Stecoah Gap: A Heavenly Haven on the AT

Stecoah Gap's picnic area is magnificent. (Photo: Robert Sutherland)

Getting to Stecoah Gap is simple.

Hop in your car. Put the transmission into a low gear. Put the gas pedal to the floor and drive uphill for about seven miles northward from Robbinsville, North Carolina.

Hiking to there or from there on the Appalachian Trail is a bit more difficult, but the trek is worthwhile, if you're in decent shape.

To the north is Fontana Lake, and Fontana Dam -- made famous in the movie, The Fugitive, back in 1993.

The Nantahala Outdoor Center beckons you to travel southward for dinner on the river, tubing, shopping and relaxing in a perky little paradise.

Stop for a meal. Practice a bit of Trail Magic. Pause on a thru-hike ... or make it part of a day-hike ... but spend a few moments of your busy life at Stecoah Gap.

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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