Elk River Appalachian Trail Adventure

Dennis Cove to Roan Mountain TN

March 28-31, 2020

4 days/3 Nights on the Appalachian Trail

$169.00 per person

Includes a 4-day, 3 night wilderness backpacking adventure, training/gear selection hike before the trip, a foodkit with all meals on the trail, shuttle service between trailheads, and devotionals every morning and evening. Not to mention the memories of a lifetime! 

This hike is rated moderate to strenuous


This is a 4-day, 3-night wilderness backpacking trip along 23 miles of the Appalachian Trail. We’ll start the A.T. at Dennis Cove, TN in the shadow of Roan Mountain and travel South for 4 days. We’ll be camping right on the Elk River on day 3, so bring your fishing gear!


We’ll leave Huntsville AL at 5:00 AM on Saturday, stopping for breakfast on the way, arriving at the Mountain Harbour B&B around 12:00 PM. Our shuttle will pick us up and take us back to the trailhead to begin our adventure!

Day 1 – Dennis Cove to Moreland Gap Shelter (5 Miles)
We’ll begin our hike at Dennis Cove and hike South passing through the Coon Den Falls area. Then it’s uphill on Big Nance Ridge, finally descending into the Moreland Gap Shelter area where we’ll camp overnight. 

Day 2 – Moreland Gap to Mountaineer Shelter and Falls (9 Miles)
We begin by going directly east on the ridge of the White Rock Mountains. We’ll cross Laurel Fork Creek a couple of times, stopping for lunch when we find a spot we love! Finally, we’ll descend past Slide Hollow Creek to the Mountaineer Shelter area where we’ll camp overnight.

Day 3 – Mountaineer Shelter to Elk River Flats (3 Miles)
This will be a super short day! We’ll begin the day in camp with a time for solitude and reflection. Then we’ll break camp and start hiking. We’ll travel right by the Mountaineer Falls and Shelter area, then descend into Sugar Hollow and pick our camping spot under a huge Sycamore right on the banks of the Elk River. If you’re into fishing, this will be a great day to get out the gear and catch something fresh to eat for dinner! For those looking for some extra adventure, I’ll lead you on a 2 mile dayhike out to a secret waterfall!

Day 4 – Elk River to Mountain Harbour Bed and Breakfast (6 Miles)

We’ll hike out by the Jones Branch Creek and Falls, finally turning South along Little Pine Mountain. We’ll descend into the Bear Branch Creek area, cross a footbridge, and finish our hike at the Mountain Harbour B&B where we’ll take showers, and change clothes.  

Then we’ll load up into our travel vehicles, get a well-deserved dinner at Cootie Browns, then head for home!

We should arrive back in Huntsville, AL between 7:00 and 9:00 PM on Tuesday night.

No gear, no problem! You can rent all of your backpacking equipment from us for just $100 per person. Just click the button “Registration and Gear Rental” and we’ll get you set up with all the essential gear you need for backpacking.

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