Top Adventures in Elk Park

  • Hike to Little Hump Mountain

    Just before reaching Yellow Gap, note a Forest Service Road to your left. This takes you to the "Barn", an old barn that has been converted into an Appalachian Trail shelter. Continue north on Overmountain Trail for another few hundred feet, and y...

    10.8 miles 2437 ft gain

  • Hike to Jones Falls

    Starting at the Appalachian Trail (AT) trailhead at US 19E, follow the AT north for 3.1 miles until you reach the intersection of the trail with Buck Mountain Rd. This section of the AT has an elevation gain of almost 1000 ft, and large sections o...

    10.6 miles 2500 ft gain

  • Swim in Elk River Falls

    The coordinates for the parking area are 36.198288, -81.970137. You'll see a parking area that's dirt/gravel on the right side of the road. At the far end of the parking lot is a sign that says Elk River Falls with an arrow pointing up the hill. F...

    0.2 miles 120 ft gain

  • Hike to Big Hump Mountain along the Appalachian Trail

    Towering over Little Hump Mountain, Big Hump Mountain offers one of the clearest views on the Appalachian Trail. Big Hump Mountain is located in the Roan Highlands North of Bradley Gap. This peak is not as traveled as other popular hikes in the ar...

    7.2 miles 2043 ft gain

  • Hike to Bradley Gap along the Appalachian Trail

    Bradley Gap rests along the Appalachian Trail overlooking North Carolina and Tennessee mountains. Part of the Roan Highlands, Bradley Gap can be accessed via Yellow Mountain Gap Trailhead. Follow the Roaring Fork Trail from the trailhead until you...

    4.6 miles 1339 ft gain

  • Hike to Grassy Ridge Bald in the Roan Highlands

    Once you've parked at Carver's Gap (5500'), the trailhead is pretty easy to find. Simply cross the highway and jump onto the Appalachian Trail, right on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. Head north on the AT as you head through the Roan ...

    5.3 miles 700 ft gain

  • Backpack the Roan Highlands (A.T.)

    The Roan highlands, possibly one of the best sections of the Appalachian Trail, is a section of grassy balds that range from 5000-6000 feet following the A.T.Start at Carvers Gap ( Highway 261 NC / Highway 143 TN) on the TN/NC border. You can eith...

    14 miles

  • Camp at Round Bald

    This super easy hike to the campsites near Round Bald is the perfect intro to backpacking for kids or newbies, but serves just as well for the more experienced backpackers who can't squeeze a longer trip in over the weekend.This short (.5 mile) hi...

  • Backpack to Overmountain Shelter 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 ...

    5.5 miles 900 ft gain

  • Hike the Profile Trail at Grandfather Mountain

    If you're looking for a challenge and hoping to escape the crowds at Grandfather Mountain, this is the hike for you. Climbing up the back side of the mountain (opposite the famed mile-high swinging bridge) this trail is fee-free and easy-to-access...

    6.2 miles 2300 ft gain

  • Hike Grandfather Mountain SP Profile Trail

    The Profile Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park can be comparable as the "Grand Canyon of the East". The trail is a rough 3.10 mile hike straight up taking an ascent of 1,775 feet. Each mile takes an avid hiker about an hour to complete. Here...

    3.1 miles 1775 ft gain

  • Hike to Janes Bald

    This journey begins at Carvers Gap, on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. At a beginning elevation of 5512 ft. you will cross the road from the parking area to the trailhead, on the Appalachian Trail, northbound. The trail climbs gentl...

    3 miles 308 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Hampton, Tennessee

      Dennis Cove Campground

      Overview Dennis Cove Campground will close for the season on Monday, October 14, 2019. Dennis Cove Campground is a secluded campground along Laurel Fork Creek at an elevation of 2,650 feet in Cart...

    • Newland, North Carolina

      Linville Falls Campground

      Overview Located in a dense pine canopy, within hiking distance of Linville Gorge and along the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Falls Campground is an ideal location for your next family campin...

    • Blue Ridge Parkway

      Julian Price Campground

      Overview Located along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway in the lush green expanses of North Carolina, the Julian Price Campground is a top destination for boating, hiking, fishing and more. Whether it...

    • Boone, North Carolina

      Boone Koa

    • 37692

      Rock Creek Recreation Area

      Overview Rock Creek Recreation Area is named for the small creek that runs alongside this recreation site. The facilities, creek-fed concrete pond and bathhouse were originally built by the Civil...

    • Burnsville, North Carolina

      Carolina Hemlocks Rec Area

      Overview Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area sits in the scenic mountains of Pisgah National Forest. This is a great place for small to medium-sized groups to swim, fish, tube, hike, camp, picnic and...

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