Appalachian Trail: Fontana Dam to Davenport Gap

HARD 2 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.

DISTANCE
75.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
17490 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

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.

hiking
16 days 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.

6 months ago