Appalachian Trail: TN 91 to Low Gap

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Appalachian Trail: TN 91 to Low Gap is a 13.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain City, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
13.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3300 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

26 days ago

We hiked a couple miles out and back with the kids. In spring, this place would be loaded with wildflowers!

hiking
1 month ago

im starting my hike at tn91 and hiking to my truck that will be parked at low gap. this is about a 6.5 mile hike, correct? anything i need to know about between these 2 trail heads?

hiking
3 months ago

Its a great trail to begin if your new to hiking

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4 months ago

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6 months ago

Monday, May 30, 2016

Beautiful scenery and a stroll through farmland.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Also, tried to update this trail. the TN91 trailhead is actually considered Mountain City right at the Carter/Johnson county line. Parking lot sign says Cross Mountain trail, which is .5 miles but also part of the AT. Cross 91 and enter the farm (lots of free roaming cows, keep your dogs leashed and close!) and follow the white blazes at the end of the gravel trail. Or cross Cross Mountain road and follow the AT through Butler to Watauga dam. Highly recommend both!

hiking
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Started at TN91 at Cross Mtn. Nice walk through the farm, beautiful view of Shady Valley, was followed by a cow as we passed through the pasture. The Double Springs shelter was a mess, disappointing. Look forward to doing this again as the leaves start to change.

hiking
Thursday, November 01, 2012

This is a nice trail for a quick hike or (my favorite way) to end a trip down trail 44 across Holston Mt.

hiking
Saturday, February 11, 2012

Did this area as part of a AT section hike with my wife, Cross Mtn down to Laurel Fork falls. Lots of ridge walking, plenty of water sources, but few vistas in summer with leaves full. I enjoy this section more in late fall.

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2011

Did this trip, but sobo, from low gap to 91. Doing it this way gives a goal to keep you going. Crossing through the old farm at the end is a great way to renew the spirit after all the climbing from low gap, as it is beautiful.

hiking
Sunday, February 06, 2011

Made this trip September of 2010 with my friend Doug. It was our first AT hike, so we were very excited. Saw several deer up close as we made the trip from North to South and did not see one person on the trail unil 1 mile from TN 91. The leaves had not started turning and it was pretty hot. Lots of water at all of the streams and the grade was mostly downhill after a couple of short climbs from Low Gap. We were pretty disappointed in the condition of the shelter at Double Springs. Lots of toilet paper and trash on the ground, but the water supply was super with a flowing pipe above ground level just below the shelter. Plenty of really nice campsites along the way for several tents. There was not much parking at the Low Gap site, but plenty at the TN91 location.