Appalachian Trail in North Carolina

Elk Park, North Carolina

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Each spring, hundreds of people hoist heavy packs onto their backs and strain down a misty trail, intent on accomplishing the most difficult task of their lives: going the length of the Appalachian Mountains. The footpath links a tree-covered mountaintop in Georgia and a rock-capped summit in central Maine. The trail winds for 300 miles across western North Carolina, home to some of its highest elevations and most spectacular scenery. Nearly 70 years old, the Appalachian Trail (AT) was the first organized recreational avenue to wilderness. Today there are many long-distance trails, but none equals the AT.
Hiking North Carolina

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Hiking North Carolina

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

Each spring, hundreds of people hoist heavy packs onto their backs and strain down a misty trail, intent on accomplishing the most difficult task of their lives: going the length of the Appalachian Mountains. The footpath links a tree-covered mountaintop in Georgia and a rock-capped summit in central Maine.

The trail winds for 300 miles across western North Carolina, home to some of its highest elevations and most spectacular scenery. Nearly 70 years old, the Appalachian Trail (AT) was the first organized recreational avenue to wilderness. Today there are many long-distance trails, but none equals the AT.

© 2016 Randy Johnson/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Elk Park
Distance: Up to 324 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Varies
Season: Best: late spring through early fall
Local Contacts: Appalachian Ranger District, 632 Manor Road, Mars Hill 28754; (828) 689-9694; Appalachian Trail Conservancy: appalachiantrail.org
Local Maps: USGS Carvers Gap, Elk Park, and White Rocks Mountain; Appalachian Trail Conservancy AT map and guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Appalachian Trail (in North Carolina)

Recent Trail Reviews

10/26/2007
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Spectacular trail! I loved it... it was testing, steep, cold, highly exposed, and the views were astounding. I did the trail the way trails.com said was the hardest and then back the other way to get back to my car (26+ miles including the side trail to grassy ridge). It was a great combination of exposed (windy!) grassy ridges/summits and colorful (fall foliage) gap forest walks. I don't reccomend camping on grassy ridge. I was stubborn and wanted to pitch my tent with a view and was rewarded with 50+mph winds and pelting rain through the night. Fortunatley my tent was fully guyed out and i didn't have any problems. I fully reccomend this trail at least in one direction and if your up for a longer/harder, but very rewarding hike do it both ways. The views looking back along your route on the return trip are quite rewarding.



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