Parking on the TN/NC Appalachian Trail

Section 7 - Carvers Gap (TN 143 - NC 261) to Hughes Gap Displayed from North to South

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Carvers Gap
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The AT is 14 miles south of Roan Mountain, TN on TN 143 and 14 miles north of Bakersville, NC on NC 261. 2/1/06 25
01/29/08 1
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There is an official USFS parking lot at the gap which is right at the NC/TN state line. Here the highway (TN 143/NC261) is running N-S. The parking area is a short distance down the side road to the Cloudland rhododendron gardens (right side). That can hold 15-20 cars. There is also a dirt parking area right at the intersection where 8-10 cars can park easily. Rotate the street view of the map in the previous listing to the west to see the entrance road to the USFS lot and some of the parking roadside. A view to the northwest shows more. The southbound trail to Sec. 7 goes into the woods just to the north of the pull-off. The northbound trail to Sec. 6 crosses the road and then parallels it on the other side of a split rail fence. In a few feet a side trail from the parking pull-off comes in from the right. This short side trail can be seen in the street view to the east. 12/05/09 See comments
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Go 2.3 miles from TN 143/NC 261 from Carvers Gap, TN to paved USFS Cloudland Rhodendron Garden Road. 2/1/06
01/29/08 1
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There is a large lot at the end of the road. There is a fee station as this is part of a state park. This was not manned the week before Memorial Day 2008. I don't know what the fee is when the station is open. This area is known for the spectacular rhododendrons. These supposedly bloom sometime in June. To reach the trail continue up the hill towards the site of the Cloudland Hotel. (See pictures) The northbound AT goes right, the southbound goes left. 10/17/08 Approx. 50
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Hughes Gap
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From Roan Mountain, TN go south 5.3 miles on TN 143 and then go west 3 miles on Cove Creek Road OR 4 miles northeast from Buladean, NC on paved Hughes Gap Road. Vandalism to cars parked overnight has occurred here. 2/3/06 5
01/29/08 1
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The above directions are good except that the first half mile from Hughes Gap into North Carolina is gravel, not paved. Thereafter it is paved. A small parking pull off is on the north side of the road (right side if coming from Tennessee). The northbound trail goes south to Section 7 starting the long steep climb to Roan High Knob. The southbound trail goes north to Section 8, initially following a dirt road. Note that compass directions and trail directions are reversed in this area. 10/28/09 3-5
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