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blueBlack Appalachian Trail: Woody Gap to Gooch Gap Mountain Shelter

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Trail

10.3 mile 16.6 kilometer out and back
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,490' 454 m
Descent: -1,490' -454 m
High: 3,216' 980 m
Low: 2,802' 854 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Blake Jarvis

A 5-mile section of the Appalachian Trail following the ridge lines with spectacular views.

Blake Jarvis

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This section of the AT makes for a great day hike.

Description

Leaving westbound from Woody Gap, this trail is relatively flat for about the first half mile, crossing a creek bed that may or may not be dry, depending on how much rain the area has received. The trail then proceeds to follow the ridge lines, mixing in incredible views of the North Georgia mountains with steep ascents and descents.The trail itself is fairly technical, being very rocky as well as steep.

As a popular day-use area, and a part of the Appalachian Trail, this trail sees a lot of traffic, especially in March and April, when the through-hikers are in the area. There is a reliable stream near Gooch Gap Mountain Shelter. A side trail marked with a blue blaze leads you down a hill until you reach the stream.

This trail, as part of the Appalachian Trail, is marked with white blazes and is very easy to follow.

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Nov 25, 2017
Jason Min
Woody gap 8mi
Nov 21, 2017
Timothy Baker
Katya and Me 8.5mi — 3h 10m
Aug 4, 2017
Erin McDuffie
Easy but not flat with a beautiful view at the top!
Apr 28, 2017
Chris West
Apr 8, 2017
Nick Masino
Son and hiked along this fantastic trial. The views from the ridge line in early Spring were awesome. The spring coming down the rock face was great 5mi
Apr 7, 2017
Nick Masino
Son and I hiked from Three Forks to Gooch Shelter. 11mi
Feb 12, 2017
Savannah Emerich
Jan 14, 2017
Mark Olden
5mi

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  4.2 from 5 votes

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