"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