Parking on the GA Appalachian Trail

Section 15 - Neels Gap to Woody Gap Displayed from North to South

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Marker
 
Hiker Rated
Parking Safety
Directions Comments Number of Vehicles Map   &  
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0.0
Neels Gap
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From the south follow US 129 north from Cleveland, GA. US 19 later joins. The Walasi-YI center, an outfitting store, is reached in 18 miles. From the north follow US 19/129 south 13 miles from Blairsville to the Center. The AT crosses the highway here. Parking here is short term and for customers. Hiker parking is further north at the Bryon Reece Memorial. The entrance to this is 0.6 miles further north (marker on map). It is apparently an old section of highway. It is a one-way road. Click on the street view and rotate the view to the west to see the parking entrance. Walk south from the parking area along the highway back to the center. 01/01/10 Ample 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
Hikers should park at the
Bryon Reece Memorial area. See above.
The map attached here shows the approximate location of the AT crossing near the Walasi-Yi Center in Neels Gap. Rotate the street view to the north to see the southbound trail to Section 15. The northbound trail goes through a breezeway in the building. This is the only place the AT actually goes through a building. From there the northbound trail to Section 14 goes east. Some of the pictures at the bottom give better views of the center. 06/17/14 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
1.0
Flatrock Gap
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See directions to parking at the Bryon Reece Memorial (Mile 0.0) A blue-blazed SIDE TRAIL leads 1.0 miles from the parking area at the Bryon Reece Memorial to the AT at Flatrock Gap. At the intersection, the southbound AT to Blood Mountain goes right, the northbound to Neels Gap goes right. Note: The northern terminus of the Freeman Trail is also in Flatrock Gap. This 1.8 mile long blue-blazed trail goes around Blood Mountain rather than over it. The southern terminus is where it rejoins the AT in Bird Gap at Mile 3.6. 01/02/10 Ample at Byron Reece Memorial
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
3.3
Slaughter Gap
  Poor            Great



 
Go north on GA 180 from Suches. There is a camping and parking area along a small road on the right. There is a 2.7 blue-blaze Slaughter Gap trail that leads 2.7 miles to Lake Winfield Scott, with campground and parking. 1/30/2006
Tire was slashed on a vehicle at the Lake Winfield Scott parking area. Car was parked between 4/15-4/17/2009. 05/11/09
sdaniels @ appalachiantrail.org
Everything here is book information. To reach the Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area, follow US 19/129 south from Blairsville for 10 miles to GA 180. Go west then south on GA 180. In 7 miles turn left on FS Road 37 at Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area. Refer to the following USFS web page for more information about the recreation area. Click on Facility Map to see the location of parking areas. http://www.recreation.gov/camping/Lake_Winfield_Scott_Rec_Ga/r/campgroundDetails.do?page=details&contractCode=NRSO&parkId=75347&topTabIndex=CampingSpot


Alternatively drive north from Dahlonega on US 19 /GA 9. GA 60 soon comes in from the left. When US 19/GA 9 diverge right, continue on GA 60 to Suches. This is about 15 miles from Dahlonega. Go right on GA 180 4.5 miles to the entrance to the Lake Winfield Scott Recreation area on the right.
The trailhead for both the Slaughter Creek and Jarrard Gap Trails is at the southern tip of the lake right after the bridge over Slaughter Creek is crossed. The approximate location of the parking area is shown by the marker on the attached map. See the section on Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area Trails in the Falcon Guide 'Hiking Georgia' by Donald W. Pfitzer. The Slaughter Creek and Jarrrad Gap trails run together for about 0.2 miles before they diverge. The Slaughter Creek Trail goes 2.5 miles, climbing to reach the AT in Slaughter Gap. There the southbound AT goes right, the northbound goes left. 01/02/10 Not known 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
5.0
Jarrard Gap
  Poor            Great




Go north on GA 180 from Suches. There is a camping and parking area along a small road on the right. Blue-blaze Jarrard Gap trail 1 mile to Lake Winfield Scott. Campground and parking available. 1/30/2006
See directions to the trailhead at Lake Winfield Scott (Mile 3.3) See Mile 3.3 and the references quoted there. An alternative reference is: trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/942126 The Jarrard Gap Trail climbs 1.2 miles to meet the AT. There the southbound AT goes right, the northbound goes left. Coordinates at the gap are 34.72680 -83.96478. 06/10/14 Not known 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
7.7
Miller Gap/ Dockery Lake Trail
  Poor            Great



 
Drive north from Dahlonega on US 19 /GA 9. GA 60 soon comes in from the left. US 19/GA 9 diverge right at Rockpile Gap which is about 9 miles from Dahlonega. Continue on GA 60 for 3.6 miles and turn right on gravel FS 654 opposite the Dockery Lake Recreation Area sign. Travel down the road for 1.1 miles to the parking area. The marker indicates the location of the parking area. The Dockery Lake Trail starts at the parking area, initially climbing a set of wooden steps. The trail is 3 - 3.5 miles long (depending on the reference consulted) and reaches the AT in Miller Gap. There the northbound AT goes right, the southbound goes left. Coordinates at the gap are 34.70353 -83.98527. Note For more information regarding the Dockery Lake Trail consult http://georgiatrails.com/maps/dockery.html and http://georgiatrails.com/trails/dockery.html . 06/07/14 Not known 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
10.6
Woody Gap
  Poor            Great




2 miles south of Suches on GA 60. Parking is available. 1/30/2006
Drive north from Dahlonega on US 19 /GA 9. GA 60 soon comes in from the left. US 19/GA 9 diverge right at Rockpile Gap which is about 9 miles from Dahlonega. Continue on GA 60 for 5.3 miles to Woody Gap. There is a picnic area there. There is a large parking area on the right and a smaller one on the left. Rotate the street view on the attached map to see the area at Woody Gap. The northbound AT passes through the larger lot and goes east toward Section 15. The trail begins the ascent of Big Cedar Mountain. The southbound AT to Section 16 continues through the small parking lot and goes west.01/25/08 1
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