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AT Newfound Gap/Low Gap

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Highlights:

Enjoy open vista views while hiking the crest of the Appalachian Mtns
Near:Gatlinburg, TN
Scenery:
Distance:25.5 miles
Elevation Gain:2766 ft
Hike Time:12 hours
Difficulty:Moderate
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Point to Point



Summary: Your hike will begin along the most popular traveled section of the AT in the GSMNP to Charlies Bunion.First day hike of 3 mi & 1244' gain will end at Icewater Springs Shelter.Once you roll out your sleeping bag backtrack to the Blvd. Trail and dayhike to Jumpoff for great views.Day 2 will gain 4644' over the 12 mi hike to Tri-Corner Knob Shelter.Pecks Corner Shelter is halfway and will provide a good break for lunch.You will bag two peaks of 6K' at Mt. Sequoyah & Mt. Chapman.Tri-Corner was to be determined to be the most remote location in TN and you will feel it at this shelter, it maybe just you and the bears here tonight.Day 3's hike of 10.6 mi and 2030' gain will be started by climbing Mt Guyot and Old Black two more peaks of 6K' but after that just rolls up and down to Cosby Knob your last ascend before connecting to Low Gap Trail and descending into Cosby.Low Gap Trail is a wide trail that follows Cosby Creek back to the Cosby Campground to the hiker parking.
Trailhead: Start: I-40 Exit 407 follow Hwy 66 South 8 miles to 441 South to Gatlinburg; 441 South to Newfound Gap. Turn left into Newfound Gap Overlook parking.
End: I-40 East to Exit #440 Highways 321 & 32 turn right off exit ramp. Stay on Highway 32 South to Cosby Campground (Highway 321 will go to right to Gatlinburg) about two miles turn right into Cosby Campground. Park in designated hiker's parking lot on left

Your trek will start will on the A.T. at Newfound Gap with the trailhead located left of the rest rooms.
Your trek will end in the Cosby Campground at the Low Gap Trailhead.
You'll need to make reservations at Icewater Spring Shelter & Tri-Corner Knob Shelter with backcountry office: 865-436-1231 (Lat:35.5567 Lon:-83.49598)

Trail Guides for AT Newfound Gap/Low Gap:
Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Georgia North Carolina Tennessee (Exploring the Appalachian Trail)
by Doris Gove (Stackpole Books)

Day & Overnight hikes in GSMNP
by Johhny Malloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: GSMNP Headquarters 865-436-0120
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Bobby Trotter, who has posted  74 other hikes on this site
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