7 TRAILS MADE FOR WEEKEND BACKPACKING TRIPS

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ROAN HIGHLANDS, TN/NC BORDER

•Distance: 14mi

•Elevation Gain: 2,000ft 

•Trail Type: End-to-end, shuttle required

Photo: Dallas Krentzel

While the northern half of the Appalachian Trail gets most of the glory, the ROAN HIGHLANDS are a highlight of the southern half and one of the most iconic sections of the entire AT. You can start at either end (heading north from Carvers Gap or south from Highway 19E) and hike over majestic, rolling balds with 360-degree views on nearly every climb and descent.

The trail is well-marked (follow the famous white blazes) and you can stay at the Overmountain Shelter, a large red barn with plenty of space for section hikers. This is a popular section hike, so hitches or shuttles are easy to come by. Leaving a car at either end is also an option.backpacking,backpacking,backpacking

Photo: La Sportiva

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