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Appalachian Trail: Hog Pen Gap to Unicoi Gap Professional Review and Guide
"While this is one of the longer section hikes on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in Georgia, the terrain is mostly moderate, so this serves as a fine dayhike or comfortable overnight backpacking trip. From Hog Pen Gap, the trail undulates as it crosses a series of gaps and reaches the site of the Low Gap Shelter. You then meander through hardwoods along Horsetrough Mountain, and reach a steep section between Cold Springs Gap and Chattahoochee Gap. To the right of Chattahoochee Gap is the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River, which flows 436 miles through Georgia before it forms the Apalachicola River in Florida. From Chattahoochee Gap, the AT is rough and rocky as it cut across the slopes of Spaniards Knob and climbs to the summit of Blue Mountain (4030 feet). The trail then drops, sometimes steeply, from Blue Mountain to Unicoi Gap."
--Marcus Woolf, Afoot and Afield Atlanta: 108 Spectacular Outings in North-Central Georgia (Wilderness Press).
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