Parking on the TN/NC Appalachian Trail

Section 12 - Sams Gap (TN/NC State line) (US23) to Devil Fork Gap (NC 212) Displayed from North to South

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Sams Gap
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From Asheville, NC, take I-26 north to exit 3 (Wolf Laurel). Turn right, then left on old US 23 (US 23A) for about 3 miles to Sams Gap. The highway crosses under I-26 here.

From Erwin TN: Take Exit 50 off I-26. Go left on Upper Higgins Creek Road for 0.6 miles, then go left on Flag Pond Road for 5.6 miles to Sams Gap.
Parking available 2/4/06
The marker on the attached map indicates the parking area on the south side of Sams Gap. Rotate the street view to the south to see the lot. To see the trail route, rotate to the north. The southbound trail comes down the grassy road on the left in the view, turns right and goes under the overpass. GPS reading for parking lot N35.95247 W82.56085 12/24/15 10-15 1
at @ rohland.org
This map shows the view on the north side of Sams Gap. The street view to the south shows the northbound trail which follows the road under the overpass. The parking lot is on the other side. The street view to the east shows the route of the southbound trail. It initially follows the paved side road, then goes into the woods. 12/25/15 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
3.6
Rice Gap
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From Flag Pond on US 23, go southwest on a steep gravel road along Rice Creek for six miles. 2/4/06
As of July of 2005, there is no parking at this site, and it does not cross the AT. The road ends at a private driveway, and to continue to where it crosses the AT (unmarked) requires a steep 1 mile hike up an abandoned jeep road (with berms built in to make it unusable for vehicular travel). 8/4/06
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8.0
Rector Laurel Road
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From I-26: Take Exit 50 in TN. At the end of the ramp go left (west) on Upper Higgins Creek Road. Go about 0.6 miles to a T intersection and go right on Old Asheville Highway for about 2 miles to TN 352. Take a sharp left and follow TN 352 42.9 miles Rector Laurel Road. Go left on Rector Laurel Road. The trail is 1.3 miles from this intersection.

From Hot Springs, follow the directions for Devil Fork Gap At the gap continue straight ahead on TN 352 for 1.3 miles. Go right on Rector Laurel Road. The trail is 1.3 miles from the intersection.

The road is narrow with no shoulders so parking in the immediate vicinity does not seem possible.
On the attached map the crossing is indicated by the marker. Rotate the street view to the west to see the southbound trail starting to ascend a hill on its way to Devil Fork Gap. Rotate to south to see northbound trail. Remember that compass and trail directions are reversed in this section. 12/24/15 Probably access point only with no parking 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
8.5
Devil Fork Gap
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GPS N36.009898 W82.609742 The location on the Google map isn't exact but close. 1/28/08 1
at @ rohland.org
From I-26: Take Exit 50 in TN. At the end of the ramp go left (west) on Upper Higgins Creek Road. Go about 0.6 miles to a T intersection and go right on Old Asheville Highway for about 2 miles to TN 352. Take a sharp left and follow TN 352 4.2 miles to Devils Fork Gap at the state line. Beyond the state line the road becomes NC 212. The crossing is about 200 feet past the state line.



From Hot Springs NC, take US 25/ 70 east then north east for about 5 miles. Go left and take NC 208 N for 3.5 miles then right on NC 212( northeast) 14 miles. The crossing is just before the state line.
The attached map more exactly indicates the trail crossing. The area of the crossing is indicaated by the marker. The satellite view clearly shows the parking area. The Appalachian Trail overlay appears to be off. Rotate the street view to the west to see the southbound trail to Section 13 as it leaves NC 212 and initially climbs a set of steps. Rotate the view to the south to see the northbound trail to Section 12 which initially involves a climb over a stile. The view to the east shows the parking. Remember that in this region that trail directions and compass directions are reversed. The northbound trail goes south while the northbound trail goes south. GPS N36.0102 W82.6088 12/24/15 6-8 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu

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