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SLACKPACKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL IN GEORGIA

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Extreme Physical Activity Disclaimer: Our trips require extreme physical endurance. While we will cater to your abilities, it is recommended that a training regime be implemented prior to arrival.

Extreme Weather Disclaimer: It can get cold and wet in them there hills.


Trip 1 – Introduction to the Appalachian Trail

Spend 5 days hiking the Appalachian trail, fully supported, starting at Springer Mountain Georgia. You will spend each night at Above the Clouds hostel where you will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner, hot showers, comfortable beds, excellent WIFI, laundry facility, knowledgeable host, guides and shuttle drivers and an amazing community setting.

Hiking a lot, eating a lot, laughing a lot and maybe just a little bit of crying!

ITINERARY for Introduction to the Appalachian Trail

Flexible Itinerary: Within the hiking community there is a popular saying. In fact, it is so popular that we even came up with an acronym for it (HYOH), which stands for hike your own hike. At Above the Clouds we believe strongly in this mantra. Because of this the itinerary for this trip will be catered to the individual. While we will have a set itinerary, we can easily modify it to individual preference based on desire and ability. We want you to have a good time and enjoy nature, not be stressed out about how many miles you are hiking.

DAY 1

Meet North Springs Marta Station, Sandy Springs Georgia at 3:00 pm.

Take shuttle ride to Above the Clouds hostel. Parking is also available at Above the Clouds if you are driving. We can also accommodate other shuttle arrangements with advanced notice. Trip orientation and welcome dinner.

DAY 2

Springer Mountain to Hightower Gap

Every morning starts with coffee and breakfast at 7:00 am. Today we will arrive at Springer Mountain at approximately 9:00 am. By 10:00 am on day one you will start your journey where so many have before. How far will you make it? That is up to you. After taking in the significance of Springer Mountain you will hike 4.4 miles north where we will have lunch next to a beautiful trout stream. After lunch you will hike one mile north to Long Creek Falls and contemplate whether you want to stand under the waterfall. Why? Because there will be no one there to stop you! Ultimately you will decide it is a little too cold for that and you will continue hiking north for 3.2 miles and end the hiking day at Hightower Gap after completing 9.5 miles. Shuttle back to Above the Clouds for a hot shower and dinner.

DAY 3

Hightower Gap to Gooch Gap

Today you will climb Sassafras Mountain. Because you will be slackpacking you will not have to say that Sassafras kicked your ass. Do this hike and get a Tee Shirt! Total hike for the day 8.3 miles then back to Above the Clouds for a hot shower and dinner.

DAY 4

Gooch Gap to Jarrard Gap

Today you will enjoy spectacular views from Ramrock Mountain, Woody Gap and Preachers Rock. When you reach Jarrard Gap you will be at mile marker 26.2 and will have completed a three-day marathon on the Appalachian trail. Miles for the day, 9.3 then back to Above the Clouds for a hot shower and dinner.

DAY 5

Jarrard Gap to Neel Gap

Today you will climb the highest point on the AT in Georgia, Blood Mountain, Elevation 4,442 feet. The hike will end at the famous Mountain Crossings. This is where 20% of people who set out to hike the AT wind up quitting their journey. You will not be one of them because you have learned the art of the slackpack. After only hiking 5.1 miles for the day we will visit the quaint town of Dahlonega Georgia for shopping and dinner.

DAY 6

Neel Gap to Hogpen Gap

Your last day of hiking will be a short 6.9-mile hike from Neel Gap to Hogpen Gap. Then you will return to Above the Clouds for a farewell party, that will include happy hour, dinner and stories from the trail.

Day 7

Farewell Breakfast then depart for North Springs Marta station 8:30 am. We can accommodate other shuttle arrangements with advanced notice.

DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICING

September 4th through September 10th

October 8th through October 15th

October 22nd through October 29th

$1,200.00 includes tax. No fees

$1,600.00 includes tax. No fees

$1,600.00 includes tax. No fees

SUMMER SPECIAL

WOMEN ONLY

Ask how to get a $300 discount on your trip!


SOME PACKING RECOMMENDATIONS

Keep in mind that we have laundry facilities at Above the Clouds. With that in mind we do not recommend bringing more than three days’ worth of clothes. The weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. No matter the time of year you should plan for potentially wet and cold conditions. While hiking we recommend clothing that will dry out quickly. We also recommend thinking in layers.

If you have been planning a thru hike and you want to bring your backpack to do a shakedown hike, we think that would be awesome and we would love to help get you dialed in. However, we do provide your daypack, as well as water bottles, snacks, and lunch. Leaving you with your clothes, electronics/phone/phone charger, personal items and anything else you think you may need.

We do recommend bringing two pair of comfortable hiking shoes, as opposed to uncomfortable hiking shoes, which we strongly discourage. We also prefer trail runners. You will also want to have a phone charger for your day pack. Other than that, we trust that you will pack accordingly.

HOSTEL DETAILS

Above the Clouds Hostel has two private rooms, one private cabin with two beds, one bunk room with 6 bunks, one bunk room with 4 bunks. All bunks are built in with privacy curtains. Guarantee a private room for a $300 upcharge (click here to view private room). Maximum group size for this trip is 8. Everyone is guaranteed a bottom bunk. Click here to view bunk room 1 and click here to view bunk room 2.

What’s NOT included- Travel to and from Atlanta, trip insurance, alcohol, optional guide gratuity, dinner on DAY 5 in town.


Trip 2 – Advanced Slackpacking – All of Georgia in 7 days

You will notice that with our five-day slackpacking trip itinerary we highlight stopping at waterfalls, enjoying the views and maybe even a trip to the quaint little town of Dahlonega. There will be no such talk in this itinerary. The reason for that is simple – hiking all the Appalachian Trail that runs through the state of Georgia in seven days is a physical and mental feat that will require your full attention.

This trip includes the approach trail starting at Amicalola Falls State Park and ending at Deep Gap North Carolina which is approximately 93.8 miles of hiking in seven days. If you finish this trip and it doesn’t kill you, you will undoubtable know whether you have what it takes to hike the entire Appalachian Trail.

Each day will include a good breakfast, snacks, and lunch. Each night you will return to Above the Clouds for a hot shower and a good meal. We will be your support team just as if you were a professional athlete. We say this because that is the type of focus that is required by you and us to make your trip a successful one.

If this does not sound like the challenge you are looking for, but you would still like to slackpack Georgia supported we encourage you to sign up for our Introduction to the Appalachian Trail trips or contact us to discuss your objectives. We are not trying to discourage you in anyway, but as the support team coach it is our job to tell you that this will be one of the toughest yet most satisfying things you have ever done in your life.

ITINERARY for Advanced Slackpacking – All of Georgia in 7 days

DAY 1

Meet North Springs Marta Station, Sandy Springs Georgia 3:00 pm

Take shuttle ride to Above the Clouds hostel. Parking is also available at Above the Clouds if you are driving. We can also accommodate other shuttle arrangements with advanced notice. Trip Orientation and welcome dinner.

DAY 2

Amicalola Falls to Springer Mountain parking lot. Day one of hiking starts off with the approach trail and the summit of Springer Mountain.
9.8 miles

DAY 3

Springer Mountain Parking lot to Cooper Gap. Quick stop at Long Creek Falls. Then Climb Sassafras.
11.2 miles

DAY 4

Cooper Gap to Jarrard Gap. Hey, look a great view at Preachers Rock.
14 miles

DAY 5

Jarrard Gap to Hogpen Gap. Blood Mountain is hard.
14 miles

DAY 6

Hogpen Gap to Unicoi Gap. Is it just me or are there a lot of flat places during this stretch? Oh, wait it’s mega downhill at the end.
14 miles

DAY 7

Unicoi Gap to Dicks Creek Gap. This seems like the longest day yet. They told me about Tray Mountain, but no one told me about Kelly Knob!
16.7 miles

DAY 8

Dicks Creek Gap to Deep Gap NC. Victory is yours! Reach the state line. Take pictures at the iconic twisted oak of Bly Gap and then finish at Deep Gap North Carolina.
16 miles

DAY 9

Wake up late, eat breakfast, laugh, cry, smile and then go home.

DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICING

August 20th through August 28th

September 19th through September 27th

November 4th through November 13th 

$1,400.00 includes tax. Nofees

$1,600.00 includes tax. No fees

$1,600.00 includes tax. No fees

SUMMER SPECIAL!

WOMEN ONLY

Ask how to get a $300 discount on your trip!

Don’t see your date? Call us to book a fully supported solo or custom group trip.

Contact us to reserve your spot to slackpack Georgia!

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