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    Default Roan High Knob Shelter vs Overmountain Shelter

    I'm section hiking next month and would like to get some opinions on what people's thoughts are on Roan High Knob Shelter vs Overmountain Shelter. I can reach either on the same day of my trip. Which would you stay at? Which has a better view? Thanks for sharing!

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    i hate shelters and don't use them but if was to choose it would be Overmountain shelter hands down. awesome view from the barn

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    Overmountain easy. The RHK shelter is dark and dingy. Overmountain is a bit drafty as all old barns go but LW is right, the view out the front is amazing.
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    if you have a tent, and have the energy---camp up at little hump mountain.........

    get water at overmountain shelter area (trail for water is before you get to shelter)......

    that will help you avoid the shelter and get some views.....

    ive only been near overmountain shelter once and didnt stay there as (and this was not during thru hiker season), close to 30 people staying in the shelter......

    or you can tent camp right outside of overmountain.......

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    I'll echo TNhiker's suggestions: (1) Tent on Little Hump, a mile or two after Overmountain; (2) Overmountain; (3) RHK Cabin. Even at 6,000+ feet, the enclosed RHK Cabin could get a bit stuffy on a hot day, but if it is really windy and rainy then you will know it from within the Overmountain barn (but you should be able to stay dry all the same).
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    I would take Overmountain hands down over Roan High Knob. It is one of my favorite shelters on the AT. Set up your tent overlooking the valley for a great view.

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    Overmountain for sure. Be leery of tenting on Little Hump if the weather is questionable at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fudgefoot View Post
    I would take Overmountain hands down over Roan High Knob.
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    I'm surprised no one has sad stay at Roan High Knob Shelter. I recall staying at the shelter on Mt Rogers and loved it. I'm guessing it's not an elevation thing. Sounds like there is NO view and the shelter is worn a bit. Am I wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernest Snomin View Post
    I'm surprised no one has sad stay at Roan High Knob Shelter. I recall staying at the shelter on Mt Rogers and loved it. I'm guessing it's not an elevation thing. Sounds like there is NO view and the shelter is worn a bit. Am I wrong?
    There is simply no redeeming qualities to RHK when compared to Overmountain. It really is an easy call.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernest Snomin View Post
    I'm surprised no one has sad stay at Roan High Knob Shelter. I recall staying at the shelter on Mt Rogers and loved it. I'm guessing it's not an elevation thing. Sounds like there is NO view and the shelter is worn a bit. Am I wrong?
    it's a dump

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    Overmountain Shelter is a cool old barn - I think you'll like it.

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    Overmountain Shelter, it really an old barn utilized as a a shelter. Room to tent close by and still able be use the tables of the shelter (barn) and see the awesome view. I have fond memories of my stay there last summer (more the view, uniqueness of the barn, and people I met).
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    I didn't read any of the responses but I did this hike 4 weeks ago. I stayed at Overmountain and pitched my tarp next to the barn and it was awesome. Great spring, great campsite, 3/4 of a ****ter. What more do you want?

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    Most definitely the Barn. Better early morning views. Better tent sites.

    Since Roan High Knob is so rocky and rooted, you have rude hikers that don't dig catholes.
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    I think it's an obvious choice. Thanks everyone!!

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    Overlook for sure and if going north, Mount Laurel Hostel next night. One of the best breakfasts on the trail. Somebody left a fire going unattended from night before on hump Mtn. when I hiked on my thru. Not cool.

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    RHK isnt a bad place, its very shire like up there. But no fire, its always been cold up there for me, and its kinda dark in the shelter. Overmountain is my choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanwflynn View Post
    Overlook for sure and if going north, Mount Laurel Hostel next night. One of the best breakfasts on the trail. Somebody left a fire going unattended from night before on hump Mtn. when I hiked on my thru. Not cool.
    Did you mean to say Mountain Harbour (instead of Laurel).
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    Id avoid the shelter, but overmountain wins anyway. If weather is good tent on a bald with 360 views and experience an awesome sunset and sunrise.

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