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Appalachian Trail in Georgia

Neel Gap to
Unicoi Gap

Wolf Laurel Top, Cowrock, Wildcat Mountain, Poor Mountain, Blue Mountain

 

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Appalachian Trail GPS Tracks

Get the complete GPS Tracks for the AT in Georgia for ONLY $1.97!  This .gpx file includes waypoints for all trail shelters along the trail in Georgia and many of the official AT parking areas.  Use the BUY NOW button below and we'll send you the file via e-mail!  Happy Hiking!

NOTE: Some trail relocation may have occurred, which may not be reflected with our GPS Tracks.  The tracks are very close to the current trail.

This 20.8 mile section of the Appalachian Trail follows the scenic Blue Ridge in Georgia.  Starting at Neel Gap, the trail in this section travels over Wolf Laurel Top, Cowrock, Wildcat Mountain, Poor Mountain and Blue Mountain before finally reaching Unicoi Gap.  There are three shelters as well as four campsites scattered along this section of the trail.

This section of the trail begins as the trail crosses US 19 at Neel Gap and reaches Mountain Crossings at Walasi-Yi Center, a full service Outfitter as well as a Hostel.  The trail actually travels through the building.  You'll find some supplies, stove fuels, showers, coin laundry and possible internet access.  A little oasis along the Appalachian Trail.  They also hold packages for a small donation.

Mountain Crossings at Walasi-Yi Center at Neels Gap

There is parking for nearly fifty cars at Neel Gap.  The GPS coordinates are N34 44.108 W83 55.086 for those who have a GPS devise for their vehicle. This is a popular trail crossing for the AT in Georgia.  At 1.1 miles the trail passes a campsite near Bull Gap.  At 1.4 miles the trail has climbed over 800 feet to reach 3942 foot Levelland Mountain.

The trail descends quickly into Swaim Gap at 2.2 miles.  The trail crosses over Rock Spring Top at 2.9 miles and ascends to Corbin Horse Stamp at 3.3 miles.  The trail continues to ascend and reaches the 3766 foot summit of Wolf Laurel Top at 3.6 miles.  The trail passes a campsite at 4.2 miles at Baggs Creek Gap.

Near Wolf Laurel Top

The trail now climbs to reach 3842 foot Cowrock at 4.9 miles, where there are fine views.  The trail now descends, at times steeply as it makes its way toward Tesnatee Gap, reaching the Gap at 5.9 miles.  The trail passes through a large parking area that fits around twenty cars.  The GPS coordinates are N34 43.563 W83 50.857 for those with a GPS devise for their vehicle.

View from Cowrock

The AT steeply climbs out of the gap to reach 3656 foot Wildcat Mountain at 6.4 miles. At 6.6 miles reach the junction of the Whitley Gap Trail that leads steeply down 1.2 miles to the Whitley Gap Shelter.  This shelter was built in 1974 and sleeps six with a privy nearby. 

At 6.8 miles the trail reaches GA 348, turns left and follows the road briefly before turning right into a large parking area that fits about twenty cars.  The GPS coordinates are N34 43.554 W83 50.391 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle.  At 8.7 miles the trail reaches Poor Mountain.

Low Gap Shelter

The trail now drops into Wide Gap at 9.3 miles and then climbs to reach Sheep Rock Top at 10.4 miles.  From here the trail drops once again, this time into Low Gap at 11.3 miles.  The Low Gap Shelter, built in 1953 and sleeps seven, is located nearby.  It has been reported that in 2000 a hiker awoke to a black bear inside this shelter.

The trail now ascends gently, then drops into Popular Stamp Gap at 12.7 miles.  There is a campsite located in the gap.  More up and downs before the trail makes a steep climb out of Stenson Gap to reach the Blue Mountain Shelter at 18.6 miles.  This shelter was built in 1988 and sleeps seven with a privy located nearby.  This shelter is notorious for cold north winds that blow from the gap below.

Blue Mountain Shelter

At 19.4 miles the trail reaches 4025 foot Blue Mountain.  The trail will now steeply lose over 1000 feet in elevation as you make your way to Unicoi Gap at 20.8 miles.  The elevation at the gap is 2949 feet.  There is a very large parking area across GA 75, where the AT travels through.  There is parking for at least fifty cars and the GPS coordinates are N34 48.091 W83 44.568 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle.

This marks the end of this section of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.  Its nine miles east to the small town of Helen.  Helen (zip code 30545) is a popular tourist destination and has numerous motels and restaurants available.  North bound thru hikers, you still have over 2120 miles to Katahdin.

Appalachian Trail Hiking Guide - Georgia
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Hiking guide with descriptions and maps for the 78.5 miles the Appalachian Trail travels in Georgia. The guide is broken down by five sections of the AT. The book comes to you delivered as a pdf file via email. Use the buy now button and we will send you the file via email usually within 24 hours of receiving payment. Happy Hiking!

Appalachian Trail in Georgia
Neel Gap to Unicoi Gap
ONLY $1.00

Hiking guide with descriptions and maps for just this section of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. The guide comes to you delivered as a pdf file via email. Use the buy now button and we will send you the file via email usually within 24 hours of receiving payment. Happy Hiking!

We recommend purchasing any of the following books for those looking for more information on hiking the Appalachian Trail in Georgia:

Appalachian Trail Guide to North Carolina-Georgia  
Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Georgia North Carolina Tennessee
 
How to Hike the A.T.: The Nitty-Gritty Details of a Long-Distance Trek

 

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