Parking on the TN/NC Appalachian Trail

Section 21 - Stecoah Gap to the Nantahala River Displayed from North to South

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  Smoky Mountains Hiking Club http://www.smhclub.org/ mark.shipley @ townoffarragut.org Davenport Gap, TN/NC to Wesser, NC at US 19


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Stecoah Gap - Highway 143
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From Fontana Village take NC 28 east. Take NC 143 south to Stechoah Gap. From Robbinsville, take 143 north to Stechoah Gap. 2/4/06
Quote from whiteblaze.net: Warning.....my nephews jeep was vandalized at the Stecoah Gap Trailhead sometime between Friday 6/16 and Tuesday 6/20. Drivers window was broken out and all 4 tires slashed. Thanks to a hiker, we learned of the problem at the NOC and were able to contact a relative in Gatlinburg to help us resolve the issues and get on the road back to Indiana. We have left vehicles at many trailheads in GA, NC and other states without problems. Just be aware..........the Sheriffs Dept of Graham County said it has been a growing problem in the area. 6/24/06
lpotteiger @ appalachiantrail.org
If coming from the east follow NC 28 for 11.4 miles west from the point where it diverges from US 19/ 74 southwest of Bryson City. Turn left on NC 143 and follow it 1.7 miles to the trail crossing. This is indicated by the marker on the attached map. A parking area can seen on the south side of the road at the crossing. At the crossing, the southbound AT to Section 21 goes south. Note: The position of the AT appears to be slightly off on the road/trail overlay on the map. There is view of the parking area in the pictures for Section 20. 08/10/14 6-8 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
4.1
Bartram Trail
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The Bartram Trail meets the AT near the summit of Cheoah Bald. Following directions to the trailhead are slightly modified from 'Long Trails of the Southeast' by Johnny Malloy (Menasha Ridge Press) or the attached Google Map From Andrews take US 19/ 74/ 129 north about 6 miles to where US 129 diverges left. Continue on US 19/ 74 3.1 miles. The parking are is a short distance down a dirt road to the right. There is a pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection. Alternatively drive south on US 19/74 6.6 miles from the Nantahala Outdoor Center (See Mile 13.6). The markers on the attached map indicate parking area. A street view to the south at the interaction of the highway and the side road shows the parking area on the right. The Bartram Trail is a yellow-blazed 78 mile trail. The section here is the northernmost section. According to Malloy's book, the trail climbs about 2800 feet in approximately 5.1 miles to meet the AT on the north side of Cheoah Bald. The northbound AT to Stecoah Gap is left, the southbound to the summit of Cheoah Bald and eventually the Nantahala Outdoor Center is right. Coordinates at the intersection given on a web page maintained by Backpacker magazine are 35.3242 -83.6841. 08/27/15 Lot appears to hold 6-8 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
For an on-line description of this section of the Bartram Trail, see http://ncbartramtrail.org/section-7/ . The parking area described above is called the Winding Stair Trail Head on this link. 08/27/15 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
13.6
Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) US 19/74
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Trail crosses US 19/74 in Wesser, NC. The Nantahala Outdoor Center is a good safe place to leave a car. 2/4/06
The Nanatahala Outdoor Center is on the south bank of the Nantahala River in the community of Wesser, NC. From the point where NC 28 diverges from US 19/74 southwest of Bryson City, coontinue on US 19/74 for 4.3 miles to the center which will be on the left. Major parking appear to be on the north side of the river. The large lot is obvious on the satellite view of the attached map. If planning long term parking, ask the staff where you should park. The official southern end of Section 21 and northern end of Section 22 is the south end of the footbridge visible in the center of the satellite view directly north of the main building. The northbound trail to Section 21 crosses the bridge and the parking lot and then goes into the woods. There is a street view of the Google map as well as several photos of the area available. 08/26/15 Ample 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
From the street view and pictures associated with the Google map in the previous listng, it appears that there is some pull-off parking on the south side of US74 across from the NOC complex. 08/27/15
dlcul @ conncoll.edu

This section is described as Section 5 in the "Appalachian Trail Guide to North Carolina-Georgia"
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