TNC §2: Low Gap (US-421) to Cross Mountain (TN-91)

Tennessee-North Carolina §2 spans 6.5 miles. Parking is available for two mileposts.

Mp 0.0/6.5: US-421

Locate: {36.53881, -81.94899}

Orient: The AT crosses US-421 in Low Gap at the border of Sullivan County and Johnson County 2.8 mi northwest of TN-133 in Shady Valley, TN, and 21.3 mi southeast of I-81 at exit 1 in Bristol, VA. The winding road runs east-west at the diagonal crossing, and parking is available at both ends of this diagonal. The trail is not signed. Instead, look for a green county-line sign on south side of road—either for Sullivan County via US-421 from Shady Valley or for Johnson County via US-421 from Bristol. The parking areas are obvious.

Park: Room for two-dozen cars in pull-off on north side of road. Room for a half dozen cars in pull-off on south side of road; concrete-boxed spring, picnic table.

Note: Coordinates above locate the pull-off at the southbound trailhead (§2), on the south side of the road, the smaller parking area.

Mp 6.5/0.0: TN-91

Locate: {36.48115, -81.96035}

Orient: The AT crosses TN-91 at Cross Mountain Road, next to Osborne Farm, 3.6 mi southwest of US-421 in Shady Valley and 18.3 mi northeast of US-19E in Elizabethton.

Park: Room for a dozen cars in lot on southeast corner of intersection; enter from Cross Mountain Road; kiosk. Room for an additional half dozen cars outside lot in pull-off adjacent to fence along VA-91. Room for 3–4 qualified cars in handicapped lot on northwest corner of intersection; enter from Osborne Lane.