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  1. Still operating - Roan Mountain / Hampton TN area

    Boots Off @ Watauga Lake - Still open

    Black Bear Resort - Still open

    Kincora - Waiting to confirm

    Greasy Creek - Still open

    Mountain Harbour - Still open
  2. NC restaurant dining rooms and bars have been...

    NC restaurant dining rooms and bars have been ordered to be closed as of March 17, 2020. Restaurant drive-thrus and carryout services are still allowed. Individual operations at restaurants near...
  3. Correct. Overmountain Shelter aka The Barn,...

    Correct.
    Overmountain Shelter aka The Barn, Apple House, and Watauga Lake are all closed. The grounds around the barn and the privy are still open for camping. Camp at the barn a must.

    Camp at...
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    As of right now, the frame of the barn is leaning...

    As of right now, the frame of the barn is leaning downhill which led to its closure.

    From what I have heard, the ATC and Pisgah NF are considering a number of projects for the Barn. Final plans...
  5. You might want to be careful on those FSRs.

    You might want to be careful on those FSRs.
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    I flagged a number of re-routes and worked a lot...

    I flagged a number of re-routes and worked a lot trail at Falls Lake.
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    Where is the supposed location of the flagging. ...

    Where is the supposed location of the flagging.

    Leave it. You can report seeing it to the land manager or local trail club.

    Flagging tape on trail usually means an initial maintenance issue...
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    Its a remote location. I personally heard of...

    Its a remote location.

    I personally heard of bears getting into cars at that location over the years.

    I would contact Mountain Harbor or Greasy Creek Friendly about parking.
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    Survivor dave

    Survivor dave
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    There is not a lot ATaccess in the Smokies for...

    There is not a lot ATaccess in the Smokies for day trip options.

    If Clingmans is open, you can go NOBO to Newfound Gap.

    Or an In/Out of Newfound Gap to Charles Bunion.

    Or climb from Cosby CG...
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    I am assuming Mt Mitchell is supposed to be Roan...

    I am assuming Mt Mitchell is supposed to be Roan Mtn. And McAfee Knob is pretty far south in VA.
  12. Too much latency for you to reach WB. Your ISP...

    Too much latency for you to reach WB.
    Your ISP in Thailand has either blocked or blacklisted the IP range for WB.
    Also - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_Thailand : Forum boards...
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    DSLR would be best but the bulk, weight, and...

    DSLR would be best but the bulk, weight, and fragileness of the camera would be the cons. I would go with a Go Pro or pocket digital camera (Canon, Samsung, Sony) with removable card memory. USB...
  14. I have worked the trail north of Spivey Gap to...

    I have worked the trail north of Spivey Gap to the VA line. Very hilly with lots of switchbacks until Watauga Lake. Then long rolling ridgelines to Damascus. Its one of the most maintained...
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    Knoxville and Asheville

    Knoxville and Asheville
  16. Based on my experience in video forensics, and...

    Based on my experience in video forensics, and basing my opinion on the displayed leaf litter and correlating it to the critter with an estimated 15-20 yards to the background structure....its a cat....
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    hikershuttles.com

    hikershuttles.com
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    As long as the privy still has the amazing view

    As long as the privy still has the amazing view
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    TKLP Correct. The original Mingus Mill and...

    TKLP

    Correct. The original Mingus Mill and BRP route re-opened late last year.

    I am sectioning and day hiking the MST myself.
  20. Double Springs Gap has a small spring from what I...

    Double Springs Gap has a small spring from what I remember. The area is rolling ridgeline.

    Just south of McQueens Gap is the retired McQueens Gap shelter. Ab Gap Shelter is just north of the...
  21. The Carolina Mtn Club site should be fairly...

    The Carolina Mtn Club site should be fairly reliable intell. They are the AT club from the Smokies to almost Erwin. And they sponsor and plot out guidelines for the SB6K challenge of summiting all...
  22. Here is the SouthBeyond 6000 peaks for the...

    Here is the SouthBeyond 6000 peaks for the Smokies.

    https://www.carolinamountainclub.org/index.cfm/do/pages.view/id/134/page/SB6K-Smokies

    Summit Post description...
  23. Bald Mtn Range - Rich Mtn Firetower above Hot...

    Bald Mtn Range -
    Rich Mtn Firetower above Hot Springs
    Side trails to Jones Meadows and Blackstack Cliffs
    Be sure to follow the exposed trail
    Not sure how the trail goes now between Big Butt and...
  24. FYI - The route leading out of the Smokies has...

    FYI - The route leading out of the Smokies has reverted back to its original route in the last year. The MST leaves the Smokies at Mingus Mill and routes to the Parkway.

    Whats your endpoint...
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    ***UPDATE*** - Watauga Lake Shelter has been...

    ***UPDATE*** - Watauga Lake Shelter has been officially retired.

    I just received word from my maintainer contacts that the shelter was dismantled on May 1st as the bear activity around Watauga...
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