Shelton Laurel

The beautiful valley of Shelton Laurel Creek – and the coves, tributaries, and mountains lining it to its North – comprise a remote part of the Pisgah National Forest, known as the Shelton Laurel Backcountry Area.

The Appalachian Trail and Tennessee State Line run along the mountains’ spine, and trails climb from the valleys below up to the AT, passing beautiful old-growth forests, cascading streams and waterfalls, and serene mountainsides. Loop options for day hiking exist, some of which involve a climb up to the AT on one trail and a climb back down on another, although some of these are better-suited to backpacking trips.