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Georgia Appalachian Trail


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Map Key

79.0

Miles

127.2

KM

Point to Point

4,456' 1,358 m

High

2,526' 770 m

Low

18,540' 5,651 m

Up

18,431' 5,618 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Leave No Trace (LNT)

BEAR CANISTER Required Jarrad Gap to Neels Gap in Blood Mtn. Wilderness

FIRE BAN Slaughter Creek to Neels Gap.

For more information go to georgia-atclub.org/
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Leave No Trace / LNT - lnt.org/

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Rules:
-- CAMPFIRE PROHIBITED and/or the gathering of woody material is prohibited within 300 feet of the Appalachian Trail (AT) from where the AT crosses State Route 129 at Neels Gap to where the AT crosses Slaughter Creek south of Slaughter Gap in the Blood Mtn. Wilderness.

-- BEAR CANISTERS REQUIRED: U.S. Forest Service rule requires All food, refuse, & toiletries must be stored in bear-resistant containers overnight or when otherwise not attended. This applies to a 1/4 mile corridor along the A.T. from between Jarrad Gap to Neels Gap and from March 1st to June 1st. Jarrad to Neels is: 26.7 and 31.7 miles north of the southern terminus of the AT at mile 0.0 Springer Moutain this area includes Woods Hole Shelter, Slaughter Creek Campsite, and Blood Mountain Shelter.

-- Dogs must be leashed in portions of the Wilderness that are within a Wildlife Management Area.

-- Pack out all debris, garbage, or other waste. Enjoy Responsibly and Leave No Trace (LNT)

Description

The Georgia section of the A.T. extends for approximately 76 miles across the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia generally in a northeasterly direction from Springer Mountain to Bly Gap, just across the North Carolina state line.

An 8-mile approach trail leading to remote Springer Mtn begins at Amicalola Falls State Park on Highway 52. From its southern terminus at Springer Mtn, the A.T. descends at times to low valleys, crossing several streams, but mostly follows ridges at
elevations around 3000 feet and rises at times to summits over 4000 feet.

Outstanding peaks along the A.T. include Springer Mtn, Big Cedar Mtn, Blood Mtn, Cowrock Mtn, Rocky Mtn, Tray Mtn, and Kelly Knob. The trail crosses major highways at Woody Gap, Neels Gap, Tesnatee Gap, Hogpen Gap, Unicoi Gap, and Dicks Creek Gap.

The Georgia A.T. is almost etirely in the Chattahoochee National Forest. It borders or passes through eight counties: Gilmer; Fannin; Union; Lumpkin; Towns; White; Habersham; and Rabun; and four Ranger Districts: Toccoa, Chattooga, Brasstown, and Tallulah. Approximately 40 miles of the Georgia A.T. is within Congressionally designated Wilderness areas: Blood Mtn Wilderness, Raven Cliffs Wilderness, Mark Trail Wilderness, Tray Mtn Wilderness, and Southern Nantahala Wilderness. Approximately 12 miles of the A.T. and the Approach Trail (are) within the Ed Jenkins (Springer Mtn) National Recreation Area (NRA).

georgia-atclub.org/
GATC Mission Statement: The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club manages, maintains and protects the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Georgia with volunteers from its membership and the interested public. The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club promotes the appreciation of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and natural outdoor places through education and recreational activities, with an emphasis on conservation ethics and protection of the forests, their natural resources and wilderness areas.

georgia-atclub.org/hike-the…
appalachiantrail.org/home/e…
georgia-atclub.org/pdf/2012…
call the Chattahoochee - Oconee National Forest at (770) 297-3000.

Flora & Fauna

Volunteer Rare Plant Monitoring via A.T.C. - appalachiantrail.org/docs/d…

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Photos

View of the North Georgia Mountains from the Appalachian Trail
Aug 25, 2015 near Dahlonega, GA
Georgia AT - Blood Mtountain Summit GATG
Apr 10, 2018 near Blairsv…, GA
View from the Blood Mountain Shelter.
Sep 30, 2015 near Blairsv…, GA
Beautiful Long Creek Falls
Nov 10, 2017 near Ellijay, GA
View from Preaching Rock.
Jun 22, 2016 near Dahlonega, GA
Georgia AT sunrise
Apr 10, 2018 near Cleveland, GA

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Jul 13, 2020
Tony Green
Jun 24, 2020
Travis Seiler
Did the section looping from the freeman trail. Was cloudy and wet, but still made for a great time. 3mi — 1h 00m
Sep 22, 2019
Penny Clower
May 2, 2019
Ginny Humber
Hogpen Gap to Chattahoochee Gap, there and back. Two nights, May 2nd-4th. 9mi
Apr 6, 2019
Kristen Garner
March 27 - April 6 79mi
Mar 23, 2019
James Williams
10.9mi
Mar 19, 2019
CY Tan