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AT Neels Gap to Hogpen Gap
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Trail Length: 6.8 miles Type of trail: Point to Point
County: Union County, GA, Lumpkin County, GA Our rating: D
Features: scenic, camping, AT Your rating:
Usage: Light Added on: January 01, 1996
Last hiked: May 28, 2009 Updated on: November 07, 2015
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Appalachian Trail in Georgia
Probably the most interesting point on this section of the Appalachian Trail is the Walasi-Yi Center's breezeway that contains the familiar white blaze. It is the only building that is actually on the trail. Here novice trail hikers frequently stop and repack, unloading items they now feel are useless weight.

Mountain Crossings at Walasi-yi was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936 (completed 1937) and originally used as an inn and restaurant for the few brave souls who ventured this far into the wilderness. Today the center is a hiker's paradise, so you may want to spend a few minutes browsing, even if you don't buy anything.

Mountain Crossings at Walasi-yi
This may be the oldest part of the Appalachian Trail. 100 years before the trail was conceived by Benton MacKaye, The Cherokee had a path that ran in the approximate area of the Appalachian Trail. Many settlers wrote of Frogtown Gap, the original name of Neel's Gap, and the fact that it was a major intersection of Cherokee trading paths. The remains of the original Cherokee town are below the Walasi-yi Center.

The first portion of the Trail after the center climbs 800 feet in a mile and a half to a beautiful vista of Hogpen Mountain from Levelland Mountain. After another mile and a half is a marked campsite. The ascent to Wolf Laurel Top marks the halfway point of this short section of the Trail where the most scenic views are off trail at the picnic site. From this point the trail descends to Tesnatee Gap where the Trail briefly emerges and follows the Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway for a short distance, returning quickly to a more natural setting. Not far from this intrusion is the Logan Turnpike Trail intersection. After this the Appalachian Trail ascends Wildcat Mountain. The sharp (100 feet per .1 mile) climb is the most difficult part of this portion of the AT. There are some good views near the top of Wildcat and a shelter is a short hike from the path. From here the trail descends through several easy switchbacks into Hogpen Gap.

This is the shortest portion of the AT in North Georgia.

North:AT AT Hogpen Gap to Unicoi Gap
South:AT Woody Gap to Neels Gap

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