Appalachian Trail: Sams Gap to Spivey Gap

MODERATE 31 reviews

Appalachian Trail: Sams Gap to Spivey Gap is a 12.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point 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
12.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3323 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great trail - defined not 10 year old friendly. Beautiful views with lots of snow.

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7 months ago

We attempted to take an overnight trip and ended up just going to big bald and back in one day (13mi) because of bad weather. Even through fog and rain, I could tell this hike was absolutely beautiful. September was the perfect time to go for fields of flowers, ferns, mushrooms and moss! The scenery was abundant and breathtaking. I would highly recommend, but check the weather for mars hill instead of Asheville - vastly different climates only 30 minutes away.

8 months ago

This is a great section of the AT! The parking and trailhead is easy access and well-marked. The parking is located right before the 1-26 overpass, on both the right and left sides of the road. There is a gate and sign labeled Walking Trail. The trail starts right beyond the gate. We hiked the 2 miles to the first bald mountain, then hiked back. The views from the mountain are so beautiful! It would be amazing to camp overnight to see the sunrise and sunset. I would rate the difficulty as moderate. There are many roots and rocks along the trail, along with several fallen trees to climb over. The last half mile or so is a steady elevation gain. The hike to the first bald is entirely wooded, but the views are worth it!!

10 months ago

LOVE this journey

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike ,bald mt. Was fogged in would like to go back on a clear day ,looking forward to it ! Last month

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Great hike. Mostly wooded. The first bald is beautiful

hiking
Friday, December 23, 2016

First bald is about 2 miles from the little parking lot off the road. Went in late December and the trail was fully open and accessible. It's good for a short day hike, I would rate it as moderate up to that point. The view from the first field is quite amazing, and looks like a good place to camp to watch the sunrise! Didn't see the second bald, but I will try that next time!

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

This is a nice trail. Most of it is wooded. The views from the balds are great.

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

Great hike. Camped on top of the bald for an incredible sunrise.

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

Hiked to big bald and it was challenging but very worth it! 2 miles in is the first opening to see the mountain views. Big bald is 6.5 miles from the start. Well worth it. Took about 6 hours to hike in and back out.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Great hike, completed it in 5-6 hours. Awesome views of big bald halfway through. Can be strenuous at times but its fairly even up hill/down hill. High rocks is a great site to see to close to spivy gap.

hiking
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Awesome trail with great views, but also pretty challenging. Lots of elevation changes, but the views are well worth the effort. I highly recommend camping at the top of Big Bald Mountain, especially if it is a clear night.

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