Time  6 hours 42 minutes

Coordinates 1578

Uploaded October 18, 2016

Recorded October 2016

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near Fort Harry, Tennessee (United States)

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Stage 20

⇐ Link to the previous stage: 19 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - NORTH CAROLINA - Section 2.1 - Great Smoky Mountains - Double Spring Gap Shelter to Newfound Gap
⇒ Link to the next stage: 21 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - NORTH CAROLINA - Section 1.2 - Great Smoky Mountains - From Pecks Corner Shelter to Cosby Knob Shelter

Tour of the Appalachian Trail , passing through the states of North Carolina and Tennessee (United States), in a south-north direction, through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park , which with its 2,108 square kilometers (area greater than that of the entire province of Guipúzcoa, and very similar to that of the entire province of Vizcaya, in Spain), it represents one of the most extensive protected areas in the eastern United States, and was declared by Unesco Biosphere Reserve (1976) and World Heritage Site (1983).

The Appalachian Trail travels this great National Park, along about 115 km, between the Little Tennessee River, in Fontana Dam, and Davenport, being necessary to complete this tour, from six to seven days of walking, with very few options of departure for supplies in towns near the route.

To stay overnight in the park, it is obligatory to do it in the existing refuges, with previous reservation, obtaining in advance a permit issued by the National Park Service. Camping is only allowed to the "thru hikers", also under previous permission and certain restrictions.

Today's stage is part of the Newfound Gap, at the intersection of the AT with US-441 (the only road that crosses the National Park, and which allows access to its central area from the very touristy and well-stocked town of Gatlinburg, TN , located 15 miles to the west), ending at the Pecks Corner Shelter, and corresponds to section 1.3 of the trail, according to the official distribution of stages in Georgia and North Carolina, although it is also identified in the official guidelines as section 17.3 from North Carolina and Tennessee.

This duplicity is due to the difficulty to determine through what state the Appalachian Trail runs in this border area between North Carolina and Tennessee, since most of the route through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park follows precisely the dividing line between both states, by the crest of the mountain range.

At this stage, which is one of the most beautiful of the Appalachian Trail, the AT passes, among other prominent places, the Charlies Bunion (5,500 feet), a popular rocky cliff with spectacular views of Mt. LeConte ( to the west), and towards the surrounding valleys.

TEXT AND PROVISIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS
CONTENT IN PREPARATION
Inicio del recorrido, en Newfound Gap
Sendero y vista panorámica, en la subida
Subida ancha y gradual con vistas laterales
Vista desde una pequeña cima intermedia, antes del Mt. Ambler
Intersection of the AT with the Sweat Heifer Creek Trail / Kephart Prong Trail
Sendero y vistas
Icewather Spring Shelter, a escasa distancia de la cima del Mt. Khephart
Panorámica
Charlies Bunion y panorámica
Sendero y vistas hacia North Carolina
Dry Sluice Gap. Rocky mountain view and narrowest and least crowded trail
Más espectaculares vistas
Subida bastante empinadilla
Vistas subiendo
Bonita vista hacia North Carolina
Preciosa vista hacia North Carolina, por el filo fronterizo
Roca y vistas hacia North Carolina, en la cresta
Sendero excavado en la roca, con pico y pala
Desvío al Pecks Corner Shelter
Pecks Corner Shelter

8 comments

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura Oct 19, 2016

    Hola Pablo, que bueno que nos sigas ilustrando con este magnifico sendero, ahora en esta época y con un sin fin de colores. Seguro que el disfrute es alto, ya que tu fuerza mental también lo es. Un Abrazo.

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    rutadura Oct 19, 2016

    Una passssssaaaaadaaaaaa !!!! https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/20-appalachian-trail-north-carolina-seccion-1-3-great-smoky-mountains-newfound-gap-a-pecks-corner-s-15161592#wp-15161600/photo-9430227

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    rutadura Oct 19, 2016

    Me encanta .... https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/20-appalachian-trail-north-carolina-seccion-1-3-great-smoky-mountains-newfound-gap-a-pecks-corner-s-15161592#wp-15161603/photo-9430263

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura Oct 19, 2016

    Majestuosa vista https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/20-appalachian-trail-north-carolina-seccion-1-3-great-smoky-mountains-newfound-gap-a-pecks-corner-s-15161592#wp-15161604/photo-9430316

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura Oct 19, 2016

    Un sosiego donde perderse https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/20-appalachian-trail-north-carolina-seccion-1-3-great-smoky-mountains-newfound-gap-a-pecks-corner-s-15161592#wp-15161598/photo-9430135

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    rutadura Oct 19, 2016

    Para que agobiarse ..... https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/20-appalachian-trail-north-carolina-seccion-1-3-great-smoky-mountains-newfound-gap-a-pecks-corner-s-15161592#wp-15161612/photo-9430168

  • Photo of Pablo de Gárate

    Pablo de Gárate Oct 19, 2016

    Muchísimas gracias.
    Tu apoyo y el de otros montañeros que de vez en cuando me escriben, es un gran aliciente para avanzar esta pequeña/gran aventura.
    Precisamente, este próximo fin de semana, espero poder terminar las últimas etapas en el estado de Vermont (otro estado más que terminamos, .... y van 9, de los 14 estados que atraviesa el sendero), y a la marcha de dos días se ha apuntado también otro montañero español que nos conoció a través de wikiloc, y que se ha animado a aprovechar su visita a Nueva York para recorrer juntos estos últimos 40 km. del Appalachian Trail en Vermont.
    Un gran abrazo.

  • Photo of RODRIGO 1

    RODRIGO 1 Jan 10, 2017

    Hola Pablo, muchas gracias por compartir tan estupenda aventura. Estoy preparando un sector de la ruta, no pretendo hacerla entera ni mucho menos, sólo unos 600 km, y me gustaría poder comunicar contigo para resolver algunas dudas, si no es abusar de tu amabilidad. Estoy preparándolo todo para el próximo mes de Julio 2017.

    Gracias otra vez y un fuerte abrazo,

    Rodrigo.

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