Rock Gap

Location: Western North Carolina
Trip Starts: Rock Gap
Trip Ends: Rock Gap
Total Distance: 0.3 mile
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Trails Used: Appalachian Trail
Trail Traffic: Light
Trip Type: Day or Overnight Hike
More Information:

Nantahala National Forest
Wayah Ranger District
Franklin, NC 28734


The Nantahala National Forest is the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina and is the the second wettest region in the country – after the Pacific Northwest. The word “Nantahala” is a Cherokee word meaning “Land of the Noonday Sun.” In some spots, the sun only reaches the floors of the deep gorges in the middle of the day. The National Forest has 531,270 acres with elevation ranging from 5,800 feet at Lone Bald in Jackson County to 1,200 feet in Cherokee County along the Hiwassee River.

This is a short hike on the Appalachian Trail near Wallace Gap and old US 64. The trailhead is only a short distance from Rock Gap which is located just down the road from Wallace Gap and on the way to the Standing Indian Campground. After a brief hike, double blue blazes mark Rock Gap Shelter which is a small structure that sleeps 8 hikers with a recently remodeled patio complete with picnic table and fire pit. A privy and a spring are located within a short distance of the shelter.

GPS Coordinates:

Speak Your Mind