Parking on the TN/NC Appalachian Trail

Section 16 - Max Patch (NC 1182) to Davenport Gap (TN 32/NC 284) Displayed from North to South

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Marker
 
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Parking Safety
Directions Comments Number of Vehicles Map   &  
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0.0
Max Patch Road - trail crossing
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From the Harmon Den exit of I-40 in NC (Exit 7), take gravel Cold Springs Creek Road, USFS 148, east for 6.1 miles then turn left on NC 1182 (Max Patch Road). The trail crossing is in 1.2 miles. See next listing for more details about the trail crossing. 12/20/15 1
at @ rohland.org
From the intersection of US 25/70 and NC 209 in Hot Springs, take the latter south for about 7 miles to Meadow Fork Raod. Go right on this and continue for about 5 miles. Go right on Little Creek Road which soon becomes gravel. In 3..5 miles, bear right onto Max Patch Road. The trail crossing is in 1.3 miles. There is dirt parking area on the left hand side of the road just beyond the crossing. See pictures for Section 16. At the crossing, the northbound trail goes right (if you are following the directions given) to Section 15 and Max Patch. The southbound trail to Section 16 goes left. The marker on the attached map is at the crossing. It appears the AT overlay on this map is not quite correct. Note: More extensive parking is at the USFS lot 0.3 miles further on Max Patch Road. (See Mile 19.6 of Section 15.) 08/19/14 3-4 at trail crossing and 15-20 is USFS lot 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
2.7
Brown Gap
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From the Harmon Den exit of I-40 in NC (Exit 7), take gravel Cold Springs Creek Road, USFS 148, east for 2.8 miles to a parking area and toilet facilities. Go left (north) on USFS 148A for 1.2 miles north to the trail crossing in Brown's Gap (Marker A). I have not been to this trailhead so have no firsthand experience, but reports say this last section is steep in places but is passable to normal passenger cars. The AT Guide to TN/NC says the road on the other side of the gap may be rough. Go to pictures for Section 16 to see a view of the trail crossing in Brown Gap. There is a three-way road intersection. There is space for a few cars to park roadside. At the crossing, the northbound trail is right (east), the southbound is left (west). 08/18/14 a few spaces roadside 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
8.1
Snowbird Mt./ FAA Tower
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I noticed you don't have directions to the summit of Snowbird/Wildcat Top. One of my favorite places to camp. Steep road subject to occasional washouts. I have made it up there with 2-wheel drive. 10/17/07
willey54 @ yahoo.com
The attached map shows the route from Hartford, TN on I-40 to the summit of the west peak of Snowbird Mt. where there is an FAA tower. I have never been to this area so all information is from the AT Guide and the Google Map. According to the latter the summit is 8.8 miles from Hartford. The route appears to be paved for about the first 4.5 miles then becomes gravel. The last street view still shows a good gravel road. If there are problems with the road, they probably occur in the last three miles. I don't know if there are places along this last stretch where one could park and walk the rest of the way if the road is bad. There are good view from the cleared summit of the mountain. The AT passes right by the tower. 12/11/09 Not known 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
12.8
Green Corner Road (North Jct.)
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See directions to gravel Green Corner Road (also called Waterville School Road) at Mile 13.3. From the north side of the I-40 overpass go about 0.8 miles to this trail crossing. Here the northbound trail comes out of the woods, follows the road for about 200 feet, then goes back into the woods . I have not visited the area north of I-40 so know nothing of the parking near the trailhead. From the satellite view on the attached map it appears to be minimal at best. Better parking is available at Standing Bear Hostel 0.3 miles further north on Green Corner Road
I do not have reliable GPS values for the places where the trail intersects the road. The placement of the marker on the attached map is thus somewhat approximate. 08/18/14 Not known at trail crossing 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
I recently parked for 7 nights at Standing Bear Hostel, approx 3 miles NW of Davenport Gap. There were no problems and at 2/night, it was a bargain. 05/14/12 1
tjp53 @ mac.com
The marker on the attached map indicates the entrance to Standing Bear hostel mentioned above, It is about 0.3 miles north of the trail crossing. Parking is available here for a reasonable fee. 08/18/14 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
13.3
I-40/ Green Corner Road
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If Eastbound on I-40 take Exit 451 in Tennessee. At the end of the exit road turn left and cross under the freeway. Continue straight ahead on gravel Waterville School Road ( AKA Green Corner Road). In a short distance the northbound trail goes left into the woods, initially climbing a set of 38 stone steps.
From I-40 westbound, turn right at the end of the exit ramp for Exit 451 in Tennessee. Go right and proceed a short distance to the point where the northbound trail leaves the road. Note: The southbound trail follows the road under the freeway on on to Waterville Road.
I have not visited the area north of the i-40 interchange so everything is 'book' information. From the satellite view there appears to be some roadside parking available. There is a picture of this area in the pictures for Section 16. The marker is placed at this possible parking near the trail crossing on the map. 008/17/14 few roadside 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
13.7
Pigeon River/ Tobes Creek Road
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If Eastbound on I-40 take Exit 451 in Tennessee. In about 0.1, turn right onto Tobes Creek Road and cross the Pigeon River. Just on the south side there is another intersection. The northbound AT comes out of the woods at the southeast corner. This intersection is Point A on the attached map. The street view to the south shows the trail head. Parking for 1-2 cars seems to be available at this point from this street view.

From I-40 westbound, after crossing NC/TN state border, go 0.7 miles - take Exit 451 (Waterville Road); at end of ramp turn left on Green Corner Road – go under I-40, Green Corner road curves to the right. [Note: Begin 2 way traffic with eastbound I-40 eastbound Exit 451 traffic.] Turn left on Tobes Creek Road and cross the Pigeon River to the intersection mentioned above.
The street view to the south on the attached map shows the intersection and the limited parking possibilities. The southbound trail enters the woods just to the left of the intersection. The northbound trail follows Tobes Creek Road across the Pigeon River, then goes right on the I-40 exit road. Parking may be possible roadside along this, but I suspect that more than short-term would be highly unwise if not illegal. The trail turns left, crosses I-40 via an underpass and goes straight ahead on Waterville School Road (AKA Green Corner Road). The trail shortly goes north from the road, initially climbing a set of 38 stone steps. (Se mile 13.3) 08/17/14 1-2 intersection 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
15.2
Davenport Gap
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From I-40 eastbound take Exit 451 in Tennessee. Go about 0.1 miles along the exit road, then turn right on Tobes Creek Road and cross the Pigeon River. On the south side of the bridge, turn left. This road loops around and reaches Waterviille Road. Go right here for two miles to the intersection with NC 1397 (Mt. Sterling Road). Note: The Big Creek Ranger station is straight ahead at this intersection. Go right on Mt. Sterling Road for 1.2 miles. The trail crossing is right at the state line. There is parking for 5-6 cars a bit further on the Tennessee side.

See below for the route from I-40 westbound
The marker on the attached map is at the trail crossing. The Google street view at this point is remarkably bad. See pictures for this section to get a better views of the trail crossing.

Note: This parking area is the site of frequent vandalism to parked cars. Overnight parking is extremely unwise. Secure parking is available at the Big Creek Ranger station. 08/17/14
5-6 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The attached map is similar to the previous one except that the marker indicates the location of the parking area. Rotate the street view to see the parking area. Note the warning in the previous listing warning about the parking situation in Davenport Gap. Safer parking is at the Big Creek Ranger Station 1.4 miles away. See mile 1.9. 08/17/14 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
From I-40 westbound, after crossing NC/TN state border, go 0.7 miles - take Exit 451 (Waterville Road); at end of ramp turn left on Green Corner Road – go under I-40, Green Corner road curves to the right. [Note: Begin 2 way traffic with eastbound I-40 eastbound Exit 451 traffic.] Turn left on Tobes Creek Road; turn left immediately after crossing the Pigeon River (this road loops around and reaches Waterville Road) Turn right on Waterville Road, go 2.0 miles; Turn right on Mt. Sterling Road (NC 1397), go 1.2 miles. The trail crossing is right at the state line. There is parking for 5-6 cars a bit further on the Tennessee side. 08/04/14 1
cfhartley @ columbiabasic.net

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