul Donovan
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HikingMuddySnow

Devil Fork Gap to Big Butt. Good training hike but the camping areas in vicinity of Big Butt were not that great.

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David Miller
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Cody Buckner
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Can I camp at the shelter???

Rebecca Griffee
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Hiking
First to Review

This is a good trail for a mixture of easy and moderate if you're trying to build up hiking stamina like I am. Very beginning is uphill and starts a little tough but it evens out and has some flat areas after that. When you are almost to the shelter you will have to cross creeks three times so wear water proof shoes or just be ready to rock hop. I added this hike to this site and couldn't get the map to fully cooperate with me but read the directions on how to get there and you'll be fine. Pretty easy to find. Since the map is a little off, the distance is off also. It's actually a 2.7 mile hike (5.4 total for the out and back). We hiked it in January so there were nice mountain views and beautiful snow. In the summer it will probably not have any visible mountain views but should have nice blooms. You can make this hike much longer if you keep going past the shelter.

Rick Noble
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Frank Cates
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Katie Houser
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Hank Whitt
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Backpacking
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Hank Whitt
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Anna Parker
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Michael Pappas
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Phyllis Ray
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Hiking
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Anna Parker
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Bryan H.
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Lyle Byrd
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Sheila McNabb
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David Maruszak
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Robert Johnson
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