Appalachian Trail


Elevation Gain7,577ft
Trailhead Elevation3,575ft
Elevation Min/Max2927/4419ft
Elevation Start/End3575/3575ft

Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail is a hiking trail in Towns County, White County, and Habersham County, Georgia. It is 8.7 miles long and begins at 3,575 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 17.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 7,577 feet. The Tray Mountain Shelter shelter, Young Lick (elevation 3,809 feet) and Tray Mountain (elevation 4,419 feet), and the Unicoi Gap Trailhead and Tray Gap parkings can be seen along the trail. There are also an information guidepost, viewpoints, and camp sites along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Spring Trail, Abandoned Track, Camp Site, Rocky Mountain Trail, Tray Mountain Shelter Trail, Camp Site and Andrews Cove Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Afoot and Afield Atlanta: 108 Spectacular Outings in North-Central Georgia (Wilderness Press)
Marcus Woolf
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"This section of the AT is strenuous only in spots, but it’s a long haul, so it’s best as a two-or three-day trip. Along the trail there are several clearings where you can camp, or you can spend the night at the Tray Mountain Shelter or Deep Gap Shelter, both of which have nearby water sources. An early climb leads to great views of Yonah Mountain, and the scenery is excellent as you proceed to Indian Grave Gap. The trail climbs to Tray Mountain, the AT’s highest point in Georgia at 4430 feet, and then enters the Tray Mountain Wilderness. Here, you’ll encounter brief climbs, ridge walks, and several gaps before dropping into Addis Gap, which is another good place to camp. As you approach Powell Mountain, look for a side trail that leads to an excellent overlook. From Powell Mountain the trail drops easily to Dicks Creek." Read more

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Trail Information

Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
U.S. Forest Service, Blue Ridge District; Georgia Appalachian Trail Club; and Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Local Contacts
Appalachian Trail Conservancy S. North Carolina/Georgia map set, USGS 7.5-minute Neels Gap
Local Maps

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Dec 2018