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Appalachian Trail in Georgia

Unicoi Gap to
Dicks Creek Gap

Rocky Mountain, Tray Mountain,
Kelly Knob, Powell Mountain

 

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This 16.4 mile section of the Appalachian Trail features three peaks above 4000 feet, with the spectacular views from the 4430 foot summit of Tray Mountain the main attraction. There are two shelters and four campsites along this stretch of trail.

This section begins at Unicoi Gap with an elevation of 2949 feet. There is a very large parking area on 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. The trail climbs steadily to the 4017 foot summit of Rocky Mountain at 1.4 miles. There is a campsite located nearby. The trail drops quickly into Indian Grave Gap at an elevation of 3121 feet, 2.6 miles from Unicoi Gap. At 3.3 miles the trail crosses Tray Mountain Road aka USFS Road 79. 

At 3.6 miles the trail passes by a designated campsite located on the property of a former Cheese Factory from the mid 1800s. Little evidence is left of the former dairy remains today. At 4.3 miles the AT again crosses Tray Mountain Road aka USFS Road 79, where there is a parking area located. The GPS coordinates are N34 47.957 W83 41.459 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle. The trail now continues its ascent toward Tray Mountain, reaching the 4430 foot summit at 5.1 miles. The views are spectacular. The trail drops quickly and at 5.3 miles a side trail leads 0.2 miles to the Tray Mountain Shelter, located at an elevation of 4200 feet, making this the highest shelter in Georgia. The Tray Mountain Shelter was built in 1971 and sleeps seven with a privy nearby. 

At 6.6 miles the trail passes Wolfen Gap. At 8.9 miles the trail passes Blue Ridge Swag, which is really a large gap. At 10.1 miles pass Sassafras Gap. At 11.1 miles the trail reaches Addis Gap. Here there is a campsite as well as a side trail that follows an old road one mile to the end of Wildcat Creek Road that can be driven. The elevation at the gap is 3304 feet. The trail now climbs toward Kelly Knob. At 12.0 miles the trail skirts to the east of the 4276 foot summit with a side trail to a vista. The AT now drops quickly toward Deep Gap at 12.9 miles. A side trail leads 0.3 miles to the Deep Gap Shelter, built in 1983 and sleeps twelve with a privy nearby.

There is a campsite at McClure Gap and at 14.2 miles reach Powell Mountain. The trail now drops nearly 1200 feet in elevation as it makes its way toward Dicks Creek Gap, reaching US 76 and the Gap at 16.4 miles. This marks the end of this section of the AT. The town of Hiawasse (zip code 30546) is located eleven miles west and has numerous opportunities for re-supply. There is a parking area for about fifteen cars where the trail crosses the highway.  The GPS coordinates are N34 54.733 W83 37.130 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle. 

If your planning a thru hike of the AT you should check out the following books to help plan your hike, Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers' Companion (2017) and Appalachian Trail Data Book (2017). We also suggest checking out Appalachian Trail Guide to North Carolina-Georgia and Appalachian Trail, Springer Mountain to Davenport Gap (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map) to help plan your Appalachian Trail adventure.

View from Rocky Mountain

Parking area at Tray Gap

Tray Mountain Shelter

Appalachian Trail near Addis Gap

View from Kelly Knob

Deep Gap Shelter

 

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Unicoi Gap to Dicks Creek Gap
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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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