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Balsam Mountain to Cosby Knob Figure 8 loop.


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Map Key

39.9

Miles

64.3

KM

Loop

6,309' 1,923 m

High

2,924' 891 m

Low

7,563' 2,305 m

Up

7,563' 2,305 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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Features Geological Significance · Spring · Waterfall

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3 night figure 8 loop.

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Start at Palmer Creek Trail, taking it down to Pretty Hollow Gap Trail, then along Balsam Mountain Trail, stopping the first night a Laurel Gap Shelter. Next, take Balsam Mountain Trail, to the AT to Cosby Knob Shelter. For Third Day, take Low Gap Trail, to Big Creek Trail, to Camel Gap Trail, and then up Gunter Fork Trail. Spend 3rd night back at Laurel Gap Shelter, exiting via Balsam Mountain Trail, with a short road walk back to Palmer Creek Trail.

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Moe Namath

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Photos

Gunter Fork Cascade
Jan 24, 2021 near Cove Creek, NC
Just past the third creek fording down from Gunter Fork Cascade, heading toward Big Creek.
Jan 24, 2021 near Cove Creek, NC
Low Gap at sunrise. The A.T. runs horizontally across the gap.
Jan 24, 2021 near unknown, unknown
Walnut Bottom (Campsite 37)
Nov 3, 2015 near Cove Creek, NC
Gunter Fork Falls
Jan 24, 2021 near Cove Creek, NC
A typical January scene on the Tricorner Knob-Gunter Fork segment of the trail.
Jan 24, 2021 near Cove Creek, NC

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