Appalachian Trail Woody Gap to Neels Gap

Dahlonega, Georgia 30597

Appalachian Trail Woody Gap to Neels Gap

Appalachian Trail: Woody Gap to Neels Gap Professional Review and Guide

"This trek can be a long day hike or a mellow overnight trip, and takes you to Blood Mountain (4,461’), the highest point of the Appalachian Trail (AT ). The can’t-miss spot on this trip is the Blood Mountain Shelter, a stone building that the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built in the 1930s. From the shelter you can scramble up to a large, flat rock that offers a spectacular view to the south where ridges extend as far as you can see.

The hike ends at the unique Mountain Crossings store at the Walasi-Yi Interpretive Center, where the AT actually passes through a store’s breezeway. The CCC constructed the building from 1934 to 1937, and it has served as a restaurant and inn. Now it’s a thru-hiker mecca, and many people attempting to complete the AT stop at Mountain Crossings to fine-tune their pack load, purchase gear, and just chill out and mingle with fellow hikers."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,130 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
6 hours
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