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Overmountain Victory Trail, 7.5 - 10 miles, strenuous

  • Feb 9, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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I've been wanting to try this trail for a while now mainly as a scouting hike for an eventual backpacking trip up to the AT in this area as a shortcut to some great views. This will be a 7.5 strenuous hike. I might turn it into a 10.5 mile hike depending upon the interest of the group to do so. This is a hike in high elevation so scheduling depends on the weather and hiking conditions so the date is subject to change. Please be sure of your abilities to complete a hike of this distance and elevation gain before signing up. (Click on any image for larger view)

We will begin at the parking area on Hampton Creek Road and head up to Yellow Mountain Gap on the Appalachian Trail. This out and back trip would make it 7.5 miles. The possible additional miles would be a 1.5 climb of an additional 800 feet up to Little Hump Mountain to get some great views on the bald up there.

We will meet at Earthfare in Westgate Plaza at 9:00 AM, arrange carpooling and depart for the trail by 9:15. It is approximately a 75 mile (1.5 hour) drive to the trailhead. I anticipate arriving at the trailhead around 10:45.

We will break for lunch at Yellow Mountain Gap, then head up to Little Hump Mtn if we choose to do so. We should be back to the trailhead around 4:30 PM and return to Earthfare around 6:00 PM. These are not definite times but just estimates so plan accordingly so we don't need to rush back for any appointments or other engagements.

The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVT) is the path taken by the Overmountain Men as they marched to the Battle of Kings Mountain, the turning point of the American Revolutionary War. Thomas Jefferson called the victory of American patriots over British Major Patrick Ferguson's army at King's Mountain in October, 1780, the battle that "turned the tide of success" in the Revolutionary War.
Many of the militia men who achieved this stunning victory were known as the "Overmountain Men," citizen soldiers who came from southwest Virginia, today's eastern Tennessee, the piedmont of North and South Carolina, and as far away as Georgia, all joining to form an army that defeated Ferguson and his force at Kings Mountain, South Carolina.
The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, established by Congress in 1980, commemorates the campaign that led to the Battle of Kings Mountain. Each year in the fall members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association lead a commemorative march with public events to honor the patriot army and their story. Click on this link to see the complete trail.



Aerial view of trail

Elevation profile (Hampton to Yellow Mountain Gap)

Profile of add-on miles



Topographic map of hike area.

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  • Alison

    Such a fun hike in the snow. I think I am starting with the flu...hope no one else gets it.

    February 11, 2013

  • Debra

    A beautiful day hiking. Temps ranged from the 30's (while in the forest with the snow) to the 80's (out in the open with the sun shining). Just wish we could have stayed longer on the bald. Thanks Tom for organizing this trip. It was wonderful.

    February 10, 2013

  • Sue M.

    Thanks so much for a great hike yesterday! This was my first hike with the group and loved meeting everyone. What a treat to hike in the snow plus my calves aren't screaming at me too much today;)

    February 10, 2013

  • Tom S.

    February 10, 2013

  • Dave '.

    Hate to bail so late. Picking my mom up from the hospital.

    February 8, 2013

    • Tom S.

      not a problem. understand.

      February 8, 2013

  • Mike Z

    I'll be the first to say it... I'd prefer doing the 10.5 mile hike as opposed to the 7.5. But then again, I always like a long hike :)

    1 · February 8, 2013

    • Tom S.

      Given the crew, pretty much a given..

      February 8, 2013

  • Debra

    I'm with you Mike, especially with that long drive. Got to make it worthwhile.

    February 8, 2013

    • Tom S.

      never would have guessed ;)

      February 8, 2013

  • Julie B.

    too tired

    February 8, 2013

  • Debra

    Even though it's going to be in the 50's in Asheville, it will be cold where we are around 40.

    February 8, 2013

  • Sammy F.

    Been wanting to check this trail out for a while, ever since I read about it in a hiking book, but I was unsure about the length of drive vs. the length of hike.

    February 7, 2013

  • Debra

    http://www.storm247.com/weather/115328417#day=2

    Weather forecast for Yellow Mountain Gap, TN.

    February 7, 2013

  • Tom S.

    Interesting article. Thanks Rebekah.

    February 4, 2013

  • Rebekah

    There was an article about this trail in the ACT today. http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013302050003&nclick_check=1

    February 4, 2013

  • Julie B.

    in fair weather only...

    February 4, 2013

  • David R.

    Would love to go but I have a 5k run I paid for! Drats

    February 4, 2013

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