AT Hiker Found Dead in Trail Shelter

Cause of death unknown

smoky mountains man hiker death

The Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.     Photo: Miguel Vieira/Flickr

A hiker in his fifties was found dead on the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky National Park on Wednesday. Rangers found his body in the Triknob Corner Shelter near the border of Tennessee and North Carolina.

According to a friend, the hiker had been traveling from Newfound Gap to Davenport Gap, a distance of about 30 miles. When he didn't arrive, the friend notified the police.

The park will not release the man's identity until they have notified his family, but there is no indication of foul play.

Via The Charlotte Observer

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