Summary: This is a great hike for a spouse or friend to drop you off at Lemon Gap and meet you in Hot Springs for a nights stay in one of the wonderful Bed & Breakfast. Your hike begins at the gap pickup the AT heading N.The trail is well blazed and maintained. Over the next mile you'll gain about 700' 1.1mi intersect with the Walnut Mt Shelter. You'll drop down to Kale Gap before climbing again to peak at Bluff Mtn at 4686'.Which offers winter views but not on this foggy day. The mass of rocks provides a great rest stop before descending to Garenflo Gap at 7.4 mi. At 10.8 mi are Gragg Gap and Deer Park Mtn. Shelter, water is to left and shelter is to the right. From here as you traverse the ridge you will see glimpses of the French Broad River and then the town of Hot Springs. When you exit the woods to the parking lot you'll follow the trail beside the road before it reaches the road.Cross the road to the sidewalk and follow this for about 3/10 mi to reach the ranger's station
Trailhead: From i-40 E Exit 432,Newport,Tn, drive E for 15.2 mi on US25/70, through Newport across French Broad River. Turn R onto Round Mtn. Rd(Tn107) at sign for Lemon gap and rattlesnake Gap. Go left at fork, indicated by a USFS camping sign. At 6.0 mi pass Round Mtn Campground on L and at 8.0 mi reach Lemon Gap.End:Hot Springs NC, USFS District Ranger Station. (Lat:35.82561 Lon:-82.93776)
Trail Guides for AT Lemon Gap/Hot Springs:
Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Georgia North Carolina Tennessee (Exploring the Appalachian Trail)
by Doris Gove (Stackpole Books)
White Blaze Fever
by Bill Schutte (Virtualbookworm.com)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: APPALACIAN/FRENCH BROAD RANGER DISTRICT 828-622-3202
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Bobby Trotter, who has posted 74 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by andrew on 9/6/2007
i hiked from lemon gap to max patch 5 times in 2 weeks. Taking your time on the trail makes it a wonderful and peaceful hike. I would and will go many more times in the future.
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