Deep Gap Trail Backpacking



Deep Gap Trail Fri, May 10, 2019 7:00 AM


Event Summary


Join Team Lightning for this three day, two night backpacking trip that originates in Deep Gap, North Carolina and extends on the Appalachian Trail to Winding Stair Gap on Highway 64 outside of Murphy, North Carolina.


We will leave Nashville, Tennessee at 7:00 am on Friday from a location off I-65/Demonbreun. Parking is free and is in a company lot, if you decide to ride with someone. It takes about 6 hours to get to Deep Gap, North Carolina and we will stop for lunch prior to getting on the trail.


We are estimating about a 2:00 pm EST meet time at the Deep Gap trailhead. We will park at the Deep Gap trailhead on Friday and shuttle back on Sunday to drop everyone off at their car.


This is an intermediate/strenuous trip, 25 miles + with very remote access to the trail. The group will either spend the first night at Beech Gap at about five miles or at Standing Indian Mountain Campsite depending on weather and other factors, size of group, etc. The second day will be a 14+ mile day , with the possibility of making the Rock Gap Shelter, leaving a 4 mile easy out on Sunday. Elevation chart is attached, Deep gap is at Mile 7 and Winding Stair Gap is at Mile 31. We will aim to be off the trail at 12:00 on Sunday for the drive home. On Sunday, we will eat in Murphy, North Carolina prior to the drive home.

Cost: FREE (pay your own meals, gas money for carpool - estimate $60 for weekend)

When: Friday, May 10th - Sunday, May 12th

Where: Deep Gap Trail, Burnsville North Carolina (part of the Appalacian Trail)

Age: 18+

Weather: Rain or shine. In the event of severe inclement weather, the trip leader will reach out to you with information about a cancellation or a rescheduled date.

Trip Leader: Michael Orton and Sheryl Handley