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The well-worn Appalachian Trail cuts a path through tall grasses at the Beauty Spot on Unaka Mountain in Erwin, TN on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Copyright 2015 Jason Barnette

The Beauty Spot is located at Mile 350.5 on the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee.

Appalachian Trail

There are so many amazing places to hike on the Appalachian Trail, but what if you just don’t have the time? While the AT is known for its remoteness in nature it is also easily accessible at the thousands of road crossings. These three locations in Northeast Tennessee are great places to strike out for […]

Beauty Spot on the Appalachian Trail

Beauty Spot is probably one of the most appropriately named locations on the Appalachian Trail. Thru-hikers want to spend a zero day here, locals drive up the mountain every weekend, and first-time visitors become repeat customers after seeing a sunset here. The best part is that you can practically drive to this magical spot, but […]

Round Bald on the Appalachian Trail

Round Bald is one of the most easily accessible locations for stunning views on the entire Appalachian Trail. Just a twenty minute walk whisks visitors away from the hustle and bustle of the world to the Roan Highlands and uninterrupted views in all directions. Pack a picnic, spend the night, play catch, it really doesn’t […]

I had only been on the Appalachian Trail for about thirty minutes and I’d already come across a field of wild ponies, viewed a breathtaking panorama from the top of a rocky outcropping, and I could see the tallest mountain in Virginia nearby. This is exactly why Grayson Highlands State Park is one of the […]

The Appalachian Trail features over 250 shelters from Georgia to Maine, spread about 15 miles apart. These shelters are primarily meant for thru-hikers who do not carry a tent or sleeping bag to keep the weight of their pack down, but anyone can use these. If I were to write a review of the shelters […]

At Mile 413.8 on the Appalachian Trail, the waters of the Laurel Fork River spill over a 55′ drop into a shallow, calm pool at the bottom. This beautiful, serene hidden gem is located deep in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee near Elizabethton and Watauga Lake. It is fairly easy to access, but mostly left […]