Summary: Your hike begins at Indian Grave Gap, this is a great day hike or you may want to pitch a tent at Beauty Spot Gap or Unaka Mtn and turn this into a easy backpack. You'll ascend 1100' over the next 2.3 miles following the white blazes of the AT. Once you emerge from the new growth forest the AT empties into a open grass bald you will see a old fence bridge that once climbed over a barbed wire fence. Your blazes are now found on green fence post through the open terrain. There are 360-degree views here including Roan Mtn and Grandfather Mtn with Unaka Mtn straight ahead. There is a white blaze on a fence post to your right at the base of Beauty Spot Gap follow this back into the forest for your ascend to Unaka. This is the only strenuous part of the hike as you will dig over 1100' in just over 1.5 miles. The summit lies just ahead 1/2 mile past the rock outcrop. This is a great hike year round especially late summer when the blueberries are in bloom.
Trailhead: From Knoxville; I-40 East to I-81 then to I-26 Exit 57A(Johnson City) then to Exit 19( Main St) Erwin, left at stop sign, follow sign to 107. Turn right at stop sign 107W then left @ traffic light 395E (Rock Creek Rd) follow this road to TN/NC state line trailhead on left. (Lat:36.11088 Lon:-82.36099)
Trail Guides for AT Indian Grave Gap/Unaka Mountain:
White Blaze Fever
by Bill Schutte (Virtualbookworm.com)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: N/A
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Bobby Trotter, who has posted 74 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by HHJ on 5/8/2009
This made a great day trip May 7, 2009. Moderate to vigorous ascent crossing gravel access road several times, passing through some burned areas... Enjoyed sightings of many beautiful spring flowers, inquisitive birds, large snail shell. The view on I
Reviewed by Tommy on 2/11/2008
The view up there is wonderfull, and its a great spot to camp. But we got woke up in the middle of the night by some VERY odd activity on the gravel lot which is right there beside the grass. Some guys in a truck were up there at midnight and once they saw us they seemed to panic and run, and then came back two hours later. Scared THE HELL out of us. Other than that it was great
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