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Appalachian Trail: Woody Gap to Gooch Gap Mountain Shelter

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Trail

10.3 mile 16.6 kilometer out and back
91% Runnable
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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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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 run.

Runner Notes

Rocks and roots are very common on this trail.

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. Another good stream is located at Gooch Gap just down the hill.

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

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Aug 6, 2016
William Gunn
Cool and shady single-track, even in summer. Very rocky and uneven, with a section of irregular rocky steps. Vegetation limits the views to some ex...

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Gooch Gap Mountain Shelter 5 miles in from Woody Gap
Aug 25, 2015 near Dahlonega, GA
The Appalachian Trail between Gooch and Woody Gap
Aug 25, 2015 near Dahlonega, GA
View of the North Georgia Mountains from the Appalachian Trail
Aug 25, 2015 near Dahlonega, GA

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