Views from Vandeventer

Johnson City, Tennessee

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This hike travels the spine of Iron Mountain, using the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) to reach a trail shelter and a fine view. Enter Laurel Branch Wilderness at the trailhead, climbing by switchbacks to the ridge crest. Occasional outcrops provide warm-up views. The richly forested mountain eventually leads to Vandeventer trail shelter, directly behind which is a rock crag presenting panoramas of Watauga Lake and a host of mountains beyond. This hike is best enjoyed when the skies are clear. I recommend doing it from early fall through late spring, especially after fronts have passed through. The trek can be a hot one during summer with the lack of water and potentially hazy skies being pitfalls then. The Appalachian Trail crosses Watauga Dam Road at Iron Mountain Gap. This is where you start this hike. Parking spots are stretched along the road here, but if you cannot find one, just drive on down toward the observation and picnic area overlooking Watauga Lake.
Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail South

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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail South

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This hike travels the spine of Iron Mountain, using the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) to reach a trail shelter and a fine view. Enter Laurel Branch Wilderness at the trailhead, climbing by switchbacks to the ridge crest. Occasional outcrops provide warm-up views. The richly forested mountain eventually leads to Vandeventer trail shelter, directly behind which is a rock crag presenting panoramas of Watauga Lake and a host of mountains beyond.

This hike is best enjoyed when the skies are clear. I recommend doing it from early fall through late spring, especially after fronts have passed through. The trek can be a hot one during summer with the lack of water and potentially hazy skies being pitfalls then. The Appalachian Trail crosses Watauga Dam Road at Iron Mountain Gap. This is where you start this hike. Parking spots are stretched along the road here, but if you cannot find one, just drive on down toward the observation and picnic area overlooking Watauga Lake.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Johnson City
Distance: 9.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 2,380 feet
Top Elevation: 3,610 feet
Local Contacts: Cherokee National Forest, Watauga Ranger District: 423-735-1500, www.fs.usda.gov/cherokee
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated #783 South Holston and Watauga Lakes; Appalachian Trail Conservancy TN–NC Maps 1 and 2; USGS Watauga Dam
Driving Directions: Directions to Views from Vandeventer

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