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Hike to Beauty Spot Gap

Green Mountain, North Carolina

based on 3 reviews



2.13 miles

Elevation Gain

1277 ft

Route Type



Added by Merritt McKinney

Beauty Spot Gap sits atop Cherokee National Forest and offers stunning panoramic landscapes of the surrounding North Carolina and Tennessee mountains. The view from here simply speaks for itself.

Beauty Spot Gap is located on the Appalachian Trail on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. The bald offers a panoramic view of Cherokee National Forest and the city of Erwin. This is a popular destination for hikers of the AT to set up camp and watch the sunset.

From the Tennessee side, take Rock Creek Road until you meet the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. There will be a pull-off for parking and the trail head will be clearly visible. During the summer months, the gate will be unlocked and, with four-wheel drive, it is possible to drive to Beauty Spot Gap. Continue up the gravel road on the same side as the trailhead for 2 miles and bear right at the fork. There will be a parking circle where you can then walk directly to the bald. 

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking

Hike to Beauty Spot Gap Reviews

This is a really nice trail that is easy to follow and leads to beautiful views. The trail through the Beauty Spot winds along a clear grassy field. There are wildflowers and pretty plants growing in the field. There is plenty of open space to camp or have a picnic.

This is the perfect time of year for the Beauty Spot!

Hiked from Beauty Spot to the top of Unaka Mountain yesterday. The hike to top was challenging but the nice Christmas tree at the top was a nice addition. Bring your favorite ornament to add!

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