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Appalachian Trail In NC
Buck Gap to
Devils Tater Patch, Russell Field
Appalachian Trail GPS Tracks
Get the complete GPS Tracks for the AT in Great Smoky Mountains National Park for ONLY $1.97! This .gpx file includes waypoints for all trail shelters along this 72 mile stretch of trail and many AT parking areas. Use the BUY NOW button below and we'll send you the file via e-mail! Happy Hiking!
NOTE: Some trail relocation may have occurred, which may not be reflected with our GPS Tracks. The tracks are very close to the current trail.
This 9.1 mile section of the Appalachian Trail features Devils Tater Patch, Russell Field, 5070 foot Mount Squires and Spence Field. There are three shelters along this stretch of the trail. Spence Field is the largest grassy bald in the Smokies. There are views toward Cades Cove from Russell Field.
The section begins at the junction of the Gregory Bald Trail at Buck Gap and the trail immediately reaches 4520 foot Doe Knob. The trail descends until reaching 3842 foot Ekaneetlee Gap at 1.4 miles. The trail now climbs and reaches Mollies Ridge Shelter at 3.1 miles.
Mollies Ridge Shelter
This shelter was originally built in 1961 and was renovated in 2003. The shelter sleeps twelve and there is no privy. Legend is the area was named for a Cherokee maiden who froze to death looking for a lost hunter. Her ghost still haunts the ridge.
The trail continues to climb and reaches 4775 foot Devils Tater Patch at 3.4 miles. The trail drops briefly before rising again and the begins a long descent, reaching 4067 foot Little Abrams Gap at 4.8 miles. Next is 4065 foot Big Abrams Gap at 5.1 miles.
Russell Field Shelter
The trail now climbs toward Russell Field Shelter, reaching the shelter at 6.3 miles. The shelter was built in 1961 and sleeps 14 with no privy. This section of the trail is popular with horseback riders and you may encounter a few riders at the shelter. A short walk along the Russell Field Trail is an open, grassy area with views into Cades Cove. The Russell Gregory family grazed cattle here in the 1800s.
The trail now climbs steadily toward 5070 foot Mount Squires. The AT skirts the summit at 8.4 miles and 5047 feet. The trail reaches the side trail that leads 0.2 miles to Spence Field Shelter at 9.1 miles and the end of this section. There are azaleas, blueberries and open views to the north of the shelter.
Spence Field Shelter
The shelter was built in 1963 and renovated in 2005. The shelter sleeps 12 with a privy. This shelter is very popular with horseback riders. The shelter is also frequently visited by bears. James Spence cleared 100 acres here in the 1830s for cattle grazing.
We offer the full GPS tracks of the 72 mile section of the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountain National Park for only $1.97 via a .gpx file. This file also includes waypoints for the shelters located along the trail as well as parking areas. A great tool to keep you on the trail or to make your own maps!
We recommend purchasing any of the following books for those looking for more information on hiking the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountain National Park:
Appalachian Trail Guide to Tennessee-North Carolina: 13th Edition
Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Georgia North Carolina Tennessee
Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Best Easy Day Hikes Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Hiking Trails of the Smokies
Trails Illustrated Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Trails Illustrated Great Smoky Mountains National Park Explorer
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