Backpack to Overmountain Shelter in the Roan Highlands

Rate this Adventure North Carolina Carvers Gap

Added by Jess Fischer

Normally a popular shelter for through-hikers on the AT, this shelter is also a great location for a quick overnight backpacking trip in the Roan Highlands. 

Starting from the Carver Gap Parking area (do not leave belongings visible in your vehicle) head North on the Appalachian Trail (cross the road and head up the hill past the kiosk). Stay on the Appalachian Trail for 5.5 miles climbing across open balds and treking through forests and wildflower patches. You will come to an intersection where you'll notice a lot of little signs; this is Yellow Mountain Gap and where the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail intersects with the AT. At this point take a RIGHT and follow the very well beaten trail down to the Overmountain Shelter. You will come to a clearing before reaching the barn- there are fire pits and room for a lot of tents. There is also a natural spring right before reaching the clearing- marked by a blue blazed trail. 

The barn located on the far end of the clearing is a two story building that was built in the 1970s for farming but was eventually converted into an AT shelter a decade or so later. It has a loft for sleeping, outdoor areas where you can throw up hammocks, picnic tables, a fire ring and a privy. We opted to camp in the field but we did walk over and walk around in the barn to check it out. 

To return to Carvers Gap, leave the campsite the same way you came in; follow the side trail up to the Appalachian Trail and take a LEFT. Hike the 5.5 miles back to your car.

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag
  • Camp food
  • Stove
  • Hammock
  • Camera
  • Headlamp
  • Bear canister or rope to hang up food
  • Warm jacket for the evenings (we were there in August and we still needed jackets and leggings at night)
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

5.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

900 Feet

Features:

Dog Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by Jess Fischer

A little adventurer with a big love for the great outdoors.

More Adventures Nearby

Hike Crowders Mountain

North Carolina / Crowders Mountain Visitor Center

Crowders Mountain State Park is the closest green space to downtown Charlotte and it will not disappoint. There are two peaks worth checking out: The Pinnacle and Crowders Mountain.

Sarah Levant
4 Saves

Hike to Raven Rock Falls

North Carolina / Raven Rock Falls Trailhead

If you want to see a great waterfall without hiking all day, this is the perfect trail for you.

Paris Robinson
8 Saves

Hike Lookout Mountain, Montreat

North Carolina / Lookout Trail Trailhead

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains is Montreat, North Carolina. Just down the road from Asheville, it neighbors Black Mountain and doesn't disappoint for views.

Edward Webb
7 Saves