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Mt. Cammerer from Low Gap

 4.7 (23)

Length


10.8 Miles 17.4 Kilometers


2,887' 880 m

Ascent

-2,886' -880 m

Descent

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

5,005' 1,525 m

High

2,335' 712 m

Low

Shared By Christine Esswein

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

Christine Esswein

Dogs No Dogs

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views

Overview

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.

Description

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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Oct 7, 2018
Angela Newman
Doesn't account for ~30 min at outlook. Beautiful views, the elevation gain was worth it! 11.2mi
Aug 11, 2018
Adam Socha
12.3mi — 4h 40m
Jun 30, 2018
Daniel Foster
12mi
Jun 2, 2018
Kimberly Napier
Jun 1, 2018
Kimberly Napier
Hike with Jamie. Begin time 8:25
May 26, 2018
Keith Storsin
Long hike but very rewarding. 11mi
May 21, 2018
Alex Colucy
11mi
May 19, 2018
Ralen Toledo
very fun. beautiful

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