TNC §3: Cross Mountain (TN-91) to Wilbur Dam Road

Tennessee-North Carolina §3 spans 16.1 miles. Parking is available for two mileposts.

Mp 0.0/16.1: TN-91

Locate: {36.48132, -81.96051}

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

Park: Room for a dozen or more cars in lot on south side of road; enter from Cross Mountain Road; kiosk.

Mp 16.1/0.0: Wilbur Dam Road

Locate: {36.32902, -82.11161}

Orient: The AT crosses Wilbur Dam Road in Elizabethton 9.2 mi southeast of US-19E at US 91. From US-19E: follow TN-91 N for 3.0 mi to right onto Blue Springs Road; follow Blue Springs Road for 0.9 mi straight onto Steel Bridge Road; follow Steel Bridge Road for 0.9 mi straight onto Wilbur Damn Road, at bridge over Watauga River; continue on Wilbur Damn Road for 4.4 mi to pull-off on left.

Park: Room for a half dozen cars in pull-off on east side of road. The AT coincides with the road for about 100 ft. The parking area is at the south end of this segment, where the northbound footpath meets the road.

Note: The Watauga Dam visitors center is 0.8 mi farther south along Wilbur Dam Road; restrooms, water, picnic tables.