Appalachian Trail 002: Hightower Gap to Woody Gap

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Section 2 of the Appalachian Trail begins at Hightower Gap and runs for 12 miles, mostly East, to the junction with GA Hwy 60 at Woody Gap. Along the way it runs past Horse Gap, Sassafras Mountain, Cooper Gap, the Gooch Mountain Shelter, Gooch Mountain, and Black Mountain. Much of this trail follows the ridgeline, but one big section drops down the ridge into a valley, and then climbs back up.

(Note: as you begin section 2 at Hightower Gap, make sure that you take the singletrack that heads back up the ridge, and not the trail that drops down the side of the mountain. The trail that drops down the mountain is NOT the Appalachian Trail.)

Best parking location: "Woody Gap" lat=34.6777486591, lon=-83.9996076382
Trail length: 12 miles
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  • Posted by Greg Heil on October 8, 2008


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    Q: I want to park my car at hightower gap and catch shuttle back to springer mountain. Is that possible? -Guest

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    Reviews of Appalachian Trail 002: Hightower Gap to Woody Gap

    Reviewed by vmhamm on April 6, 2014

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    Great hike the views are worth the tough climbs.
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    Reviewed by Greg Heil on September 20, 2011

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    I've hiked parts of this section of the AT, not the whole thing, but what I have hiked has been awesome!

    Edit 12/04/11: Hiked 3.5 miles from Gooch gap to Woody Gap and 3.5 miles back yesterday with my wife, and it was an awesome hike! Several amazing views from the ridge top, great trail... it was an awesome experience!
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