Shelter Listing

The following are a list of shelters that are on Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club’s section of the Appalachian Trail. The shelters are listed in order of location, going from north to south.

Wilson Creek
WilsonCreek

Date Built: 1986
Capacity: 8
Distance from AT: 0 miles
Water Source: Spring – 0.30 miles
Description: The water source 0.3 miles North of the shelter is sometimes dry during
periods of drought. Wilson Creek, 0.7 miles South is more reliable.

Fullhardt Knob
Fullhardt Knob shelter

Date Built: 1965
Capacity: 6
Distance from AT: 0.10 miles
Water Source: Cistern – 0.00 miles
Description: This shelter seems to be a magnet for controversy. It is the last shelter on
the Appalachian Trail to use a rain cistern. Rainwater is collected from the roof and
stored in a large tank. A spigot just behind the shelter serves as the water source. This
shelter is also notorious because it has been the on-again-off-again home for an otherwise
homeless woman named Peggy who believes herself to be the deposed queen of England.
She is, at times, belligerent and she leaves a lot of trash behind; but she does not appear to
be dangerous.

Lamberts Meadow
Lamberts Meadow shelter

Date Built: 1972
Capacity: 6
Distance from AT: 0.00 miles
Water Source: Stream – 0.05 miles
Description: This is the oldest shelter in this section… and it’s showing its age. The water supply is not reliable in late summer or during periods of drought. The campsites 0.3 miles North of the shelter is slightly more reliable.

Campbell

Date Built: 1989
Capacity: 8
Distance from AT: 0 miles
Water Source: Spring – 0.10 miles
Description: The water supply is a short walk downhill. Not reliable during late summer or during periods of drought; recent repairs have hopefully improved the water
supply. It is possible to watch the sunset from the top of McAfees Knob and make it to
this shelter if you hike quickly and leave right after sunset.

Catawba Mountain
Catawba Mountain shelter

Date Built: 1984
Capacity: 8
Distance from AT: 0 miles
Water Source: Spring – 0.00 miles
Description: A popular shelter with a reliable water supply, there are overflow
campsites just North of the shelter.

John’s Spring

Date Built: 2003
Capacity: 8
Distance from AT: 0 miles
Water Source: Spring – 0.25 miles
Description: This new shelter replaces Boy Scout Shelter (which may still appear on
your map). A new trail (go halfway to the outhouse and turn sharply right… follow the
blazes) leads .25 miles to a reliable water source. A less reliable water supply is still
blazed ahead and to the left of the shelter. The shelter is a memorial to John Haranzo, an
avid AT hiker. This is a convenient place for North bound thru-hikers to spend the night
after feasting at the Home Place restaurant All-You-Can-Eat.

Pickle Branch
Pickle Branch shelter

Date Built: 1980
Capacity: 6
Distance from AT: 0.20 miles
Water Source: Spring – 0.10 miles
Description:A long several flights of stairs lead down to Pickle Branch where several
springs join the creek. Usually reliable, you may need to walk downstream during times
of drought.

Niday
Niday shelter

Date Built: 2000
Capacity: 6
Distance from AT: 0 miles
Water Source: Stream – 0.05 miles
Description: This is a smallish shelter with a reliable water supply.

Sarver Hollow
Sarver Hollow shelter

Date Built: 2002
Capacity: 12
Distance from AT: 0.25 miles
Water Source: Spring – 0.05 miles
Description: Built between February and August 2002 by RATC volunteers with much
help from the USFS, this shelter is a memorial to Scott Marshall Riddick. The location is
steeped with history, being the homeplace of Henry Sarver as far back as the 1850s.
There are several cabin ruins and a small cemetary below the old springhouse that serves
as the reliable water source. The trail down to the shelter is very steep; a new one will be
constructed during May and June of 2003. This shelter has a covered eating area, a lovely
view, skylights and a ghost named “George.”

Laurel Creek
Laurel Creek shelter

Date Built: 1988
Capacity: 8
Distance from AT: 0 miles
Water Source: Stream – 0.05 miles
Description: This shelter is the home of our new, experimental mouldering privy. It
works by creating a friendly environment for bacteria which break down the wastes.
After each use, simply toss in a handful of leaves and dirt from the forest floor. This
shelter was originally located near the top of Kelly Knob where it was called “Big Pond
Shelter.” It was moved to its current location in 1988 by the USMC and RATC
volunteers.

War Spur
War Spur shelter

Date Built: 1965
Capacity: 8
Distance from AT: 0 miles
Water Source: Stream – 0.00 miles
Description: Another cozy shelter spot with reliable water.

Bailey Gap
Bailey Gap shelter

Date Built: 1965
Capacity: 8
Distance from AT: 0 miles
Water Source: Spring – 0.10 miles
Description: There is a tiny spring about 0.1 miles from the shelter but it goes dry very
early each summer. The spring 0.3 miles South of the shelter is more reliable. Even it
goes dry during periods of drought.

Pine Swamp
Pine Swamp shelter

Date Built: 2000
Capacity: 6
Distance from AT: 0 miles
Water Source: Stream – 0.05 miles
Description: This is a memorial shelter to Trimpi. The stone construction, fireplace and
four sleeping platforms make this a unique shelter in this area. The water source is
reliable.

Rice Fields
Rice Fields shelter

Date Built: 2000
Capacity: 6
Distance from AT: 0 miles
Water Source: Spring – 0.25 miles
Description: WOW What a view! If you think it’s great during the day, wait until the
sun sets. The walk to the water is long and steep. The spring sometimes goes dry during
prolonged drought.

Doc’s Knob
Doc's Knob shelter

Date Built: 1971
Capacity: 6
Distance from AT: 0 miles
Water Source: Spring – 0.00 miles
Description: The spring at this cozy shelter setting is one of the first to go dry each
summer… often in June.

Wapiti
Wapiti shelter

Date Built: 1980
Capacity: 8
Distance from AT: 0.10 miles
Water Source: Stream – 0.20 miles
Description: This prefab log cabin can be breezy in the wind. It’s worth the short walk to the pond, which is sometimes trashy.

Jenny Knob
Jenny Knob shelter

Date Built: 2000
Capacity: 6
Distance from AT: 0 miles
Water Source: Stream – 0.25 miles
Description: The spring at this shelter sometimes goes dry during periods of drought.
You can continue downstream and may find water. Turn back when you reach cow
pasture, the Bland County Prison owns that land.