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Mt. Cammerer from Low Gap

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10.8 mile 17.4 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 2,848' 868 m
Descent: -2,847' -868 m
High: 4,999' 1,524 m
Low: 2,338' 712 m


Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)


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A wooded trail with a 360-degree view payoff on top of the mountain.

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Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views


A wooded ascent via the Low Gap Trail and Appalachian Trail (AT) will lead visitors to the 360-degree view atop the Mt Cammerer at the fire lookout tower. The mountain sits on the Tennessee and North Carolina border.


This route begins with three miles of the Low Gap Trail before connecting with the Appalachian Trail (AT). The Low Gap Trail section has the most elevation gain and a couple of easy streams to cross as it follows the side of the mountain. There are multiple cutbacks as you wind your way up to the Appalachian Trail (AT) which offer some nice views of the area through the trees.

There is a small clearing at the Appalachian Trail (AT) junction and few large rocks which make a great resting spot. Once you start along the Appalachian Trail (AT) there is less elevation gain along the top ridge of the mountain. The trail is wooded and sometimes tunnel like until you reach the summit. There is some scrambling at the peak to climb to the lookout tower.

This trail can also be done on horseback, and there is a tie up for the horses right before going out to the outcropping where the tower is.

The summit of Mt. Cammerer sits on the edge of a rocky outcropping overlooking the Pigeon River Gorge at almost 5,000 feet.

History & Background

The octagonal fire lookout at the summit of Mt. Cammerer was built in the late 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corp.

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Jun 20, 2019
Skylar Martino
May 27, 2019
Thomas Mcadorey
first visit 10.8mi — 10h 00m
Mar 13, 2019
Colt Colt
Mar 7, 2019
Seth Killingsworth
5h 42m
Nov 4, 2018
Paul Warner
Beautiful fall hike.
Oct 30, 2018
Allison Park
Amazing weather and trail condition for this hike! Beautiful views, and absolutely worth the work to get up (and back down) again! 11mi
Oct 27, 2018
Melissa Maddux
Oct 7, 2018
Angela Newman
Doesn't account for ~30 min at outlook. Beautiful views, the elevation gain was worth it! 11.2mi

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Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower - located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the Appalachian Trail. For a day hike, start at Cosby Campground and take Lower Gap Trail ( about 11.1 miles r/t).
Mar 30, 2016 near Newport, TN
This was taken from the rocks on the left just before reaching the fire tower! Incredible views!
Oct 10, 2016 near Newport, TN
Mount Cammerer Lookout Tower quite literally puts you amidst the clouds.
Apr 3, 2017 near Newport, TN
A beautiful view from Mount Cammerer Fire Tower late summer August 2016!
Aug 29, 2016 near Newport, TN
Under the canopy.
Jul 29, 2016 near Newport, TN
The Low Gap Trail is smooth, yet steep through this section.
Mar 14, 2017 near Newport, TN


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