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    TKLP Correct. The original Mingus Mill and...

    TKLP

    Correct. The original Mingus Mill and BRP route re-opened late last year.

    I am sectioning and day hiking the MST myself.
  2. Double Springs Gap has a small spring from what I...

    Double Springs Gap has a small spring from what I remember. The area is rolling ridgeline.

    Just south of McQueens Gap is the retired McQueens Gap shelter. Ab Gap Shelter is just north of the...
  3. The Carolina Mtn Club site should be fairly...

    The Carolina Mtn Club site should be fairly reliable intell. They are the AT club from the Smokies to almost Erwin. And they sponsor and plot out guidelines for the SB6K challenge of summiting all...
  4. Here is the SouthBeyond 6000 peaks for the...

    Here is the SouthBeyond 6000 peaks for the Smokies.

    https://www.carolinamountainclub.org/index.cfm/do/pages.view/id/134/page/SB6K-Smokies

    Summit Post description...
  5. Bald Mtn Range - Rich Mtn Firetower above Hot...

    Bald Mtn Range -
    Rich Mtn Firetower above Hot Springs
    Side trails to Jones Meadows and Blackstack Cliffs
    Be sure to follow the exposed trail
    Not sure how the trail goes now between Big Butt and...
  6. FYI - The route leading out of the Smokies has...

    FYI - The route leading out of the Smokies has reverted back to its original route in the last year. The MST leaves the Smokies at Mingus Mill and routes to the Parkway.

    Whats your endpoint...
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    ***UPDATE*** - Watauga Lake Shelter has been...

    ***UPDATE*** - Watauga Lake Shelter has been officially retired.

    I just received word from my maintainer contacts that the shelter was dismantled on May 1st as the bear activity around Watauga...
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    I would not be spreading details like this unless...

    I would not be spreading details like this unless the events were witnessed first hand.

    If the hikers that packed up and left actually saw drug use take place or were threatened or saw some...
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    Trevor Thomas aka Zero Zero is blind and a...

    Trevor Thomas aka Zero Zero is blind and a multi-trail thru hiker.
  10. Rice Gap has no official road access. All it is...

    Rice Gap has no official road access. All it is an old rough logging or forest road at the end of Rice Creek Road. I am not familiar if there is any private property crossings to get to the AT. I...
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    Don't park at the bridge overnight. Known...

    Don't park at the bridge overnight. Known vandalism spot. Utilize Standing Bear Hostel on the other side of I40. They should have suggested shuttle providers to Fontana.
  12. Pal's Sudden Service - Erwin Stackhouse...

    Pal's Sudden Service - Erwin
    Stackhouse Restaurant - Mars Hill (Sam's Gap)
    Bob's Dairyland - Roan Mtn
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    Nope. Assume nothing about trail towns. You...

    Nope.

    Assume nothing about trail towns. You would be lucky if the town has a Dollar General or gas station with enough supplies for another 3 days.

    When in Erwin, don't eat at McDonalds. ...
  14. There is actually detailed instructions in the...

    There is actually detailed instructions in the ATC trail guide on how to cathole or dispose of waste; even in more rugid areas. Depending on the soil and rockiness around the shelter, there may only...
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    Bald Mtn Shelter is open. Something tells me...

    Bald Mtn Shelter is open. Something tells me someone was playing around with Google Maps and listed it as closed. There may have been a prescribed burn that closed it for a day or two. CMC

    The...
  16. Check the hiker services within the MST...

    Check the hiker services within the MST trailguide for the section. They may refer you to someone.
  17. I have no sources around that area. You may want...

    I have no sources around that area. You may want to check Uber/Lyft. Many MST hikers and trail angels are heading to Topsail next week for the annual meeting. Availability may be hard.

    Check...
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    Only if you count getting your soles of your...

    Only if you count getting your soles of your shoes wet. The south is pretty easy as creek crossings.

    Now if you want to try something other than the AT like Linville Gorge or Wilsons Creek areas...
  19. No big relos that would require updated maps. ...

    No big relos that would require updated maps.

    Never heard of Laurel Hostel. But they have some sort of FB page. I know of some couple trail angels that offer their guest rooms to hikers in that...
  20. Here you go....

    Here you go.
    https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7013339/virginia-creeper-national-recreation-trail

    The Creeper is in bold green, and the AT and Iron...other trails in blue.

    The AT winds up...
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    For the rest of TN into VA, you have US19E which...

    For the rest of TN into VA, you have US19E which is about 5 drive to a Dollar General; 10 minute drive into the small town of Roan Mtn.
    Then take blue blaze at Laurel Fork Gorge into Hampton....
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    GA to Mt Rogers area is awesome.

    GA to Mt Rogers area is awesome.
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    If you have a need to jump off and head home...

    If you have a need to jump off and head home quick, you probably want to go Harpers Ferry to New Jersey. I haven't really visited anything north of Harpers Ferry.

    In the south, you have towns...
  24. Hard to say with a 5 year old. If you are at...

    Hard to say with a 5 year old. If you are at Clingmans, you can walk up to Clingmans and then back south to Andrews Bald. IF you are at Newfound, then walk the AT to Charles Bunion and out.

    The...
  25. The Barn Long valley views, old barn converted...

    The Barn
    Long valley views, old barn converted shelter, view Yellow Mtn Bald, on-site privy, large sleeping areas, lots of camping, .5 to nearest trailhead, a bit drafty, mice, idiots poop around...
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