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Appalachian Trail In NC

Newfound Gap
to Low Gap

Mt LeConte, Charlie's Bunion, Bradley's View,
Mt Chapman, Mt Guyot

 

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Appalachian Trail GPS Tracks

Get the complete GPS Tracks for the AT in Great Smoky Mountains National Park for ONLY $1.97!  This .gpx file includes waypoints for all trail shelters along this 72 mile stretch of trail and many AT parking areas.  Use the BUY NOW button below and we'll send you the file via e-mail!  Happy Hiking!

NOTE: Some trail relocation may have occurred, which may not be reflected with our GPS Tracks.  The tracks are very close to the current trail.

This 24 mile section of the Appalachian Trail takes hikers through the heart of the Smokies from Newfound Gap to Low Gap.  This stretch features Charlie's Bunion, Mount Sequoyah, Mount Chapman, Mount Guyot and Cosby Knob.  A five mile side trail leads hikers to spectacular Mount LeConte.

There are four shelters along this stretch of the Appalachian Trail.  You'll probably find numerous day hikers from Newfound Gap to Charlie's Bunion, as this is a very popular stretch of trail.  Newfound Gap is a very busy place with other hikers and tourists.  There is a huge parking area for over 130 cars at the gap as well as a rest room (if I remember correctly).  The GPS coordinates are N35 36.665 W83 25.490 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle.

Only 1972 miles to go...

This section of the AT starts from Newfound Gap as you pass a sign letting you know how far you are from the northern terminus of the trail at Katahdin.  The trail climbs steadily and you may see tourists that have turned around or day hikers making their way back from Charlie's Bunion. 

At 1.7 miles the trail reaches the junction of the Sweat Heifer Creek Trail.  The Sweat Heifer Trail travels 3.7 miles to the Kephart Prong Trail and the Kephart Shelter.  You can follow the Kephart Prong Trail another two miles to US 441.  At 2.5 miles the AT reaches 6085 foot Mount Ambler and the trail now descends a bit. 

Sign at the junction of the Sweat Heifer Creek Trail

At 2.7 miles the trail reaches the junction of the Boulevard Trail.  The Boulevard Trail heads over five miles to Mount LeConte.  There is a shelter there as well as a lodge/restaurant (reservations required).  At 3.0 miles the trail reaches Ice Spring Shelter.  This shelter was originally built in 1963 and renovated in 1999.  The shelter sleeps twelve and has a privy located nearby. 

The spectacular view at Charlie's Bunion

From here the trail heads toward the spectacular views of Charlie's Bunion, reached at 4.0 miles.  This wildly popular destination got its name back in 1929, when Charlie Conner and Horace Kephart discovered this feature which was created by a landslide after a lot of rain.  The two decided the outcropping stuck out like a bunion on Charlie's foot.  The narrow path here was blasted out by the National Park Service.

Narrow trail approaching Charlie's Bunion

From Charlie's Bunion, the day hikers disappear and suddenly you may be all alone in the vastness of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with only the white blazes of the Appalachian Trail marking your way.  At 4.3 miles the trail reaches the junction of the Dry Sluice Gap Trail.  The trail reaches The Sawteeth at 5.1 miles.

At 8.3 miles the trail reaches Bradley's View.  At 10.3 miles the trail reaches the junction of the Hughes Ridge Trail.  About 0.4 miles along the Hughes Ridge Trail is the Pecks Corner Shelter.  This shelter was originally built in 1958 and renovated in 2000.  The shelter sleeps twelve and has a privy located nearby.  The Hughes Ridge Trail travels 4.7 miles to the Benton MacKaye Trail.

Pecks Corner Shelter in a spring snow storm

The Benton MacKaye Trail travels nearly 300 miles through the Appalachian Mountains of the southeastern United States from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Davenport Gap on the northern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

At 15.6 miles the trail reaches the Tri-Corner Knob Shelter.  The shelter was originally built in 1961 and renovated in 2004.  This shelter sleeps twelve and has a privy located nearby.  This is the most remote shelter in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  This shelter tends to be very soggy place during wet weather.

Tri-Corner Knob Shelter

Soon after the shelter the trail reaches the junction of the Balsam Mountain Trail.  The Balsam Mountain Trail travels 5.8 miles to the Benton MacKaye Trail.  At 19.4 miles the trail reaches the junction of the Snake Den Ridge Trail.  This trail travels 5.3 miles to the Cosby Campground.

At 21.6 miles the trail reaches the junction of the Camel Gap Trail, which leads 4.1 miles to the Gunter Fork Trail.  At 23.2 miles the trail reaches a side trail that leads 300 feet to the Cosby Knob Shelter.  This shelter was built in 1959 and sleeps twelve with a privy located nearby.

The trail reaches 4242 foot Low Gap and the junction of the Low Gap Trail.  This marks the end of this section of the Appalachian Trail.  Taking the Low Gap Trail north will bring you to Cosby Campground in 2.5 miles.  The trail heading south will lead to the Big Creek Trail in 2.5 miles.

View along the Appalachian Trail near Mount Chapman

We offer the full GPS tracks of the 72 mile section of the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountain National Park for only $1.97 via a .gpx file.  This file also includes waypoints for the shelters located along the trail as well as parking areas.  A great tool to keep you on the trail or to make your own maps!

We recommend purchasing any of the following books for those looking for more information on hiking the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountain National Park:

 Appalachian Trail Guide to Tennessee-North Carolina: 13th Edition

 Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Georgia North Carolina Tennessee

 Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 Best Easy Day Hikes Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 Hiking Trails of the Smokies

 Trails Illustrated Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 Trails Illustrated Great Smoky Mountains National Park Explorer

 

 

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