Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to Yellow Mountain Barn

MODERATE 1 reviews
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Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to Yellow Mountain Barn is a 12.3 mile loop trail located near Bakersville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

12.3 miles
2,775 feet

dogs on leash




nature trips



wild flowers


1 month ago

I have not hiked this lately but have in the past, with exception of the little loop near the Over Mountain Shelter/Yellow Mountain Barn. I'm planning on doing this as soon as the weather is a little more mild and am in hopes someone may want to give trail updates if they happen to walk this loop from Carvers Gap. I do know there is a good spring just up hill from the barn closer to the AT. Barn has been a great place to stay in the past, but I'm unsure of its current condition. If Barn is in disrepair and is not a safe place to stay, there are plenty of spots for tents. I've even set up a tent inside the barn in the past for a little more warmth. The walk may be a little more strenuous than moderate, but it's not a bad walk. The first hump out of Carvers Gap is kind of a "Baptism by Fire" start, but will have your legs warmed up for the rest of the walk. Love this area when the Rhodo are in Bloom.