Roan Mountain: Carver's Gap to 19E via AT
This is a difficult one way trail in Cherokee National Forest. It begins at Carver's Gap and follows the ridge lines and high mountain bales with stunning, 360º views. The trail crosses Round Bald, Little Hump, and Big Hump Mountains, but don't miss the short side hike to Grassy Ridge Bald as well. The hike ends in a miles-long descent to where the AT crosses highway 19E, conveniently near the Mountain Harbor Hostel.
Consider driving to the Mountain Harbor Hostel in the morning for a delicious breakfast, and catch their shuttle to the trailhead at Carver's Gap. You can then hike your own pace back to your car.
Some difficult terrain and lack of bailout points make this full hike not recommended for young children. There are many picnic and casual hike options available from Carver's Gap that would be great for kids.
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