Friday, December 27, 2019

Newfound Gap

Trailhead Elevation: 5,045 ft.
Distance: 1.11 mi. (my Forerunner 230)
Elevation Gain: 305 ft. (my GPS)
Start Time: 8:42am
End Time: 9:09am

Trip Report:
A simple hike today. We're in the midst of a long drive from Michigan down to Florida to visit family over the Christmas holiday. When I was planning out the driving route I saw the option to drive through the Great Smoky mountains was only slightly further. This seemed like a good choice for the way down. I then began to look for hiking options that we could make a quick strike with. Newfound Gap was the obvious choice. We could start up from the road and not leave our primary route for very long. The fact that the Appalachian Trail passed through here also helped.

We stayed in Gatlinburg last night and first thing this morning we made the lovely drive up to Newfound Gap. The weather was amazingly cooperative with temps around 40 at the Gap and no signs of snow. We did a simple out and back hike along the A.T. heading to the northeast. We turned around where the trail has turned north and hit the Tennessee border again. Quite a few other tourists were also out getting on their morning stroll. My older two sons joined me for this one.

From the parking lot at Newfound Gap

From the parking lot at Newfound Gap


I have a track and waypoints from the hike all contained in a KML file that you are welcome to download and use (at your own risk).  

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