TNC §7: Carvers Gap (TN-143/NC-261) to Hughes Gap (NC-1330)

Tennessee-North Carolina §7 spans 6.6 miles. Parking is available for three mileposts.

Mp 0.0/6.6: 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.

Mp 2.2/4.4: Roan Mountain Road [NC-1348]

Locate: {36.10391, -82.13307}

Orient: A short path connects the AT at the former site of Cloudland Hotel to Roan Mountain Road in Bakersville, NC. Roan Mountain Road branches west from TN-143/NC-261 in Carvers Gap; see Mp 0.0/6.6, above. From TN-143/NC-261: follow Roan Mountain Road for 1.7 mi to parking lot on right.

Park: Room for over 50 cars in USFS lot, with lined spaces; fee; restrooms, water. More parking is available at the lots for Rhododendron Gardens (0.2 mi) and the Roan High Bluff Trail (0.4 mi) a little farther down Gardens Road [FR-130], extending Roan Mountain Road.

Connect: From east end lot, follow blue-blazed path for 100 yd to AT (there may be two paths). For AT northbound, turn right. For AT southbound, turn left.

Note: Roan Mountain Road is closed from November through April. The gate does not block the driveway into the USFS lot on TN-143/NC-261 at Carvers Gap for Mp 0.0/6.6, above.

Mp 6.6/0.0: Hughes Gap Road

Locate: {36.13678, -82.14095}

Orient: The AT crosses Hughes Gap Road in Roan Mountain, TN, 2.9 mi from TN-143 [Roan Road] via Cove Creek Road. From TN-143 at US-19E: follow TN-143 for 5.3 mi to right onto Cove Creek Road; follow Cove Creek Road for 1.2 mi to slight right onto Hughes Gap Road; continue on Hughes Gap Road for 1.7 mi to pull-off on right, before AT crossing at TN-NC state line. (Hughes Gap Road [NC-1330] continues into NC and terminates 4.3 mi farther at NC-226 in Buladean, northwest of Bakersville.)

Park: Room for 3–5 cars in pull-off on north side of road.

Connect: Find AT west of parking area, at TN-NC state line. For AT northbound, go south from road onto footpath. For AT southbound, go north from road onto footpath.