Mooney Gap to Albert Mountain Firetower

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Mooney Gap to Albert Mountain Firetower is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Otto, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

3.1 miles
948 feet
Out & Back



nature trips






wild flowers


A pretty typical Appalachian Trail walk in the woods with lots of trees obstructing long views but enough nice views. This trail section starts in the vicinity of Standing Indian Campground, includes lots of ridge line walking, and crosses a number of creeks. This description is from an August 2013 trip. Nice and cool, despite being in August because this section of the AT is at relatively high elevations (4,000 ft) for south of GSMNP. Start where Ball Creek Road (USFS 83) crosses the Appalachian Trail and hike north 28 miles to Tellico Gap. Five days makes for really easy days and lots of time in camp. Tower at the top of Albert Mountain (in the clouds when we were there). Big Spring Shelter closed and torn down. New Long Branch Shelter a little less than 2 miles north very nice. Rock Gap Shelter is so close to a road that you hear traffic noise. Great 270-degree views from Wayah Bald tower with displays showing the names of mountains in view. It's pretty cool to find your start point on the horizon and see how far away it looks. Wayah Bald Shelter is new (2013). It's about a quarter mile north of where the AT departs from the Bartram Trail. Lots of nice campsites near the shelter. Water about 300 yards away. Don't miss the campsite at Rocky Bald, 1.4 miles south of Tellico Gap. Awesome. Top of the mountain. Campfire on the rock 15 ft from the dropoff. Great view. Eastern exposure. Didn't get a sunrise, though, because we were in a cloud in the morning. Nice wooded campsite behind the fire pit. Blueberries and blackberries all around camp. Water 1/4 mile north - small spring in a campsite on Appalachian Trail.