Cable Gap

Location: Western North Carolina
Trip Starts: Yellow Creek Gap
Trip Ends: Fontana Dam
Total Distance: 8.2 miles
Hike Type: One-Way, Shuttle Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Trails Used: Appalachian Trail
Trail Traffic: Heavy
Trip Type: Day or Overnight Hike
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Nantahala National Forest
Wayah Ranger District
Franklin, NC 28734


The Appalachian Trail descends into Cable Gap from Yellow Creek Gap (2,980 feet) and climbs over High Top (3,786 feet), the highest point in the Yellow Creek Range. The route eventually makes its way to Fontana Village and the Fontana Dam, a 200 feet high structure that backs up the Little Tennessee River for six miles.

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