Backpacker Magazine Appalachian Trail: Sams Gap to Spivey Gap 

Top-of-the-world vistas, fields of wildflowers and sun-dappled hardwood forests are nothing compared to David Greer, an insane murderer who once lived on Bald Mountain from 1802 to 1834.


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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 16 Jan 2008 11:27:52 PM
Activity: Backpacking
State: North Carolina (NC)
Distance: 12.16 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 3920 ft
Total Loss: 4490 ft
Net Change: -570 ft
Difficulty: 6 / 10
Tags: Appalachian Trail, AT hikes in North Carolina, AT hikes in Tennessee, AT in Cherokee NF, AT in Pisgah NF, Burnsville, Cherokee National Forest, North Carolina, Pisgah National Forest, Tennessee
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Shelters: Bald Mountain Shelter: sleeps 10; privy.

TO TRAILHEAD: Start: From Rice Bend, TN, take US 23 S for 2.5 miles to trail (I-26 overpass).

End: From Flag Pond, TN, head northwest on TN 23. In .6 mi. make a slight right onto Tilson Mountain Rd. Continue 4.4 miles and make a sharp right at US 19W. Trail intersects road in 6.2 miles.

Position Format: Datum:
Tracks

070804T

Distance: 12.16 mi Points: 265
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Points of Interest

WPT001

Location: 36.000160, -82.478249
Bald Mtn. Shelter

WPT002

Location: 35.999668, -82.478813
Trail to shelter

WPT003

Location: 35.998299, -82.482513
Old jeep road

WPT004

Location: 35.995850, -82.483330
Bald

WPT005

Location: 35.995182, -82.483749
Pass a stone fireplace 20 ft. to the W, hidden in trees

WPT006

Location: 35.991634, -82.487434
Big Stamp. AT continues straight; jct. with jeep road that leads W .3 mi. to a campsite

WPT007

Location: 35.991432, -82.487717
Blue-blazed trail to E; gravel road

WPT008

Location: 35.991051, -82.490280
Jeep road

WPT009

Location: 35.997551, -82.482452
Bald; N boundary

WPT010

Location: 35.989784, -82.490280
Big Bald (5,516 ft.). Gravel road; parking; 360-degree views

WPT011

Location: 35.990501, -82.493202
Bald; S boundary

WPT012

Location: 35.990616, -82.493515
Yellow-blazed trail leads W

WPT012

Location: 36.031853, -82.420441
Stream crossing

WPT013

Location: 36.031734, -82.420517
Trail to campsite (room for 6+ tents)

WPT013

Location: 35.988766, -82.494118
Spring

WPT014

Location: 35.986450, -82.494980
AT turns W @ jct. with blue-blazed trail to the E. Bad weather route

WPT014

Location: 36.031467, -82.421204
Campsite (room for 4 tents); parking

WPT015

Location: 35.986485, -82.495018
Underground powerline; side trail to the E

WPT015

Location: 36.027233, -82.423370
Rock Stairs

WPT016

Location: 35.976868, -82.513550
Spring

WPT016

Location: 36.026550, -82.425087
Stream crossing

WPT017

Location: 36.026165, -82.425316
Small stream crossing

WPT017

Location: 35.975285, -82.519630
Blue-blazed trail to the E

WPT018

Location: 36.023033, -82.428864
High Rocks, a 40-ft. vertical rock slab; lots of trees. Blue-blazed trail goes to the top

WPT018

Location: 35.974365, -82.521767
Side trail to the E; gap

WPT019

Location: 36.022533, -82.428917
Blue-blazed trail to top of High Rocks

WPT019

Location: 35.972767, -82.523270
Low Gap. Side trail leads W to campsite (room for 4 tents); parking

WPT020

Location: 35.969532, -82.536247
Powerline

WPT020

Location: 36.022949, -82.428665
High Rocks

WPT021

Location: 36.018616, -82.436920
Campsite (room for 6 tents); blue-blazed trail leads W 100 ft. to water; Whistling Gap

WPT021

Location: 35.969131, -82.539749
Views of valley to the NNE

WPT022

Location: 36.010601, -82.450302
Campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT022

Location: 35.968899, -82.540169
Street Gap; gravel road; parking

WPT023

Location: 35.967400, -82.541985
Old jeep road; field to the W

WPT023

Location: 36.007885, -82.460648
Little Bald

WPT024

Location: 35.966618, -82.542198
Field (N boundary)

WPT024

Location: 36.000134, -82.473984
Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT025

Location: 35.999985, -82.474350
Side trail leads W to water

WPT025

Location: 35.965332, -82.544983
Field (S boundary)

WPT026

Location: 35.965183, -82.545181
Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT026

Location: 35.999817, -82.475967
Small stream crossing

WPT027

Location: 35.961983, -82.550537
2 side trails to the W; AT turns E

WPT028

Location: 35.955917, -82.554634
Spring

WPT029

Location: 35.952015, -82.556686
Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT030

Location: 35.952282, -82.559830
Gate

WPT031

Location: 35.952732, -82.560783
AT turns W; gate; parking; US 23

ZZZ020

Location: 35.953434, -82.561333
I-26; Sams Gap

ZZZ021

Location: 36.032120, -82.420265
Spivey Gap; US 19 W

IMG_2301

Location: 36.005135, -82.466484

IMG_2369

Location: 35.993916, -82.484032

IMG_2273

Location: 36.011967, -82.450531

IMG_2443

Location: 35.991798, -82.487068

IMG_2454

Location: 35.989799, -82.490303

IMG_2436

Location: 35.991798, -82.487068

The view from Big Bald

Location: 35.989799, -82.490303
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