Appalachian Trail: Springer Mountain to Woody Gap

Three shelters, rolling hills and beautiful vistas reward hikers as they connect Springer Mountain to Woody Gap where a recently renovated shelter sits under a leafy canopy.
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Three shelters, rolling hills and beautiful vistas reward hikers as they connect Springer Mountain to Woody Gap where a recently renovated shelter sits under a leafy canopy.

Shelters: Stover Creek Shelter: sleeps 6; no privy. Hawk Mountain Shelter: sleeps 12; privy. Gooch Mountain Shelter: sleeps 14; privy.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 31.1

Waypoints

AT0001

Location: 34.6266174, -84.1939163

Springer Mtn. (3,782 ft.): The southern terminus of the AT

AT0002

Location: 34.6286659, -84.1944199

Side trail to shelter; water; camping

AT0003

Location: 34.6301346, -84.1946335

Bear L @ Y with Benton MacKaye Trail to stay on AT

AT0004

Location: 34.6375351, -84.1952133

Cross FS 42

AT0005

Location: 34.6376495, -84.1951675

Parking along FS 42

AT0006

Location: 34.6402321, -84.1914673

Straight @ 4-way with Benton MacKaye Trail

AT0007

Location: 34.6441994, -84.1915359

Small stream crossing

AT0008

Location: 34.6475334, -84.1933823

Straight @ 4-way with Benton MacKaye Trail

AT0009

Location: 34.6490173, -84.1978149

Stover Creek

AT0010

Location: 34.6502686, -84.1974487

Stover Creek Shelter

AT0011

Location: 34.6502686, -84.1980667

AT turns W @ jct. with side trail to Stover Creek Shelter

AT0012

Location: 34.6512833, -84.1981659

Cross Stover Creek

AT0013

Location: 34.6517677, -84.1985016

AT switchbacks

AT0014

Location: 34.65625, -84.195282

Small stream crossing

AT0015

Location: 34.6596985, -84.1896515

Bridge over Stover Creek

AT0016

Location: 34.6597824, -84.189064

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

AT0017

Location: 34.6625175, -84.1845169

Benton MacKaye Trail enters on the R

AT0018

Location: 34.6629982, -84.1843491

Campsite (room for 5 tents)

AT0019

Location: 34.663166, -84.1845169

Campsite (room for 3 tents)

AT0020

Location: 34.6633492, -84.1843643

Stover Creek

AT0021

Location: 34.6636658, -84.1840134

Three Forks; cross FS 58

AT0022

Location: 34.6663818, -84.179863

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

AT0023

Location: 34.6671181, -84.1772003

Long Creek; side trail to the W to campsite (room for 3 tents)

AT0024

Location: 34.6672516, -84.1754837

Side trail to the W to Long Falls

AT0025

Location: 34.6672668, -84.1727371

Wide trail shortly; evergreens

AT0026

Location: 34.6666985, -84.1716537

Benton MacKaye Trail to the W leads to Long Creek Falls

AT0027

Location: 34.6651649, -84.1695175

Old road

AT0028

Location: 34.6653328, -84.1620865

Cross dirt road; field to the E

AT0029

Location: 34.6653328, -84.1615677

Logging road; gravel

AT0030

Location: 34.6653824, -84.1610489

Double track

AT0031

Location: 34.6647987, -84.1601486

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

AT0032

Location: 34.6650848, -84.1428146

Trail to the W to Big Hole Tree (25 ft.)

AT0033

Location: 34.66465, -84.1368179

Side trail to the E leads to Hawk Mtn. Shelter; campsite (room for 4 tents)

AT0034

Location: 34.6636658, -84.1295853

Hightower Gap; FS 69 and FS 42 jct.

AT0035

Location: 34.6641998, -84.1255341

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

AT0036

Location: 34.660183, -84.1187134

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

AT0037

Location: 34.6578827, -84.1147995

Side trail to the W

AT0038

Location: 34.6554832, -84.1053848

Horse Gap. AT adjacent to FS 42

AT0039

Location: 34.6536331, -84.1009674

AT turns W

AT0040

Location: 34.6534996, -84.1000824

Partial views to the WSW

AT0041

Location: 34.6535149, -84.0990295

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

AT0042

Location: 34.6530685, -84.0942001

Side trail leads to campsite (room for 2 tents)

AT0043

Location: 34.652832, -84.0940323

Sassafras Mtn.

AT0044

Location: 34.653183, -84.0845184

Cooper Gap. Jct. with FS 42, FS 15, and FS 80. Campsite (room for 4 tents) and parking

AT0045

Location: 34.6530342, -84.0806351

AT veers W @ jct. with side trail to the E to overhanging rock

AT0046

Location: 34.655899, -84.0801468

Justus Mtn.

AT0047

Location: 34.6554184, -84.0802689

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

AT0048

Location: 34.6573486, -84.0711365

Phyllis Spur

AT0049

Location: 34.6568336, -84.0640869

Trail jct.

AT0050

Location: 34.6566315, -84.0639496

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT007

Location: 34.657383, -84.0568466

Justus Creek; small stream crossing

WPT002

Location: 34.6550331, -84.0497131

Side trail to shelter

WPT039

Location: 34.664032, -84.1837463

Campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT042

Location: 34.6728172, -84.0161819

Ramrock Mtn.; side trail to the E leads to views to the SSW. Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT040

Location: 34.6702347, -84.0052643

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT047

Location: 34.6643333, -84.0274353

Jeep road

WPT043

Location: 34.6717339, -84.017334

Jacks Gap

WPT053

Location: 34.6548347, -84.0435333

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT006

Location: 34.6575661, -84.055748

AT passes side trail

WPT044

Location: 34.6701851, -84.0206528

Views to the SSE; campsite (room for 1 tent)

ZZZ003

Location: 34.6776161, -84.0001297

Woody Gap; parking; trash; picnic tables; restrooms; views to the S

WPT051

Location: 34.652916, -84.0327988

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT054

Location: 34.6549835, -84.0491486

AT turns E @ jct. with side trail to shelter

AT0051

Location: 34.6562004, -84.063385

Justus Creek; side trail to the W

WPT003

Location: 34.6548653, -84.0516129

AT turns W @ jct. with side trail to the E

WPT041

Location: 34.6728516, -84.0130844

Side trail to the W

WPT008

Location: 34.6559334, -84.0629196

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT048

Location: 34.6525154, -84.0314026

Gooch Gap; side trail to the E to water; nice campsite (room for 6 tents)

WPT055

Location: 34.6558151, -84.0498657

Gooch Mtn. Shelter

WPT049

Location: 34.6522179, -84.0321808

FS 42

WPT045

Location: 34.6684685, -84.0255814

Liss Gap

WPT050

Location: 34.6522827, -84.0324631

Campsite (room for 8 tents)

IMG_6105

Location: 34.6535339, -84.1002197

WPT046

Location: 34.666935, -84.0289993

Campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT052

Location: 34.6553154, -84.0350037

Tiny spring (may be dry)

WPT004

Location: 34.653801, -84.052803

Blackwell Creek

IMG_6149

Location: 34.6633682, -84.1843185

IMG_6169

Location: 34.6503487, -84.197464

IMG_6094

Location: 34.6556511, -84.0500031

IMG_6139

Location: 34.6652184, -84.1825638