TNC §6: US-19E to Carvers Gap (TN-143/NC-261)

Tennessee-North Carolina §6 spans 14.8 miles. Parking is available for three mileposts.

Mp 0.0/14.8: 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.

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 highway east for 100 yd to AT. 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 0.0/14.8: 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 0.0/14.8, 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.

Mp 9.2/5.6: via Overmountain Victory Trail

Locate: {36.11703, -82.04890}

Orient: A short segment of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVT) connects the AT at Yellow Mountain Gap to Roaring Creek Road. Roaring Creek Road branches north from US-19E in Newland, NC, 9.3 south of Main Street in Elk Park, NC, and 15.9 mi northeast of NC-226. There is no street sign for Roaring Creek Road; instead, look for historical marker ("Yellow Mountain Road") or sign to Roaring Creek Church instead. From US-19E: follow Roaring Creek Road north for 4.7 mi to parking area on left, near gate at road's end; the last mile or so is gravel.

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

Connect: Follow Overmountain National Trail (USFS #308) for 0.8 mi to AT {36.12579, -82.05136}. This segment of the OVT is not actively maintained, and the white-diamond blazes of the OVT are faded or missing as well. As an alternative, follow the service extension of Roaring Creek Road beyond gate for about 0.5 mi to Overland Shelter, then pick-up blue-blazed trail for 0.3 mi to AT. For AT northbound, turn right. For AT southbound, turn left.

Mp 14.8/0.0: TN-143/NC-261

Locate: {36.10627, -82.11023}

Orient: The AT crosses TN-143/NC-261 in Carvers Gap at the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. North of the border, the road is TN-143; south of the border, it is NC-261. The crossing is 12.6 mi southwest of the TN-143 terminus at US-19E in Roan Mountain, TN, and 12.8 mi northeast of the NC-261 terminus at NC-226 in Bakersville, NC.

Park: A large parking area is on the west side of TN-143/NC-261 at the highway's intersection with Roan Mountain Road [NC-1348], branching west from highway. Room for 3–4 dozen cars together in USFS lot; along shoulder of TN-143/NC-261; and along south shoulder of Roan Mountain Road. The parking area is signed for Carvers Gap (Pisgah/Cherokee National Forest). Enter lot from Roan Mountain Road; kiosk, vault toilet.