Parking on the TN/NC Appalachian Trail

Section 26 - Deep Gap to Bly Gap Displayed from North to South

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  Nantahala Hiking Club http://www.maconweb.com/nhc/ 358cor @ dnet.net Wesser, N.C., at U.S. 19 to Bly Gap, N.C.


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0.0
Deep Gap FS 71
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Reached via highway US64 and Forest Service 71. From Franklin, NC, go West on US64 13.6 miles (from overpass where US23 turns South toward Atlanta) to FS71. Turn is just past top of hill with Clay County sign. From West, follow US64 East past Hayesville, NC, make long climb up mountain, and near top of second climb, watch for sign for FS71 on right. FS71 is a 6-mile single-lane gravel road, normally quite passable for autos. Note that this road is closed during the Winter -- usually between Jan. 1st and March 15th. Follow FS71 to parking area at end; the AT crosses through this parking area. To go South on AT, head West out of parking area -- to go North, head East. 2/4/06 1
Nantahala Hiking Club
The satellite view on the attached map shows the parking area at Deep Gap. 06/23/14 1
at @ rohland.org
Atttached is a is a Google map showing the route from US 64. Deep Gap parking is indicated by the marker. A view of the parking area an be seen in the pictures for TN/NC Section 26. 06/23/14 8-10 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
3.0
Chunky Gal Trail
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According to the NHC web page (http://www.maconcommunity.org/nhc/sides.html#Bartram) the trail head for this trail is in Glade Gap on US 64 at the top of the long climb ot of Shoorting Creek Valley. The beginning is marked with small signs and blazes, but is not easy to locate. The approximate location of the trailhead is indicated by the marker. This locates Glade Gap. I do not have exact coordinates for the trailhead. According to information from that map, Glade Gap is 6 miles south of Rainbow Springs and 6.3 miles north of the community of Shooting Creek. There is apparently only roadside parking.

Update (2015): The URL listed above is no longer available.
Given its length (5.5 miles), this is more of an alternate trail than an access. It follow the ridge of Chunky Gal Mountain, meeting the AT 3.0 miles south of Deep Gap. There the northbound AT goes left, the southbound goes right. Coordinates at the intersection are 35.02980 -83.57163. If you zoom in on these coordinates, there is a trail overlay for the Appalachian Trail. This may be slightly inaccurate. 06/29/15 Not known 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
6.8
Bly Gap
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The is no road access to Bly Gap. the nearest is FS 72 to Blue Ridge Gap (Mile 3.2 of GA Section 11) which is sometimes passable. Deep Gap at Mile 0.0 of this section is the closest road access to the north. The marker on the attached map shows the location of Bly Gap. Bly Gap is actually 0.1 miles north of the NC/ GA state line, but it is the traditional boundary for trail maintenance responsibilities. To the north TN/NC Section 26 (AKA NC Section 10 in the AT Guide) is maintained by the Nantahala Hiking Club. To the south (Georgia Section 11) is maintained by the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club. 2/4/2006 Zero since no road access 1

This section is described as Section 10 in the "Appalachian Trail Guide to North Carolina-Georgia"
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