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Appalachian Trail Community™

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The Appalachian Trail Community™ program is designed to recognize communities that promote and protect the Appalachian Trail (A.T.).  Towns, counties, and communities along the A.T.’s corridor are considered assets by A.T. hikers and many of these towns act as good friends and neighbors to the Trail. The program serves to assist communities with sustainable economic development through tourism and outdoor recreation, while preserving and protecting the A.T.

Georgia is fortunate to have five such communities designated along the A.T. corridor:  Ellijay/Gilmer County, Dahlonega, Blairsville/Union County, Helen/White County, and Hiawassee/Towns County.

Designation as an Appalachian Trail Community™ and participation in the program is aimed to:

  • Engage community citizens, Trail visitors and stewards
  • Recognize and thank communities for their service to the Trail and hikers
  • Act as a catalyst for enhancing sustainable economic development
  • Aid local municipalities and regional areas with conservation planning
  • Help local community members see the Trail as a resource and asset

These communities offer a variety of restaurant and lodging options, services for thru-hikers (i.e. laundry and post office), and resupply outlets, as well as an overall "hiker friendly" environment.  We encourage hikers to consider patronizing the businesses in these communities that support the Trail and the Trail community.

Accommodations & Supplies

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Accommodations

Lodge at Amicalola Falls State ParkAmicalola Falls State Park has a beautiful lodge and restaurant at the top of the mountain, campsites that include showers and a laundry facility with the fee, and walk-in primitive campsites with a privy for late arrivals.  Coke machines and phone are near the park office at bottom of falls and at the top of the falls near the Hike Inn parking lot.  Park office closes at 5:00 p.m.
(706) 265-4703 or (800) 864-7275.

 


Len Foote Hike InnLen Foote Hike Inn is located 5 miles by trail north of Amicalola Falls State Park and 4.5 miles by trail south of Springer Mountain.  Guests hike in the five miles from Amicalola Falls State Park.  The inn has hot showers,  hearty, family style dinners and breakfasts (the inn does not serve lunch although trail lunches are available for guests), educational programs and environmental demonstrations.

Rooms are minimal accommodations.  Each room has two extra-long, twin size bunk beds.  Rooms are cooled with mountain breezes and have a fan.  For winter, warm blankets are supplemented by a heat panel in each room. Room rates include dinner, breakfast and taxes. There are discounted rates for children and some seasonal discounts.  Reservations may be made through the State Central Reservation System by calling (800) 581-8032.

 

Hiker Hostel is located 6 miles from Woody Gap and is run by former thru-hikers Josh and Leigh Saint. The Hostel is a full service contact for all hostel, slackpack, shuttle/SAG and logistic needs for hiking the Appalachian Trail, Benton MacKaye Trail or cycling in North Georgia. (770) 312-7342.  Open year round. $18PP bunks $42 Private room for 2.  Overnight stay includes breakfast, bed linens, towels & shower.  Computer with internet and wireless available.  Laundry $3.

 

 

Supplies

At Woody Gap 

Wolfpen Gap Store, Suches, GA.  Contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , phone 706-747-2271 or see www.wolfpengapstore.com.  Locally owned and operated by Suches native and hiker Doug Gooch and family.  Open 7 days a week, the store carries a little bit of everything including groceries, gas, area maps, prepared foods, fishing gear and camping supplies.  The hiker hostel is $15 (including shower) and offers a free shuttle to/from Woody, Gooch, and Jarrard Gaps.

Dr. Don Pruitt's Medical Clinic
The medical clinic is 1.5 miles from Woody Gap in Suches, and is open for medical emergencies from Mon - Thurs, 9-5.

Suches
Suches is a small community with a part-time medical clinic and volunteer fire department with emergency medical technicians. Jim and Ruth Ann Miner (11663 Miner-Scales Drive, Suches, Georgia 30572) (706) 747-5434 are friends of long distance hikers.


Shopping in Dahlonega
Shopping is available on GA 60 in Dahlonega, GA, and includes grocery stores, post office, hospital, hardware, motels, and restaurants. This area was the site of the first gold rush in the United States.


At Neel Gap (US 19/129)

Mountain Crossings Backpacking Outfitter, A.k.a. The Walasi-Yi Center (9710 Gainesville Hwy., Blairsville, GA 30512, (706) 745-6095) is a backpacking outfitter and short-term grocery resupply store located directly on top of the Appalachian Trail at Neels gap. The store is run by Winton Porter.  Winton and his staff give lots of support to long-distance hikers who come through every spring.  The center is open from 8:30am to 6:30pm, seven days a week and offers a great deal of services for all hikers.
The store carries a wide variety of tents/shelters, sleeping bags, hiking boots/shoes, hiking apparel, hiking guides/maps, freeze-dried foods, plus much more.  White gas and denatured alcohol are sold by the ounce, and canister fuel is also available.  The hiker hostel, which includes a shower w/towel and a bunk, is available for all hikers on a first come first served basis for $15.  Laundry facilities are available for an additional $3.  Dogs must stay outside the hostel.  A mail drop service is available, but Winton requests that people mail packages within one week of their arrival.  Calling to inform the store of an incoming package would be appreciated.  The store can also mail out packages using UPS services.  More information can be obtained at the Mountain Crossings website, or by emailing Winton Porter at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Vogel State Park
North on US 19/129 3.0 miles is Vogel State Park with cabins, campsite, limited supplies, laundry, telephone, hot showers and friendly folks.

Goose Creek Cabins
North on US 19/129 3.5 miles from Neels Gap is Goose Creek Cabins and campground. Single rooms and rooms with kitchens. Contact Keith and Retter Bailey, 7061 Goose Creek, Blairsville, Georgia 30512, (706) 745-5111.

Blood Mountain Cabins
South on US 19/129 0.3 miles is Blood Mountain Cabins (each sleeps up to six) with showers and kitchens. 706-745-9454 or 800-284-6866 or E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

At Unicoi Gap (GA Hwy. 75)


Helen Alpine Village, Accommodations, and Shopping
Helen, Georgia is 10 miles south on Hwy. 75 with alpine tourist theme, post office, stores, fast food, small hiking shop, expensive hotels, laundry, restaurants.  Check Helen Chamber of Commerce for more information.

At Dicks Creek Gap (GA Hwy. 76)


Clayton Shopping, Accommodations, Restaurants, and more
Clayton, Georgia is 18 miles to the east with stores, motels, laundry, restaurants, theater, fast food, post office.


Hiawassee Shopping, Accommodations, Restaurants, and more
Hiawassee, Georgia is 11 miles to the west with post office, Mull's Motel, Waffle Shack, Georgia Mountain Restaurant, good grocery store, laundry. Everything is centralized for easy walking. If you need a shuttle back to any part of the AT in Georgia, call Gene Hamilton, (706) 896-2077, or ask Mull's Motel manager. The Hiawassee Inn, 193 E. Main St. (Hwy. 76) (800) 711-6961 has rooms for $42-$44 and will provide transportation back to Dick’s Creek Gap or Unicoi Gap after a night’s stay. (no pets)

Buckhead House
130 N. Main Street, Hiawasee, GA 30546, 706-896-0028
Hiker resupply store that carries dried food, fuel, clothing, very limited gear.  Located next to post office.

Blueberry Patch Hostel
This hostel is 3.5 miles to the west, look for sign on left side of highway. It is an organic farm and hostel owned by ’91 thru-hiker Gary Poteat and his wife Lennie. Overnight stay includes shower, laundry, breakfast and a ride back to the AT at 9:30 AM. There are bunks for 6 people, 4 others can tent on site, no dogs allowed. Hikers should plan to arrive at the hostel between 10 AM and 6 PM. The Poteats will hold UPS and Postal Service packages mailed to 5038 US Hwy. 76E, Hiawassee, GA 30546 for hikers who plan to stay a night. Phone number is (706) 896-4893. The hostel is open for Northbounders February 15th -April 30th. Southbounders may call to make arrangements in the fall.

 

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Dr. Don Pruitt's Medical Clinic
The medical clinic is 1.5 miles from Woody Gap in Suches, and is open for medical emergencies from Mon - Thurs, 9-5.

Suches

Suches is a small community with a part-time medical clinic and volunteer fire department with emergency medical technicians. Jim and Ruth Ann Miner (11663 Miner-Scales Drive, Suches, Georgia 30572) (706) 747-5434 are friends of long distance hikers.

Shopping in Dahlonega
Shopping is available on GA 60 in Dahlonega, GA, and includes grocery stores, post office, hospital, hardware, motels, and restaurants. This area was the site of the first gold rush in the United States.

At Neel Gap (US 19/129)

Mountain Crossings Backpacking Outfitter
A.k.a. The Walasi-Yi Center (9710 Gainesville Hwy., Blairsville, GA 30512, (706) 745-6095) is a backpacking outfitter and short-term grocery resupply store located directly on top of the Appalachian Trail at Neels gap. The store is run by Winton Porter.  Winton and his staff give lots of support to long-distance hikers who come through every spring.  The center is open from 8:30am to 6:30pm, seven days a week and offers a great deal of services for all hikers.

The store carries a wide variety of tents/shelters, sleeping bags, hiking boots/shoes, hiking apparel, hiking guides/maps, freeze-dried foods, plus much more.  White gas and denatured alcohol are sold by the ounce, and canister fuel is also available.  The hiker hostel, which includes a shower w/towel and a bunk, is available for all hikers on a first come first served basis for $15.  Laundry facilities are available for an additional $3.  Dogs must stay outside the hostel.  A mail drop service is available, but Winton requests that people mail packages within one week of their arrival.  Calling to inform the store of an incoming package would be appreciated.  The store can also mail out packages using UPS services.  More information can be obtained at the Mountain Crossings website, or by emailing Winton Porter at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Vogel State Park
North on US 19/129 3.0 miles is Vogel State Park with cabins, campsite, limited supplies, laundry, telephone, hot showers and friendly folks.

Goose Creek Cabins
North on US 19/129 3.5 miles from Neels Gap is Goose Creek Cabins and campground. Single rooms and rooms with kitchens. Contact Keith and Retter Bailey, 7061 Goose Creek, Blairsville, Georgia 30512, (706) 745-5111.

Blood Mountain Cabins
South on US 19/129 0.3 miles is Blood Mountain Cabins (each sleeps up to six) with showers and kitchens. 706-745-9454 or 800-284-6866 or E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

At Unicoi Gap (GA Hwy. 75)

Helen Alpine Village, Accommodations, and Shopping
Helen, Georgia is 10 miles south on Hwy. 75 with alpine tourist theme, post office, stores, fast food, small hiking shop, expensive hotels, laundry, restaurants.  Check Helen Chamber of Commerce for more information.

At Dicks Creek Gap (GA Hwy. 76)

Clayton Shopping, Accommodations, Restaurants, and more
Clayton, Georgia is 18 miles to the east with stores, motels, laundry, restaurants, theater, fast food, post office.

Hiawassee Shopping, Accommodations, Restaurants, and more
Hiawassee, Georgia is 11 miles to the west with post office, Mull's Motel, Waffle Shack, Georgia Mountain Restaurant, good grocery store, laundry. Everything is centralized for easy walking. If you need a shuttle back to any part of the AT in Georgia, call Gene Hamilton, (706) 896-2077, or ask Mull's Motel manager. The Hiawassee Inn, 193 E. Main St. (Hwy. 76) (800) 711-6961 has rooms for $42-$44 and will provide transportation back to Dick’s Creek Gap or Unicoi Gap after a night’s stay. (no pets)

Buckhead House
130 N. Main Street, Hiawasee, GA 30546, 706-896-0028
Hiker resupply store that carries dried food, fuel, clothing, very limited gear.  Located next to post office.

Blueberry Patch Hostel
This hostel is 3.5 miles to the west, look for sign on left side of highway. It is an organic farm and hostel owned by ’91 thru-hiker Gary Poteat and his wife Lennie. Overnight stay includes shower, laundry, breakfast and a ride back to the AT at 9:30 AM. There are bunks for 6 people, 4 others can tent on site, no dogs allowed. Hikers should plan to arrive at the hostel between 10 AM and 6 PM. The Poteats will hold UPS and Postal Service packages mailed to 5038 US Hwy. 76E, Hiawassee, GA 30546 for hikers who plan to stay a night. Phone number is (706) 896-4893. The hostel is open for Northbounders February 15th -April 30th. Southbounders may call to make arrangements in the fall.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 23 March 2013 14:01

Directions, Shuttles & Parking

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Directions, Shuttles & Parking

Out-of-state hikers who come to Georgia will probably arrive in either Atlanta or Gainesville, GA.  Gainesville, about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta, is the closest town to the trail served by public transportation.

AMTRAK and Greyhound Bus Lines operate between Atlanta and Gainesville.  The easiest and least expensive way to get from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to the bus station in downtown Atlanta, or to the Amtrak station in Midtown Atlanta is to use the Atlanta public transportation, MARTA (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority).

There are also possible car shuttles from Atlanta to the Approach Trail at Amicalola Falls State Park.  See below, some shuttle providers willing to provide car transportation for hikers. (Note that there may be many more services available, these are only a few that have requested to be listed).

Getting from Atlanta Airport to Gainesville

By Greyhound Bus:

Atlanta Airport to Atlanta Greyhound Depot:

  • Take the MARTA train from the airport to Garnett Station (S1). Go out Garnett Station, turn left to Forsyth St. The bus depot is to your right on Forsyth St.
  • OR take Atlanta Airport Shuttle bus to bus depot.
  • OR take taxi to bus depot.

Call Greyhound at 1-800-231-2222 to confirm the latest schedule and fare information.

By AMTRAK train:

Atlanta Airport to AMTRAK station:

  • Take MARTA train to Arts Center Station (N5), transfer to MARTA bus #110 at the Arts Center Station ; or walk to left uphill on 15th Street to Peachtree Street and walk one mile north (left) on Peachtree Street to AMTRAK station. The small AMTRAK station is on your left just after crossing over Interstate 85 on Peachtree Street;
  • OR take Atlanta Airport Shuttle bus to AMTRAK station.
  • OR take taxi from airport to AMTRAK station.

Call AMTRAK at 1-800-872-7245 to confirm the latest schedule and fare information.

MARTA bus routes and schedules are subject to change.  Verify all information directly with MARTA prior to planning your trip.  www.itsmarta.com

Getting from Gainesville to Approach Trail

When you get to Gainesville, a taxi driver will probably be at the bus or train station and will be more than happy to take you to the trailhead for the Approach Trail at Amicalola Falls State Park.

Traveling by car from Atlanta or Gainesville to the Approach Trail:

Several shuttle providers are willing to drive from various locations in Atlanta and Gainesville to Amicalola Falls State Park and other access points to the trail for a fee.  See below under Transportation in the North GA Area.

Driving to the Approach Trail:
From Dahlonega, Georgia (about 60 miles north of downtown Atlanta via GA Hwy. 400) take GA Hwy. 52 west approximately 20 miles to Amicalola Falls State Park.  Parking is available near the visitor center.  Cars should be registered with the park.  There is no additional charge for parking a car there for an extended hike, but there is a small entrance charge to the Park.

Point-to-point taxi or car rides:
Due to legality and liability, there is no official volunteer shuttle service available at this time.  There are taxi services that will pick up from locations along the trail:

Uni Taxi in Gainesville, (770) 297-0255
See below service providers willing to provide car transportation for hikers for a fee.

Parking:
Available at the major paved road crossings: Woody Gap (GA Hwy. 60), Neel Gap (US Hwy. 129/19), Tesnatee Gap (GA Hwy. 348), Hogpen Gap (GA Hwy. 348), Unicoi Gap (GA Hwy. 75/17) and Dicks Creek Gap (US Hwy. 76).  Limited parking is available where the AT crosses Forest Service roads: Springer Mtn. (USFS 42).  For extended backpacks, cars may be registered and parked at Amicalola Falls State Park.  Contact the park for more details.

Trail Approaches To Springer Mountain

The usual approach is to start at Amicalola Falls State Park off paved GA Hwy. 52 and walk the 8.3 mile blue-blazed Approach Trail to Springer Mountain.

A shorter approach is to intercept the Approach Trail at Nimblewill Gap on USFS Road #28 and walk 2.5 miles north to Springer.  NOTE: This section of USFS Road #28 is usually very rough, particularly after storms in the spring.

The shortest approach involves driving north of Springer to where the AT crosses USFS Road #42, then hiking south on the white-blazed AT one mile to the summit of Springer Mountain.

Directions:

From GA Hwy. 52, 9.5 miles east of Amicalola Falls State Park or 8.5 miles west of Dahlonega, turn north at Grizzle's old store (closed, sign for store is damaged).

Go 2.0 miles and turn right on USFS Road #28 (look for sign that points to Georgia Wildlife Management Area on left and sign to Jones Creek Road on right).

After 2.2 miles, bear left at fork onto USFS Road #77 and go 5.1 miles.

Take hard left onto USFS Road #42 and go 2.7 miles to AT, passing a Benton MacKaye Trail crossing (diamond blazes) along the way. There is a large parking area along north side of road.

Alternate directions:

From GA Hwy. 52 in Cartecay (12.1 miles west of Amicalola Falls State Park or 7.4 miles east of Ellijay), turn north on Roy Road between Methodist Church and Stanley's Grocery and go 9.7 miles to end of road.

Turn right and go 2.2 miles to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church (these are paved roads).

Turn right onto gravel USFS Road #42 and go 6.8 miles to the parking area on north side of road.

NOTE: These Forest Service roads can be quite rough, and may be impassable by car or van in winter or very wet weather. Contact the Chattahoochee National Forest Toccoa Ranger District in Blue Ridge, Georgia (706) 632-3031 for current road conditions.

Medical service:

Dr. Don Pruitt's medical clinic is 1 1/2 miles from Woody Gap in Suches, and is open for medical emergencies from Mon - Thurs, 9-5.

Transportation in the North Georgia Area: (updated 3/2009)

Dial-A-Bus / Lumpkin County Transport
Dahlonega, GA
(706) 864-6900 – or – 1-888-808-5021
Specifics: Provides service within Lumpkin County only: Dahlonega to Woody Gap or Neels Gap. – about $1/mile.

Pat Roberts
Dahlonega, GA
(706) 864-3229 – or – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Specifics: All of N. Georgia, MARTA pickup in Atlanta. Sometimes can do last minute shuttles – Vehicle storage available.

Bob & Mary Swift - Chattahoochee Ridge Lodge
Helen, GA
1-800-476-8331 / (706) 878-6396 (cell) - or - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Specifics: Provides shuttle services, but NOT to/from Atlanta Airport. Call for rates.

Ron Brown
Ellijay, GA
Home: (706) 636-2825 – or – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Cell: (706) 669-0919

Kelly Fields
Ellijay, GA
(706) 635-6730
Specifics: Taxi or Shuttle service to Springer Mtn., Atlanta & Knoxville airports. Call for rates.

Sabin Wes Wisson
Suches, GA
(706) 747-2671 – or – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Specifics: Atlanta airport or Marta Station. Will shuttle gap-to-gap - year round. Will go as far as Fontana (and anywhere in between) to help a hiker in need. NO National Forest Land. Call for rates.

Darlene Swofford
Franklin, NC
(706) 201-7719 (cell) - or – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Specifics: Springer Mtn – Hot Springs, NC Call for rates – rate depends on time & distance.

Dave Keller
Roswell, GA
(770) 993-5583.
Specifics: Willing to take hikers from Atlanta to Springer or Amicalola. Call for rates.

Josh and Leigh Saint
Suches, GA
(770) 312-7342 - or – www.hikerhostel.com
Specifics: Complete shuttle and hostel service.

Scott Dowling
Atlanta, GA
(404) 362-1271 - or – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Specifics: Will pick up at the Atlanta Airport, Amtrak Train Station, or Greyhound bus Station and will take to Amicalola Falls State Park or to Springer Mtn., (USFS 42). Will also transport to other trail heads, but only from Atlanta. (For example, I can't pick up at Neel Gap and drop off at Woody Gap).

Richard Anderson
706-276-2520 home – or - 404-408-2524 cell – or - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Specifics:  Can go as far south as the Atlanta Airport; as far north as Deep Gap, NC.

Crown Mountain Limo & Group Transportation, Inc.
Dahlonega, GA
(706) 867-0747 - or – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Specifics: Transportation for hikers.

Paddy's Taxi
Dawson, Dahlonega, Cleveland, Helen Georgia
706-300-7143 -or- www.Paddystaxi.com
Specifics: Transportation for hikers.

Disclaimer

This listing is provided as an information service for A.T. hikers and does not constitute an endorsement by the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club of the dependability or safety of the individual service providers.  While some service providers may be members of GATC, they are not representatives, employees or agents of GATC and their services are not in any way affiliated with GATC. GATC does not inspect, warrant, monitor, review or supervise the activities of the shuttle operators, and hikers should at all times use their own judgment in dealing with them.

The information provided here is subject to change and is beyond the control of the  Georgia Appalachian Trail Club.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 14:14

Water Sources & Availability

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Water Sources on the Georgia AT

Georgia Appalachian Trail Club (GATC) monitors the quality of water as part of its Trail Management Plan.  Best practices recommend that hikers filter, boil, or chemically treat all water before consumption or use. Water purity in the backcountry cannot be guaranteed.

GATC is an all volunteer organization so is not able to monitor water availability on a daily basis.  Water information is updated as often as possible based on reports from credible sources but may not always be completely current.  GATC recommends that hikers replenish water supplies wherever water is available.

Location Miles from
Amicalola
Report Comments Updated
Black Mountain 6.9 Good   4/6/13
Black Gap Shelter 7.3 Good   5/20/13
Springer Shelter 8.8 Good   5/21/13
Davis Creek 10.2 Good   4/6/13
Stover Creek
(2 crossings)
11.3 & 11.5 Good   6/2/13
Stover Creek Shelter 11.4 Good   6/2/13
Three Forks 12.9 Good   4/8/13
Hawk Mountain Shelter 16.4 Good   6/1/13
Justus Creek 22.4 Good   6/1/13
Blackwell Creek 23.2 Good   6/1/13
Gooch Shelter 23.4 Good   6/3/13
Gooch Gap (North FS42>0.1mile) 25.2 Good   6/3/13
Woody Gap Spring 28.8 Good   6/9/13
Miller Gap 31.7 Good   6/9/13
Lance Creek 32.0 Good   6/9/13
Jarrard Gap (<0.3miles) 34.1 Slow Drip   5/24/13
Woods Hole Shelter 35.4 Weak   5/26/13
Slaughter Creek 35.8 Good   5/25/13
Neel Gap (Mountain Crossing) 39.5 Potable
Good
   
Rock Spring Top 42.3 Slow  Not Dependable 5/20/13
Whitley Gap Shelter
(>1.2 miles)
46.9 Good   6/7/13
Hogpen Gap 45.9 Flowing   6/8/13
Low Gap Shelter 50.1 Good   6/8/13
Stream on Trail 50.4 Good   5/20/13
Chattahoochee Gap (>0.1mile) 55.1 Good   5/4/13
Rocky Knob (Spaniards Knob) 56.4 Flowing  Intermittent 5/4/13
Blue Mountain Shelter 57.3 Slow   5/19/13
Stream on Trail 60.1 Good   5/5/13
Cheese Factory 63.1 Good   5/5/13
Tray Mountain Shelter 65.0 Good   5/18/13
Steel Trap Gap 65.6 Good   5/3/13
Addis Gap
(0.5 miles)
70.3 Good   5/3/13
Deep Gap Shelter 72.1 Good   5/18/13
Moreland Gap 73.8 Good   5/18/13
Dicks Creek Gap 75.6 Intermittent   5/18/13
Cowart Gap 76.7 Good   5/18/13
Plumorchard Shelter 79.9 Good   5/17/13
Bly Gap 91.6 Good   3/17/13

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 11:08

Hike the Georgia Appalachian Trail

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The Georgia Appalachian Trail offers abundant opportunities to explore and connect with nature.  Whether you're planning your first day hike or preparing for an extended section or thru hike, the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club can help.

As a member of GATC, you can participate in the many day hikes, backpacking trips, and hiking seminars offered throughout the year.  We also offer valuable information about hiking etiquette, safety tips, shuttle lists, suppliers, water sources, and hunting seasons to help you plan your hike.

Planning Your Hike

Before you take your first step, take some time to assess your skills and answer the following questions to help prepare for your hike:

What is my physical condition?
Hiking in the woods is more strenuous than walking around your neighborhood; you may also be surprised to discover that your pace is slower on trails.  Assessing your physical condition before your hike will help you select an appropriate hike and give you a more enjoyable experience.

How far should I hike?
GATC monthly adventures include day hikes ranging 5-15 miles to overnight backpacking trips ranging from 7-10 miles a day.  Backpacking trips require additional equipment and may include a tent, sleeping bag, food, stove, extra clothing, and of course, a backpack.

When am I going?
Do you prefer more solitude and cool weather hiking conditions, or do you enjoy meeting more people along the trail and warm weather hiking? What's your tolerance for insects and gnats?  The time of year you hike affects the condition of the trails and your overall hiking experience.

Where am I going?
If venturing off on your own, study the Georgia Appalachian Trail Guide to plan your hike or backpacking trip.  Or select from one of the many monthly Adventures offered by GATC and led by our experienced trip leaders.

Do I understand the basics?
For a good hiking handbook that equips you with what you need to know and what you can expect while hiking on the Appalachian Trail, download the free e-book developed by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, "Step by Step: An Introduction to Hiking the Appalachian Trail."

Thru-Hiker Patch

80 Miler PatchCongratulations! If you've hiked the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail, you're eligible for a Georgia Thru-Hiker patch!

You do not have to be a member of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club to receive your patch. Just print and complete the application form, and mail the form and a check for $5 to:

Treasurer
G.A.T.C.
P.O. Box 654
Atlanta, Georgia 30301
Make check payable to: G.A.T.C. (please do not send currency)

Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 12:28

Trail Guide

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Approach Trail

Approach TrailThe Southern Terminus Access Trail begins behind the Amicalola State Park Visitors Center. This 8.8 mile, blue-blazed approach trail climbs to the top of Amicalola Falls (this portion is also called the East Ridge Trail), crosses the road to the lodge, then climbs through the Amicalola Watershed to Springer Mountain.   Frosty Mountain is at mile 4.1 of Approach Trail and Nimblewill Gap is at mile 6.0.

 

Georgia Appalachian Trail

Mile Description
00.0 Springer Mountain (3782 ft) is Southern terminus of the AT Bronze plaque on rock, sign and register nearby. Good views to west. Mount Katahdin in Maine is 2,175 miles north via the white-blazed trail.
00.2 Springer Mountain Shelter (3700 ft) to right on side trail with privy and reliable spring. Established tent sites nearby.
00.9 USFS Road #42 (parking).
02.5 Stover Creek Shelter (2920 ft) with all-season stream nearby. Located left of AT down old logging road.
04.1 Three Forks (2520 ft), where three streams converge to form Noontootla Creek, USFS Road #58. Campsites available north of AT along Long Creek.
04.9 Blue blazed trail to Long Creek Falls.
07.6 Hawk Mountain Shelter (3130 ft) with privy and water down path behind shelter.
08.1 Hightower Gap (2854 ft), junction with gravel USFS Roads #42 & #69.
14.9 Gooch Mountain Shelter (2775 ft) and privy to left on short side trail. New in 2001. Excellent spring, tent sites.
16.3 Gooch Gap (2784 ft), USFS Road #42 leads 2.7 miles to Suches, Georgia.
19.9 Woody Gap (3150 ft), paved GA Hwy. 60 with good parking. Suches, Georgia is 1.9 miles to left.
20.9 Big Cedar Mountain (3737 ft), with good views from rock ledges.
23.7 Henry Gap (3100 ft) is 200 ft left on side trail. Unpaved road leads to GA Hwy. 180.
25.5 Jarrard Gap (3250 ft), blue-blazed trail to left leads one mile to Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area (USFS) and GA Hwy 180.
26.8 Woods Hole Shelter (3460 ft), privy 0.4 miles west on side trail. Water at mid-point on trail.
26.9 Bird Gap (3,650 ft). Freeman Trail bypasses Blood Mountain summit and leads 1.8 miles to Flatrock Gap.
27.2 Slaughter Creek Trail, blue-blazed to left leads 2.7 miles to Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area (USFS). Stream at right turn is the last water before Neels Gap and is the water source for campsites ahead.
27.3 Slaughter Creek Campsite, eight tent pads built on sidehill.
28.1 Blood Mountain (4461 ft, highest point on the AT in Georgia). Blood Mountain Shelter with privy located on summit. Closest water is creek at AT and Slaughter Creek trail junction. Panoramic views in all directions.
29.5 Flatrock Gap (3440 ft), Trail to Byron Reece Memorial, west .6 mi. Parking; Freeman Trail bypasses Blood Mountain summit and leads 1.8 miles to Bird Gap.
30.5 Neels Gap (3125 ft), paved US 19/129 with parking at Byron Reese Memorial north on highway. Walasi-Yi Center has hiker supplies, equipment and hostel available on first come, first serve basis.
33.9 Wolf Laurel Top (3766 ft) with campsite and views to right in clearing.
36.0 Tesnatee Gap (3138 ft), paved GA Hwy. 348 (Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway) with parking.
36.7 Whitley Gap Shelter (3360 ft), privy is right 1.2 miles on side trail with magnificent views in season, dependable spring.
36.9 Hogpen Gap (3450 ft) on GA Hwy. 348 with parking.
41.1 Low Gap Shelter (2990 ft), privy is right via side trail into cove with spring and stream nearby.
46.1 Chattahoochee Gap (3500 ft), spring on right via side trail is headwaters of Chattahoochee River.
47.8 Site of former Rocky Knob shelter. Area still usable as campsite. Spring downhill below old shelter site.
48.3 Blue Mountain Shelter (3780 ft), privy via side trail to left. Spring on AT just before turnoff to shelter.
50.5 Unicoi Gap (2949 ft), paved GA Hwy 75 with parking.
54.9 Tray Gap (3847 ft), junction with Tray Mountain Road (USFS Road #79).
55.7 Tray Mountain (4430 ft) with outstanding views from summit. Descending to north, trail is rough, rocky and steep.
56.0 Tray Mountain Shelter (4070 ft), privy is left via side trail, good spring downhill behind shelter.
61.3 Addis Gap (3304 ft) campsite with stream to right 0.5 mile down old fire road.
62.4 Kelly Knob (4276 ft), summit is 0.2 mile to left.
63.1 Deep Gap Shelter (3550 ft), privy is 0.3 mile to right. Water in piped spring just before shelter.
66.6 Dicks Creek Gap (2675 ft), paved US 76 with picnic tables and seasonal stream.
70.9 Plumorchard Gap Shelter (3000 ft), privy is located to right of gap, down side trail. Spring near shelter.
75.4 Bly Gap (3840 ft), on Georgia/North Carolina state line, is marked by gnarled oak tree and fine views to north. Good campsite and water to right below clearing.

Information stated here is subject to change and is beyond the control of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club. All information should be confirmed head of time.

Maps & Profiles

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Elevation Profile

This map and elevation profile, published in 2008 by the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, consists of data collected via GPS (Global Positioning System) while hiking the Trail. The map is an overview of the trail showing road access and mileages between access points and shelters. The elevation profiles show the amount of elevation change between points and were made from detailed 3D GPS data.


Interactive Maps for Georgia Appalachian Trail

Google Earth Map - 1

This data consists of the trail route as well as trail features, such as water and campsite, which have been grouped by type for selective viewing.  In the Google Earth presentation, all side trails which connect to the AT are included. You can view information on a trail feature by clicking on its icon. Photographs are included for some features.  The Google Maps version can be viewed with a web browser.  The Google Earth version can be viewed with either the Google Earth application or a web browser plug-in from Google.

Directions: After clicking on the link below, trail features can be selected using the check boxes. The map can be zoomed in to view detail including Forest Service roads. You can select between Map, Satellite, and Terrain views.
Georgia Appalachian Trail For Google Maps

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Google Earth Map - 2

The following link views the Georgia AT Trail data using Google Earth which is a powerful 3D viewer which allows viewing images of the entire earth. This free application is available from Google.  (The Viewer must be downloaded and installed before using the following link.  On a Mac the link will download a file to your Desktop which when opened will launch the Viewer)  This data will appear in the "Temporary Places" section of the Places window.  You can expand the lists and select the detail you want to see.  Georgia Appalachian Trail For Google Earth

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About This Data

This data was gathered by volunteers from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club over a number of years.  It is believed to be accurate but there is always the possibility of errors or omissions.  The trail route is updated soon after changes in the trail.  We are continuing to gather and refine data on trail features.  We suggest for planning trips on the AT that you use the guide books and maps produced by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  For access to the AT from Forest Service roads, consult the Chattahoochee National Forest Map available from the USFS and outdoor stores as well as a PDF version on the web.

The Appalachian Trail in Georgia

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Marker on SpringerThe Appalachian Trail in Georgia extends 78.6 miles through the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, passing through five federally designated wilderness areas, a national recreation area, and a protected corridor.

The Trail follows the southernmost segment of the Blue Ridge chain of the Appalachian Mountains, reaching elevations above 4,000 feet at several locations.  With 50 miles of connected, maintained side trails, hiking opportunities of challenge, variety, and breath-taking views abound.

The Trail's southern terminus, located on the summit of Springer Mountain, is marked with an Appalachian Trail plaque and white blaze.  Forest Service Road 42 crosses the Appalachian Trail approximately one mile trail north, and provides vehicular access off of Double Head Gap Road in Gilmer County.  Springer Mountain Summit is connected to the south by the 8.8 mile Springer Mountain Approach Trail, beginning behind the visitors Center at Amicalola Falls State Park, of off SR 52.  A detailed guide book with maps is available from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Book Store.

 

Blazes

The A.T is marked with both signs and blazes, the latter being the most common.  These 2” X 6” vertical white rectangles are painted on trees and sometimes, rocks.  Similar sized blue blazes mark recognized and maintained side trails connecting with the AT.  Two blazes marked one above the other alert hikers to a change in direction.

 

Trail Shelters

ShelterThere are 12 shelters located close to the Georgia AT.  These are intended for use by Appalachian Trail hikers on a first come first served basis.

Privies are near each shelter.  With the exception of the stone cabin on Blood Mountain, spring water sources and food hanging cables are near the shelters.

 

 

 

Water Sources

Trail MarkerWater sources, mostly springs, can be found along or near the trail at the lower elevations.  Access to these is frequently marked with blue blazes.  All water should be boiled, filtered or chemically treated before consumption.

 

 

Hiking Concerns

Mountain hiking is a strenuous activity.  Appalachian Trail hikers should anticipate that and be prepared for it.  The Trail passes through a natural environment, the home of poisonous snakes and plants, stinging insects, and animals that enjoy eating hikers’ food as much as they do.  Reasonable precaution should be taken.  The AT also passes through public lands open for seasonal hunting.  The encouraged precaution is the wearing of blaze orange during hunting season.

 

Management of the Trail

The Appalachian Trail in Georgia is managed, maintained, protected, and promoted by the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, first entered into in 1930.