TNC §5: Dennis Cove Road (USFS 50) to US-19E

Tennessee-North Carolina §5 spans 24.7 miles. Parking is available for seven mileposts.

Mp 0.0/24.7: Dennis Cove Road [FR-50]

Locate: {36.26423, -82.12316}

Orient: Dennis Cove Road branches southeast from US-321/TN-67 in Hampton 0.8 mi east of US-19E. The AT crosses Dennis Cove Road 4.0 mi southeast of US-321/TN-67.

Park: Room for a half dozen cars in pull-off on northeast side of road.

Mp 11.1/13.6: FR-293 [Howard Harrison Rd]

Locate: {36.21748, -82.03822}

Orient: The AT crosses FR-293 at Bitter End 2.3 mi northwest of US-19E in Roan Mountain, TN, via Buck Mountain Road and Old Buck Mountain Road; see Mp 21.4/3.3, below. From US-19E at Buck Mountain Road in TN: follow Buck Mountain Road for 0.6 mi to left onto Old Buck Mountain Road; follow Old Buck Mountain Road for 1.3 mi to left onto Howard Harrison Road; continue on Howard Harrison Road becoming FR-293 (where pavement ends) for 0.2 mi to gate; if gate is open, continue on FR-293 for another 0.2 mi to AT.

Park: Room for 2–3 cars in pull-off at crossing when gate is open. Room for 2–3 cars in grass shoulder at gate when closed.

Connect: If gate is closed, walk along FR-293 for 0.2 mi to crossing. For AT northbound, turn left. For AT southbound, turn right.

Mp 14.3/10.4: Walnut Mountain Road

Locate: {36.22209, -82.00420}

Orient: Walnut Mountain Road branches off Buck Mountain Road 3.5 mi northeast of US-19E in Roan Mountain, TN; see Mp 21.4/3.3, below. From US-19E at Buck Mountain Road in TN: follow Buck Mountain Road for 3.5 mi to left onto Walnut Mountain Road; continue on Walnut Mountain Road for 1.4 mi to AT. Walnut Mountain Road becomes gravel about a mile beyond Buck Mountain Road.

Park: It looks like parking for a couple of cars is possible here.

Mp 21.1/3.6: Campbell Hollow Road

Locate: {36.20409, -81.99738}

Orient: Campbell Hollow Road branches east from Buck Mountain Road 3.7 mi northeast of US-19E in Roan Mountain, TN; see Mp 21.4/3.3, below. From US-19E at Buck Mountain Road in TN: follow Buck Mountain Road for 3.7 mi to left onto Campbell Hollow Road; continue on Campbell Hollow Road for 0.3 to AT.

Park: It's not clear if parking is possible here.

Mp 21.4/3.3: Buck Mountain Road

Locate: {36.20134, -81.99904}

Orient: Buck Mountain Road [TN-1302] branches from US-19E twice, forming an arc of sorts to the east. Its north terminus is in Roan Mountain, TN, 13.6 mi southeast of US-321/TN-67 in Hampton, or 1.3 mi southeast of Main Street in Roan Mountain. Its south terminus is in Elk Park, NC, 17.0 mi southeast of US-321/TN-67 in Hampton, or 1.3 mi northwest of Main Street in Elk Park. The AT crosses Buck Mountain Road 4.2 mi southeast of the TN terminus, or 3.9 mi northeast of the NC terminus.

Park: Looks like roadside parking for several cars might be possible near a church 100 yd southeast of the crossing, on the east side of the road.

Mp 24.5/0.2: via Bear Branch Road

Locate: {36.17810, -82.01235}

Orient: Bear Branch Road stems north from US-19E in Roan Mountain 15.9 mi southeast of US-321/TN-67 in Hampton; it is 3.6 mi southeast of Main Street in Roan Mountain, TN, and 2.5 mi northwest of Main Street in Elk Park, NC. The AT crosses Bear Branch Road 0.1 mi from the highway.

Park: Room for 6–8 cars in pull-off on north side of US-19E at Bear Branch Road, along east abutment of Bear Branch Road.

Connect: Follow Bear Branch Road for 0.1 mi to AT {36.17947, -82.01238}. Or, follow highway east for 100 yd to AT at Mp 24.7/0.0, below. For AT northbound, turn left. For AT southbound, turn right.

Note: For overnight parking, consider Mountain Harbour B&B 0.3 mi west on US-19E; fee.

Mp 24.7/0.0: US-19E

Locate: {36.17748, -82.01182}

Orient: The AT crosses US-19E in Roan Mountain 100 yd east of Bear Branch Road; see Mp 24.5/0.2, above.

Park: Room for 2–3 cars in tight pull-off on southeast side of road; look for pedestrian-crossing sign at opening in guardrail.