Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to Roan Mountain

Bakersville, North Carolina

based on 2 reviews



6.98 miles

Elevation Gain

1204 ft

Route Type



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Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to Roan Mountain is an out-and-back trail near Bakersville, North Carolina. This trail is not too crowded, so don't be surprised if you're the only one taking in the view. Keep in mind the 1200+ foot climb along this trail if you're accustomed to hiking a longer distance with elevation gain. 

Dogs are permitted on this trail on-leash. 

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Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to Roan Mountain Reviews

This is one of my favorite hikes in this area. It is about a mile and a half to the first bald that has amazing views. That part of the hike is not hard at all and you could easily stop there and be satisfied. The trail continues past that though to several more balds that present even more beautiful views. There are a few steep portions on the hike, but overall it is not a very difficult hike. Worth every time I’ve been there.

Hands down this is one of the most beautiful places on earth. This section of the Appalachian Trail leads to balds with lush green grass in the summertime that overlooks miles and miles of blue ridge mountains in all directions. The trail is well maintained. There is a small incline to get to the first bald, then there are sections with a higher incline the further you go. On the first bald there is ample space to roam around and explore (and run around singing “Sound of Music). There are some sections of trees hammocks can be placed in. There are also places to camp and have fires. Generally, there is not usually much wildlife. If you go early summer you can see the blooming Rhododendron and later summer you can forage for some wild blueberries. This is a place everyone should try to visit.

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