Hiking the Appalachain Trail from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E.

May 02, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Last weekend we went to North Carolina/Tennessee to hike a really pretty section of the Appalachian Trail.  The section in between Carvers Gap and Highway 19E has multiple pretty balds that allow a hiker some pretty awesome views.  We didn't have the best weather, but it didn't rain on us, so we had that going for us.  

Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. We were going to split up the hike into two days, but since it was set to rain pretty hard on Sunday, we opted to hike the entire 15 mile section in one day.  This wasn't an incredible feat, but wore me out for sure!  Carrying a D750+28-300+20mm+tripod was pretty rough!(especially considering I didn't use the 20mm or the tripod).

Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee.

I tailed behind for pretty much the entire trip, just shooting away and hurrying to catch up when I fell behind.

Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Up high on the balds, very little spring color had come out.  But just a little lower in elevation, the blooms were really starting to take over! Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. The pretty section below is very near the 2nd AT shelter.  It's a big barn that can house lots of tired hikers.  Once you get up out of the trees a bit, you get a nice view of it and the surrounding mountains(just a few photos down)

Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. We took a break at the top of the hill, where I shot these stark looking trees against a cloudy sky.

Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. At the top of the mountain we were on, we could see a mountain in the distance, and we weren't sure if our trail was gonna take us over it or not...

Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. Well, sure enough, we were going over it!  This is hump mountain.  Below, you can see Lori(middle) holding on to her hat.  The wind was really powerful!

Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. You can see two hikers that were ahead of us making the climb up Hump Mountain. Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee.

It really was daunting, but it wasn't as hard as it looked.  It was pretty gradual, just looooong. Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. I was really enjoying the views looking back down Hump Mountain.  I kept falling farther and farther behind the group though, so I kept double timing it to catch up! Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. How cool it would be to have a house in the mountians... Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. Towards the top of Hump Mountain, there are some rock outcroppings that make a nice foreground. Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. ...as well as patches of little wildflowers.
Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. Here is Lori taking a breather in front of a really nice view. Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. Hike over this little fence and you are about to start heading downhill again.  This is looking back on what we had hiked. Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. The hikers in front of us were keeping a pretty good pace!  They had huge packs on and we didn't catch up to them. Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. Coming down Hump Mountain, everyone's spirits were high(unfortunately we had like 5 more miles of downhill left) Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. The views up on Hump Mountain and other balds in the Roan Mountain area are incredible.  My camera does very little in showing how great it is. Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. This is the Doll Flats area right before you cross back into Tennessee.  This is the last photo I took.  We were all exhausted and had the Pedalin' Pig for dinner(it was great!)
Roan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailRoan Mountain Section of Appalachian TrailHiking from Carvers Gap to Highway 19E on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. Thanks for looking!


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