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Backpacked this trail in 3 days, 2 nights with my friend and my dog. Hughes gap to Roan High Knob is a hell of a climb. Camped on Roan High Knob for night 1. No water sources until Carver's gap where there is a spring just off the trail near the parking lot. Went from Roan High Knob to the Overmountain shelter where we camped for night 2. Plenty of good flowing springs from Carver's gap to the Overmountain shelter. Overmountain shelter is an incredible experience and I would highly recommend staying there. You will likely be in the company of other hikers so if you want a solitary experience then I would not stay at or near the overmountain shelter. There are also good flowing springs at the overmountain shelter. Little hump and big hump mountain are pretty tough climbs but they offer great views, especially big hump mountain. After Big hump mountain, the rest of the hike to Doll flats and then to 19e is straight downhill. I would recommend Bob's Dairyland in Roan Mountain, TN for a post trail meal. I will 100% be hiking this part of the AT again at some point.

backpacking
1 month ago

Incredible

just completed this but started further out at iron mountain gap. loved the trail. Plenty of water and some rain with high winds which was awesome. The last few miles going down was really rocky so keep that in mind if you have bad knees or feet. I would use boots instead of trail runners. Short walk down the road to Mountain Harbour B&B at end so turn left once you get on 19E.

hiked this in may 2018 and loved the hike. lots of elevation change and beautiful views from the balds. plenty of good water sources and places to camp. stayed at mountain harbor hostel first night and caught shuttle to Hughes gap. then hiked back there in 2 days and stayed another night. then they dropped us up the trail to slackpack back. the three days of hiking were very diverse in scenery and terrain. would recommend for anyone. also I did calculate Hughes to the hostel was about 21 miles.

Just finished this as a 3 day with my daughter and a friend. we parked at mt. harbour inn and shuttled to Hughes gap to start in the afternoon and get a few miles in for camp.

Water was abundant and we hiked fast but only progressed at about 1.5mph because the was so much to see that we had to stop and enjoy; that's why we're here.

Highly recommended section!

My wife and I, our three teenagers, and our dog found this hike to be a great mix of elevation gains, forested ridges, and grassy balds. There were plenty of water sources along the way, as well as many different options for setting up camp each night. The views from the balds are amazing. Highly recommended.

backpacking
Monday, September 18, 2017

This section is a nice walk in the woods and relaxing stroll through the Roan Highlands. The views are amazing going over the balds and Hump Mountain. Doll Flats was a nice surprising gem.

backpacking
Monday, July 17, 2017

A beautiful route but slightly longer than the 18 mile listed distance. We deviated and walked up the Grassy Ridge Bald, which added to our mileage, but not significantly. Water sources are flowing well as of July 15, 2017.