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Welcome to North Carolina

You can begin or end your hike at hundreds of places between the Appalachian Trail's northern and southern ends. Here's what to expect in North Carolina. 

A.T. Miles in State
​RATING: 1-7
Easy to Challenging
Elevation Range in Feet

North Carolina and Tennessee Border AT Trail

cool to know

There are 131 miles of the A.T. in North Carolina, but the Trail runs along the Tennessee/North Carolina border for 160 additional miles.
As the A.T. ascends to the High Country of the state line, hikers traverse the highest mountains along the Trail, including several above 6,000 feet. 

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need to know

You’ll need an advance permit for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and depending on the length of your hike, shelter reservations as well.
All backpackers are required to stay at designated sites.

elevation map north to south

North Carolina Elevation Map

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