Appalachian Trail: Garenflo Gap to Hot Springs

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Appalachian Trail: Garenflo Gap to Hot Springs is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Hot Springs, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1318 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

Wooded, yet nice vistas and AT shelter After arranging a car shuttle, start the trail by heading north on the Appalachian Trail from Garenflo Gap. The first one mile is a steep ascent of about 1,000 feet. The trail is clearly marked and there are a few vistas during the fall and winter months when the leaves are down. Then gradually descend to the Deer Park Mountain Shelter at the 3 mile mark. This is a nice area to relax, have a fire and eat lunch. There is a small spring/creek w/in 100 meters of the shelter. After the shelter stop, start a steep climb of about 300 feet, then start a straight down hill hike of 1,200 feet, over a two mile stretch into the city of Hot Springs. There are some nice views of the city during the descent.

hiking
2 months ago

pretty dogwoods & colorful fungi, but foliage blocks views and little water for dogs

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

Excellent trail. Would recommend hiking after the leaves are off. Very nice view of Bluff Mtn. but hard to see in full foliage. Another Great Day hike on the A.T.