Trail Broken down into sections through NC:
Section 3 - Georgia/North Carolina
Winding Stair Gap to Fontana Dam
Section 4 - North Carolina
Fontana Dam to Newfound Gap
Section 5 - Great Smoky Mtns Natl Park
Newfound Gap to Davenport Gap
Section 6 - Great Smoky Mtns Natl Park
Davenport Gap to French Broad River
Section 7 - North Carolina/Tennessee
French Broad River to Nolichucky River
Tennessee-North Carolina - 371 Miles
After leaving Virginia, the Trail goes for about 70 miles through Tennessee before beginning to follow the TN-NC border. In this area, the Trail crosses through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where it reaches its highest point, Clingmans Dome, before continuing through the Nantahala Forest.
Section 8 - North Carolina/Tennessee
Nolichucky River to US321 (Hampton)
Section 9 - North Carolina/Tennessee
US321 (Hampton) to Damascus
Appalachian Trail in North Carolina
Nantahala River to N.C/Georgia state line
Section miles: 58.7
The section from the Nantahala River to the Georgia border features the best-graded trail at high elevations anywhere in the Deep South, with a couple of short exceptions.
The A.T. between the N.C/Georgia border and the southern boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park .
South of the Smokies are the long climbs of the Stecoah-Cheoah Mountain area, then the outstanding Nantahala section, with 4,000-foot gaps and 5,000-foot peaks. Cheoah Bald offers panoramic views of western North Carolina. The variety of forest growth and the beauty of the flowering shrubs, along with the many spectacular views, make this entire section of Trail memorable. There are lots of views from natural openings and fire towers, some requiring short side trips.
The remaining miles in North Carolina, closely following or on the Tenn/N.C. border.