“A 5-mile section of the Appalachian Trail following the ridge lines with spectacular views.”
— Blake Jarvis
This section of the AT makes for a great day run.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildlife
Rocks and roots are very common on this trail.
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.