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The Best Backpacking in Unicoi

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Top backpacking spots in and near Unicoi

  • Unicoi, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: Beauty Spot to Unaka Mountain

    5.0
    6.35 mi / 1654 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Beauty Spot to Unaka Mountain is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Green Mountain, North Carolina.
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  • Johnson City, Tennessee

    Fork Knob, White Rock and The Noggin Loop

    5.0
    3.12 mi / 1220 ft gain
    Fork Knob, White Rock and The Noggin Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Johnson City, Tennessee.
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  • Green Mountain, North Carolina

    Appalachian Trail: Indian Grave Gap to Chestoa

    4.0
    8.05 mi / 1165 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Indian Grave Gap to Chestoa is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Unicoi, Tennessee.
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  • Green Mountain, North Carolina

    Hike to Beauty Spot Gap

    5.0
    2.13 mi / 1277 ft gain
    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, t...
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  • Unicoi, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: Iron Mountain Gap to Hughes Gap

    9.23 mi / 2037 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Iron Mountain Gap to Hughes Gap is a point-to-point trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Roan Mountain, Tennessee.
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  • Erwin, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: Nolichucky River to Indian Grave Gap

    8.05 mi / 2815 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Nolichucky River to Indian Grave Gap is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Erwin, Tennessee.
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  • Erwin, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: Nolichucky River to Iron Mountain Gap

    30.53 mi / 9334 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Nolichucky River to Iron Mountain Gap is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Unicoi, Tennessee.
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  • Burnsville, North Carolina

    Big Bald

    14.13 mi / 3448 ft gain
    Big Bald is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Burnsville, North Carolina.
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  • Hampton, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: Dennis Cove to Watauga Lake

    8.08 mi / 1955 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Dennis Cove to Watauga Lake is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Hampton, Tennessee.
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  • Hampton, Tennessee

    Laurel Falls via Appalachian Trail

    5.0
    2.43 mi / 449 ft gain
    Laurel Falls via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Hampton, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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