Appalachian Trail Histories

The Little Indian Gap Shelter was located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near what is today known as Indian Gap.

Collection: Trail Shelters

The Cosby Knob Shelter is in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is the next to last shelter northbound in the Park. It is maintained by the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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A group of hikers at Indian Gap at the end of a three-day hike, September 5, 1938. Indian Gap is the main north/south gap through the Great Smoky Mountains.

Collection: Hikers
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Albert Gordon "Dutch" Roth, Carlos Campbell, Guy Frizzell, Myron Avery (with measuring wheel), and Oliver Crowder on hike from Newfound Gap to Deals Gap. May 29-31, 1931.

Collection: Hikers

Members of the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club enjoying the big chestnut tree stop, March 5, 1932. Before the Chestnut Blight wiped out almost all American Chestnut trees in the Eastern United States, trees of this size were not uncommon along the Appalachian Trail.

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The Silers Bald Shelter, April 27, 1941. A master list of AT shelters published in the July 1939 edition of theĀ Appalachian Trailway News describes this shelter as "authorized: plans or work being proceeded with." Thus, it was built between the summer of 1939 and the spring of 1941 when this image was taken by Albert Roth. Silers Bald Shelter is located on the North Carolina side of the Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just south of Clingman's Dome, and is maintained by the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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Photograph of the Appalachian Trial between Thunderhead Mountain and Derrick Knob in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The photographer was Commodore (Cliff) Clifton Dunn and the photograph was taken in 1965.

Collection: Trail Clubs

This quaintly named point on the Appalachian Trail -- four miles northeast of Newfound Gap -- is the destination of many hiking trips in the Great Smokies. This jagged point is no more rugged than other near-by peaks along the Sawtooth section of the Great Smokies. Its extreme ruggedness, however, was exposed to view when that spot was swept by fire in 1925.

Collection: Iconic Locations
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Spence Field Trail Shelter; Appalachian Trail, North Carolina. Date unknown. Image taken by National Park Service, "Showing condition some people leave things in."

Collection: Trail Shelters

A group of day hikers at an Appalachian Trail shelter in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (1959).

Collection: Hikers

A small group of volunteer trail maintainers on the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, May 19, 1947. The Appalachian Trail is unique among America's long distance hiking trails in that it is maintained almost exclusively by groups of volunteers from the many trail clubs that take care of the Trail along its more than 2,000 mile course.

Collection: Trail Clubs