Appalachian Trail: Dicks Creek Gap to Deep Gap (NC)

Shuttle • 15.6 mi • 0 ft

In May and June, rhododendron, flame azalea, and mountain laurel bloom on the ridgetops of this trail section, while in fall and winter, hikers can enjoy the good views. At any time of year, this hike is a good length for an overnight trip, but it does have some steep and rocky sections. Since the driving distance between Dicks Creek and Deep Gap is long, you may want to hike in to Bly Gap (which has no road access) from either end and backtrack. Much of the trail goes through the Southern Nantahala Wilderness Area, designated by Congress in 1984 for its remoteness and beauty. Though the two shelters on this section receive a lot of use in the spring, at other times of the year they are ideal overnight spots.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hiawassee
Length: 15.6 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Strenuous
Duration: 11-12 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 2,675 feet
Top Elevation: 4,800 feet
Local Contacts: Appalachian Trail Conference, 304-535-6331
Local Maps: ATC Chattahoochee National Forest and Nantahala National Forest
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Hiked on the weekend of 11/02/2012. The trail was in good repair and had several great camping areas. the Shelter is a 3 level AT shelter and about .2 miles off the trail. Water opportunities were there, but not flowing well. Pencil sized stream at best.


My wife and I took a couple of days to hike this and we loved the trail. Good climbs and great views. We stayed in Bly Gap at a great campsite. The next morning was 56 degrees in June with low humidity. Loving it...

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