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Appalachian Trail In NC
Bly Gap to
AT Hiking Guide - North Carolina
Bly Gap to Fontana Dam
Hiking guide with descriptions and maps for the Appalachian Trail as it travels in NC from Bly Gap to Fontana Dam. The guide is broken down by 6 sections of the AT. The book comes to you delivered as a pdf file via email. Use the buy now button and we will send you the file via email usually within 24 hours of receiving payment. Happy Hiking!
You'll find information about the 88 mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina between Bly Gap and Fontana Dam by using the links above will take you to web pages with a detailed description, pictures as well as maps of different sections of the AT between Bly Gap and Fontana Dam. The links above will give you a closer look at the trail to assist in planning your AT adventure.
At Bly Gap the AT leaves Georgia and enters North Carolina. Here the trail enters the Nantahala National Forest. Nantahala is Cherokee for 'land of the noonday sun'. The largest of North Carolina's four National Forests, the Nantahala encompasses 531,148 acres with elevations ranging from 5,800 feet at Lone Bald in Jackson County to 1,200 feet in Cherokee County along Hiwassee River.
There are many memorable places along this long stretch of the Appalachian Trail including Albert Mountain, Wayah Bald, Copper Ridge Bald, Rocky Bald, Wesser Bald, Jump-up Lookout, Swim Bald, Cheoah Bald and Fontana Dam. Thru hikers will find a visitor center with restrooms and showers located at Fontana Dam.
Miles from Springer Mtn Elevation Key points along the AT in NC (Bly Gap to Fontana Dam section) 78.5 3825 feet NC-GA State Line 78.6 3840 feet Bly Gap 80.5 4300 feet Sassafras Gap 81.4 4600 feet Muskrat Creek Shelter 82.2 4620 feet Whiteoak Stamp 82.4 4700 feet Chunky Gal Trail 83.3 4490 feet Wateroak Gap 85.4 4341 feet Deep Gap, USFS 71, Kimsey Creek Trail 86.3 4760 feet Standing Indian Shelter 87.8 5498 feet Standing Indian Mountain, Lower Trail Ridge Trail 90.7 4460 feet Beech Gap 93.5 4700 feet Timber Ridge Trail 93.9 4530 feet Carter Gap Shelter 97.6 4300 feet Betty Creek Gap 98.5 4400 feet Mooney Gap, USFS 83 98.8 4500 feet Spring 99.8 4790 feet Bearpen Trail, USFS 67 100.1 5250 feet Albert Mountain 102.5 2500 feet Long Branch Shelter 103.5 4160 feet Glassmine Gap 106.0 3760 feet Rock Gap Shelter 106.1 3750 feet Rock Gap, Wasilik Poplar, Standing Indian Campground 106.7 3738 feet Wallace Gap, Old US 64 109.8 3770 feet Winding Stair Gap, US 64 (Franklin, NC 28734) 110.7 3970 feet Campsite 110.9 4100 feet Swinging Lick Gap 111.8 4480 feet Panther Gap 114.0 4600 feet Siler Bald Shelter 115.7 4180 feet Wayah Gap, SR 1310 117.5 4900 feet USFS 69 118.0 5290 feet Wine Spring 119.9 5342 feet Wayah Bald 120.3 5200 feet Campsite 120.8 4480 feet Wayah Shelter 122.1 4440 feet Licklog Gap 124.4 4236 feet Burningtown Gap, SR 1397 125.6 4920 feet Cold Spring Shelter 126.3 5080 feet Copper Ridge Bald Lookout 127.5 5030 feet Trail to Rocky Bald Lookout 127.8 4900 feet Spring 129.2 3850 feet Tellico Gap, SR 1365 130.6 4627 feet Wesser Bald Observation Tower 131.3 4100 feet Spring 131.4 4115 feet Wesser Creek Trail, Wesser Bald Shelter 133.0 4000 feet Jump Up Lookout 136.3 2300 feet A. Rufus Morgan Shelter 137.1 1723 feet Nantahala River, US 19, US 74, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Wesser, NC (Bryson City, NC 28713) 138.7 2390 feet Wright Gap 140.2 3050 feet Grassy Gap 143.1 4710 feet Swim Bald 144.0 4330 feet Sassafras Gap Shelter 145.2 5062 feet Cheoah Bald 147.6 3690 feet Locust Cove Gap 148.6 3700 feet Simp Gap 150.7 3165 feet Stecoah Gap, NC 143 151.7 3270 feet Sweetwater Gap 153.1 3800 feet Brown Fork Gap Shelter 153.3 3600 feet Brown Fork Gap 155.1 3540 feet Hogback Gap 155.9 3600 feet Cody Gap 158.3 2980 feet Yellow Creek Gap, SR 1242 159.2 2880 feet Cable Gap Shelter 160.6 3490 feet Black Gum Gap 162.0 3450 feet Walker Gap, Yellow Creek Trail 162.4 3200 feet Campsite 164.7 1810 feet NC 28 (Fontana Dam, NC 28733) 165.8 1775 feet Fontana Dam Shelter 166.1 1770 feet Fontana Dam Visitor Center
We recommend purchasing any of the following books for those looking for more information on hiking the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina:
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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