Appalachian Trail: Fontana Dam to Davenport Gap

HARD 7 reviews

Appalachian Trail: Fontana Dam to Davenport Gap is a 75.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Fontana Village, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

75.6 miles
17,490 feet
Point to Point





nature trips




wild flowers




no dogs

This backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park starts at Fontana Dam and heads northward to the other end of the park at Davenport Gap. Places to stay include Birch Gap (campsite 113), Derrick Knob, Mt. Collins, and Tricorner Knob.

1 month ago

The trail here is beautiful and brutal. So many ups and downs and the terrain is crazy..roots, rocks, over growth in the south part of the trail. There honestly aren't any words to describe it.

1 month ago

Brilliant. Took about six days, lots of rain but still a wonderful experience.

5 months ago

This was the first big backpacking trip for my son and I, he was about 13 at the time. We did it but this is no easy walk. It was a great hike with memories we will treasure forever, perhaps the high point was all the other hikers we met (mostly thru hikers). Biggest drawback on this hike are the national park regs requiring section hikers to use specific shelters each night. This forced us to hike some short days and some days that were crazy long. Water sources were frequent enough but not big, some required forming a funnel with a large magnolia leaf to channel water into our filtered bottles. Be prepared for some serious ups and downs in the terrain. The shelters were often crowded but everyone had a great time. Not a hike to get away from people, at least no in May. But if you enjoy camaraderie it is a very fun hike. We stayed our last night at Standing Bear Hostel near Davenport Gap which was very entertaining too!

10 months ago

(Only reviewing the Dam area)
We set out to hike a few miles (north bound) of the AT from the Dam and didn’t get too far, two miles in. No big issue just very cloudy and misty weather and the hike wouldn’t have yielded a view so we just went back and did the tourist thingy at the Dam. The area is as expected, very clean and well maintained. The little time on the AT was nice too, exactly what I expected. Hopefully I’ll be back for a section hike.

Friday, May 26, 2017