Appalachian Trail: Tennessee State Route 91 to Watauga Dam

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Appalachian Trail: Tennessee State Route 91 to Watauga Dam is a 15.1 mile point-to-point trail located near Butler, Tennessee that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

Length15.1 miElevation gain2,345 ftRoute typePoint to point
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Stephanie Whiting
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We started on the Watauga Dam side and hiked until the Vanderveeter Shelter, where we camped for the night (4.5ish miles). The first few miles were pretty brutal, as I was carrying a 25lb pack, but I guess I made it, so it must be doable. There were a lot of switchbacks. The last ten miles to get to Rte 91 was a breeze compared to those first few miles. We flew through those ten miles in about 4 hours 20 minutes, with several breaks. The last few miles are almost all downhill, thank god. The views along the ridge were gorgeous, especially in the morning when the fog is covering the valley. Otherwise the rest of it is just a walk in the woods. There is water in the streams, but trickling. We brought in 4 liters of water each for the entire hike, and it was just enough.

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Cesar Gonzalez
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Hiking

It was a good trail with amazing views since we were on the ridge the entire time. However the end has a lot of switchbacks that we did not account for. Our mistake was not looking at the detail s of the trail on the all trails app. That's why we didn't account for the zigzagging at the end Which made the trail longer than expected. I am writing this review so others can plan their trips accordingly. Definitely look at the trail in detail. Enjoy!

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Jessica Vehmeier
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Jason Shaw
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Hiking

Trail is very well maintained. Water source about a mile from Stoney creek entrance. Great trail.

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Michael Sell
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Backpacking

I got on the trail at TN 91 ant hiked south. My goal was Vanderveeter Shelter about 11 miles. The water source is quite a way down the hill- about .3 in a ravine. It is good water but this time of year it is trickling. There is a camp ground about half way down where we stayed. The trail is gradually descending down to Watauga Lake.

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John Wilber
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This is a pretty extensive hike. It should actually be placed in the hard column. Especially if you start on the Watauga Dam side. If you do this point to point start on the Hwy 91 side. Did see a bear and a cub so beware.

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Matt Smith
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Excellent section of AT with a lot of up and down along the ridge line

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Valarie Cassini
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Attempted the trail from Butler. Directions to turn on Piercetown and continue on Wilderness dr. Well Wilderness dr is now Bear Ridge dr. and it is a gated community. If anyone knows an alternate route to get to the Butler trailhead I would like to know.

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Ryan Oaks
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Hiking

My 10 year old son and I hiked this trail on Good Friday. This was his first point to point trail. It was a good, fairly easy trail. Good for a first point to point. The views were amazing.

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Tina Henson
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My husband and I hiked this trail and it was amazing! It was fairly easy but did have a few elevation gains.

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Steven Gilreath
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Went thru here as part of section hike. Gorgeous area, always loved Watauga Lake. Shook Branch recreation area is a nice stop, with rest rooms, chlorinated potable water, etc. Lots of good camping areas on the AT on both sides of the Watauga Dam.

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Justin Czyzyk
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make sure you Zero day at watauga lake.. its awesome!

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Gary England
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Mattie Tilson
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Irving Blanco
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Josh Nave
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Sean Tinkle
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William Griffin
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Istvan Karsai
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