Standing Indian Mountain

Blairsville, Georgia 30514

Standing Indian Mountain

Standing Indian Mountain Professional Guide

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"The Southern Nantahala Wilderness is the setting for this trek. Grab a rewarding view into Georgia and the adjacent Carolina highlands from the most southerly mile-high mountain on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Gently climb from Deep Gap to pass the Standing Indian trail shelter. Lots of switchbacks moderate your ascent. A spur trail takes you to the top of Standing Indian Mountain."

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Best of the Appalachian Trail Day Hikes (Menasha Ridge Press)
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"Standing Indian Mountain (elevation 5,498') is the highest point on the A.T. south of the Smoky Mountains. A 600-foot side trip on the Lower Ridge Trail leads to the summit and spectacular views, both north and south, of the mountain ranges the A.T. follows, including the Georgia Blue Ridge. From the parking area at Deep Gap (elevation 4,341'), follow the A.T. north along a graded trail that parallels two logging roads. In 0.75 mile, cross a small stream and continue to climb Standing Indian Mountain, reaching the side trail to Standing Indian Shelter at 0.9 mile. At mile 2.4, reach the junction of the blue-blazed Lower Ridge Trail, which heads 4.2 miles left to Standing Indian Campground. Follow this trail to the right 0.1 mile to the summit of Standing Indian. Cherokee legend says the mountain is named for a warrior who turned to stone when a bolt of lightning struck the top of the mountain, leaving the mountaintop bald. To return to the parking area at Deep Gap, follow the A.T. south." Read more

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Trail Information

Blairsville
Nearby City
5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
4,340 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,499 feet
Top Elevation
Views
Features
Nantahala National Forest, Nantahala Ranger District: 828-524-6441, www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated #785 Nantahala and Cullasaja Gorges; Appalachian Trail Conservancy Nantahala National Forest; USGS Rainbow Springs
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