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Appalachian Trail: Devils Fork Gap to Flint Mountain Shelter

MODERATE 14 reviews
#103 of 217 trails in

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.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 994 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash




nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


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.

8 months ago

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!

10 months ago

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

Sun Oct 22 2017

Can I camp at the shelter???

Sun Jan 29 2017

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.

1 month ago

2 months ago