Appalachian Trail: Lemon Gap to Hot Springs

HARD 5 reviews

Appalachian Trail: Lemon Gap to Hot Springs is a 13.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Hot Springs, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

13.2 miles
5019 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly



nature trips




wild flowers

1 month ago

Definitely should be rated difficult bcuz of length & ups/down. 14.5 miles. Great winter hike for views and solitude.

Monday, April 18, 2016

I covered this section as part of a two day hike that began at the Waterville exit, off I-40. At Lemon Gap, the AT immediately ascends up to the Walnut Mountain Shelter, followed by a descent down to Catpen Gap - to my tastes, the prettiest camping spot of my trip. A further ascent to the top of Bluff Mountain provides an awesome view of the Black Mountain Crest to the east. From Bluff, its a long 4 mile descent to Garenflo Gap. The AT then continues for another 6-7 miles up and along the Deer Park Mountain ridge before descending down into Hot Springs.......where a tasty IPA awaits at the Iron Horse - Cheers!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Great section of the AT. The shelter has some rats though.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

My daughter and I did this trail as part of a Mag Patch to Hot Springs, NC hike. While this hike showed just how how out of shape we are. That being said, we both enjoyed the hike and I would definitely do it again.

Thursday, July 31, 2014