Chadwell Gap Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,624' 495 m
Descent: -114' -35 m
High: 3,045' 928 m
Low: 1,535' 468 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)
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“An easy run through the woods turns slowly into an ascent right up the side of a mountain!”— Ralph Smith
About 3/4 of the way up the path, at the start of a switchback, a break in the trees provides a look out and rest stop before finishing out the toughest section of the run. The path then becomes dotted with lots of larger rocks and washed out sections.
As one would expect when ascending an Appalachian mountain, eventually you run into a large vertical rock face. An open cave like area about 40 feet long and 30 or so feet deep can be seen along the base of rock escarpment. The trail continues along the base of this face as you near the end of the ascent. When you reach a section of concrete steps you are approximately 9/10 of the way through the trail. A wooden sign marks where the Chadwell Gap Trail ends.
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Land Manager: NPS - Cumberland Gap National Historic Park