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The Best Backpacking in Frank

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Top backpacking spots in and near Frank

  • Newland, North Carolina

    Hike to Bradley Gap along the Appalachian Trail

    4.6 mi / 1339 ft gain
    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 intersect the Appalachian Trail (White Blaze) app...
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  • Bakersville, North Carolina

    Grassy Ridge Bald in the Roan Highlands

    5.0
    4.84 mi / 932 ft gain
    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 Mountain Balds. In the very beginning of the hike,...
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  • Bakersville, North Carolina

    Roan Highlands: Carvers Gap to US 19E via Appalachian Trail

    5.0
    15.47 mi / 2598 ft gain
    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 either leave a car at Highway 19E or arrange for a s...
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  • Bakersville, North Carolina

    Round Bald via Carver's Gap

    4.3
    1.72 mi / 338 ft gain
    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) hike in leads to a grassy opening with amazing vie...
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  • Bakersville, North Carolina

    Backpack to Overmountain Shelter in the Roan Highlands

    5.0
    5.5 mi / 900 ft gain
    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 p...
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  • Bakersville, North Carolina

    Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to Yellow Mountain Barn

    12.28 mi / 2720 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to Yellow Mountain Barn is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Bakersville, North Carolina.
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  • Roan Mountain, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: Carver's Gap to Yellow Mountain Gap

    10.59 mi / 2290 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Carver's Gap to Yellow Mountain Gap is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Roan Mountain, Tennessee.
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  • 36.1774619949846,-82.01167345047, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: 19E to Hump Mountain

    10.2 mi / 3287 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: 19E to Hump Mountain is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Roan Mountain, Tennessee.
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  • Bakersville, North Carolina

    Hiking from Carver's Gap to Hwy. 19 on the AT

    5.0
    20.7 mi
    The AT from Carver's Gap to HWY 19 is about 14.5 miles, but with side adventures, it could be roughly 20 miles. The trail crosses the road and continues up about a 400 ft. elevation gain to the first of the balds. This section of the AT is beautiful at near 6000 ft. above sea level and you will g...
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  • Newland, North Carolina

    Linville Gorge Loop

    31.56 mi / 8530 ft gain
    Linville Gorge Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Newland, North Carolina.
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  • Linville, North Carolina

    Yancey Ridge Trail

    13.88 mi / 3094 ft gain
    Yancey Ridge Trail is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Collettsville, North Carolina.
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  • Seven Devils, North Carolina

    Calloway Peak via Profile Trail

    7.11 mi / 2493 ft gain
    Calloway Peak via Profile Trail is an out-and-back trail with waterfall views located near Banner Elk, North Carolina in Grandfather Mountain State Park.
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  • Linville, North Carolina

    Harper Creek, Raider Camp, and Yellow Buck Mountain Trail Loop

    12.02 mi / 2418 ft gain
    Harper Creek, Raider Camp, and Yellow Buck Mountain Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Collettsville, North Carolina.
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  • Newland, North Carolina

    Greentown Trail

    7.53 mi / 1798 ft gain
    Greentown Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Newland, North Carolina.
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  • Morganton, North Carolina

    Hawksbill Mountain Trail

    4.9
    1.87 mi / 633 ft gain
    Hidden far above the beautiful Linville Gorge stands Hawksbill Mountain, among many other fantastic hikes. The roughly 1.7 mile hike from the dusty gravel parking lot is steep but worth every step. It took me about an hour to conquer with a few water bottle-guzzling stops. At the top, you are al...
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  • Marion, North Carolina

    Linville River

    8.48 mi / 2021 ft gain
    Linville River is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Morganton, North Carolina.
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