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Mt. Cammerer from Low Gap



10.8 mile 17.4 kilometer out and back
76% Runnable


Ascent: 2,848' 868 m
Descent: -2,847' -868 m
High: 4,999' 1,524 m
Low: 2,338' 712 m


Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)


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A wooded trail with a 360-degree view payoff on top of the mountain.

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Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views


A wooded ascent via the Low Gap Trail and Appalachian Trail (AT) will lead visitors to the 360-degree view atop the Mt Cammerer at the fire lookout tower. The mountain sits on the Tennessee and North Carolina border.


This route begins with three miles of the Low Gap Trail before connecting with the Appalachian Trail (AT). The Low Gap Trail section has the most elevation gain and a couple of easy streams to cross as it follows the side of the mountain. There are multiple cutbacks as you wind your way up to the Appalachian Trail (AT) which offer some nice views of the area through the trees.

There is a small clearing at the Appalachian Trail (AT) junction and few large rocks which make a great resting spot. Once you start along the Appalachian Trail (AT) there is less elevation gain along the top ridge of the mountain. The trail is wooded and sometimes tunnel like until you reach the summit. There is some scrambling at the peak to climb to the lookout tower.

This trail can also be done on horseback, and there is a tie up for the horses right before going out to the outcropping where the tower is.

The summit of Mt. Cammerer sits on the edge of a rocky outcropping overlooking the Pigeon River Gorge at almost 5,000 feet.

History & Background

The octagonal fire lookout at the summit of Mt. Cammerer was built in the late 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corp.

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Dec 13, 2018
Robbie Sanders
Fun run/hike in the snow! 11.2mi
Nov 15, 2017
Chris Gaddy
Tough run. Conditions were perfect but this is a very strenuous trail. Hardest route I’ve ran this week. 11mi

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This was taken from the rocks on the left just before reaching the fire tower! Incredible views!
Oct 10, 2016 near Newport, TN
Mount Cammerer Lookout Tower quite literally puts you amidst the clouds.
Apr 3, 2017 near Newport, TN
A beautiful view from Mount Cammerer Fire Tower late summer August 2016!
Aug 29, 2016 near Newport, TN
Under the canopy.
Jul 29, 2016 near Newport, TN
The Low Gap Trail is smooth, yet steep through this section.
Mar 14, 2017 near Newport, TN
Easy to follow trail.
Jul 29, 2016 near Newport, TN


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