AT Hike - TN 91 to Watauga Dam Road

DATE: Aug 21, 2018 Tuesday
END DATE: Aug 21, 2018 Tuesday

Trip/Event Location: Watauga Dam Visitor Center TN

Trip Leader(s)

Jacksonville, FL United States

Meeting Time: 8:00 AM

Max # People: 8

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level:

Moderate to Strenuous

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Region: South Atlantic

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This is a long day hike that begins at a parking area about 0.4 miles from the AT. 


There is a gain of about 500 feet in the first 2.5 miles of the hike. Then it begins a long ridge run for the next 10.5 miles on Iron Mountain. Then a 3 mile descent of about 1400 feet begins, and ends at Watauga Dam Road.


At about 3 miles into the hike we will come across a monument to Nick Grandstaff, a hermit that lived on Iron Mountain for about 45 years.


There are two shelters on this hike, Good places to rest and have lunch.


Plan to be on the trail for 10 hours on this hike.


We will be leaving the meeting place for the trailheads a 8:00 AM sharp.


Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

The meeting place for this hike will be the Damascus Diner.


The Damascus Diner is located at:

109 South Shady Ave.

Damascus, Virginia 24236

Telephone number is (276) 475-5454.


The Damascus Diner opens at 7:00 AM.


We will be leaving the Damacus Diner for the trailheads at 8:00 AM sharp. Please do not be late.


Trip Leader


Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Jacksonville, FL

United States

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Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate

Hickory, NC

United States
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