Benton Mackaye Trail Professional Review and Guide
"If you’re looking for an easy introduction to the Benton MacKaye Trail, Section 9 (running from Dyer Gap to Watson Gap) is a good starting point. The highest elevation for this section is at 2960 feet, while the lowest elevation is about 2500 feet, so there are no extended, difficult climbs. Plus, this is one of the shortest sections of the Benton MacKaye Trail, and with an early start you can do an out-and-back trip in a day without a struggle. From the western side of the Blue Ridge the trail quickly drops to the South Fork of Jacks River and runs parallel to the stream. At 2.2 miles in Rich Cove the Benton MacKaye Trail splits from the South Fork Trail and turns east, leaving the river to ascend an old logging road. At 3.8 miles you’ll leave the old logging road and climb to the crest of Blue Ridge. From the top of a knob, you’ll make a gradual descent through large oaks to end at Watson Gap."
--Marcus Woolf, Afoot and Afield Atlanta: 108 Spectacular Outings in North-Central Georgia (Wilderness Press).
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