Backpacker Magazine Appalachian Trail: Dicks Creek Gap to Winding Stair Gap 

Perfect for a weeklong jaunt, this 38-mile section climbs mountains, winds through deep gaps and passes a short side hike to Standing Indian Mountain, where Indian lore says a bolt of lighting struck a lone Cherokee sentinel and turned him to stone.


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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 14 Jan 2008 5:35:24 PM
Activity: Backpacking
State: Georgia (GA)
Distance: 37.81 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 15060 ft
Total Loss: 14000 ft
Net Change: 1061 ft
Difficulty: 7 / 10
Tags: Appalachian Trail, AT hikes in Georgia, AT hikes in North Carolina, AT in Chattahoochee NF, Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia, Hayesville, North Carolina
Rating:   1 rating(s) Rate it

Shelters: Plumorchard Gap Shelter: sleeps 14; privy. Muskrat Creek Shelter: sleeps 8; privy. Standing Indian Shelter: sleeps 8; privy. Carter Gap Shelters (old and new: old sleeps 6, new sleeps 8; privy). Big Spring Shelter: sleeps 8; privy. Rock Gap Shelter: sleeps 8; privy.

TO TRAILHEAD: Start: From Tate City, GA, head east on US 76 for 1.2 miles to parking.

End: From Rainbow Springs, GA, head east on US 64 for 2.2 miles to parking.

Position Format: Datum:
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Distance: 37.81 mi Points: 3568
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Points of Interest

WPT001

Location: 34.910217, -83.604416
Campsite (room for 10 tents)

WPT001

Location: 35.059032, -83.478630
Big Spring Shelter

WPT002

Location: 35.058933, -83.478233
Side trail to shelter

WPT002

Location: 34.910484, -83.604446
Side trail to campsite

WPT002

Location: 35.020618, -83.581665
Side trail to Muskrat Creek Shelter

WPT002

Location: 35.037666, -83.561569
Wateroak Gap; campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT002

Location: 35.036133, -83.537498
Jct. with Lower Ridge Trail

WPT003

Location: 35.041183, -83.547997
Side trail to shelter

WPT003

Location: 34.913383, -83.613564
Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT003

Location: 35.058784, -83.478180
Pinnacle Trail

WPT003

Location: 35.029800, -83.571632
Bear R (NE) @ Y with Chunky Gal Trail

WPT003

Location: 35.020466, -83.581787
Blue-blazed Raven Rock Trail to the W

WPT004

Location: 35.055401, -83.477600
AT turns E @ jct. with blue-blazed trail that heads W

WPT004

Location: 35.017300, -83.581184
Small stream crossing

WPT004

Location: 35.026882, -83.572136
Whiteoak Stamp; campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT004

Location: 35.041733, -83.547997
Standing Indian Shelter

WPT004

Location: 34.912231, -83.618919
Dicks Creek Gap/US 76; parking; picnic area

WPT005

Location: 35.021034, -83.581619
Side trail to Muskrat Creek Shelter

WPT005

Location: 35.014465, -83.580399
Piped spring (may be dry)

WPT005

Location: 35.052700, -83.477501
AT crests summit of Albert Mtn.; tower on summit

WPT005

Location: 35.041733, -83.547813
Water

WPT006

Location: 35.052265, -83.477318
Views to the E

WPT006

Location: 35.020882, -83.581413
Muskrat Creek Shelter

WPT006

Location: 35.009998, -83.582863
Sassafras Gap

WPT006

Location: 35.041698, -83.547920
Side trail to water

WPT007

Location: 35.050816, -83.476120
Steep and rocky; stairs

WPT007

Location: 35.000465, -83.588799
Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT007

Location: 35.042984, -83.547897
Side trail to campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT008

Location: 34.996483, -83.593132
Blue-blazed trail leads E

WPT008

Location: 35.044048, -83.548134
Campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT008

Location: 35.050632, -83.474869
Blue-blazed bypass trail to the W; gravel road

WPT009

Location: 35.039818, -83.552368
Deep Gap. Cross FS 71. Camping: To reach Standing Indian Campground, follow Kimsey Trail (on left) for 3.8 miles

WPT009

Location: 35.049866, -83.473282
Well-graded, easy-going terrain

WPT009

Location: 34.994183, -83.598686
AT turns W @ jct. with trail that continues straight

WPT010

Location: 34.994282, -83.598999
Bly Gap. Views to the NNW; pass a gnarled oak. Side trail to the W leads to campsite (room for 4 tents)

WPT010

Location: 35.049667, -83.472984
Campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT011

Location: 34.994217, -83.599983
AT turns E

WPT011

Location: 35.046848, -83.471535
Bearpen Gap

WPT012

Location: 34.993900, -83.599930
Blue-blazed trail leads E. Campsite (room for 4 tents)

WPT012

Location: 35.046665, -83.471298
Campsite (room for 4 tents)

WPT013

Location: 34.993301, -83.600052
NC-GA state line

WPT013

Location: 35.037083, -83.471664
Large pipe to the E

WPT014

Location: 35.035782, -83.470398
Mooney Gap; FS 83

WPT014

Location: 35.120682, -83.547218
Winding Stair Gap; cross US 64

WPT014

Location: 34.984615, -83.598251
Good winter views to the SW

WPT015

Location: 34.984451, -83.597481
Side trail to the E to campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT015

Location: 35.119667, -83.548180
Parking; piped spring

WPT015

Location: 35.034050, -83.471184
Dry spring

WPT016

Location: 35.116615, -83.545052
Stream crossing

WPT016

Location: 34.979351, -83.597115
Saddle

WPT017

Location: 35.028465, -83.478020
Betty Creek Gap; campsite (room for 4 tents); multi-use trail

WPT017

Location: 35.110050, -83.536186
Side trail to the E to campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT017

Location: 34.971050, -83.594070
Rich Cove Gap

WPT018

Location: 34.968815, -83.594353
Trail to the W travels to campsite (room for 4 tents); blue-blazed trail leads 20 ft. to spring (may be dry)

WPT018

Location: 35.105068, -83.534203
Well-graded trail

WPT018

Location: 35.024384, -83.482231
Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT019

Location: 35.019165, -83.477898
Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT019

Location: 34.958767, -83.596451
Blue Ridge Gap; cross FS 79

WPT020

Location: 35.102085, -83.529869
Jct. with old AT; campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT020

Location: 35.007832, -83.481064
Views of valley to the SE

WPT020

Location: 34.952801, -83.592300
As Knob

WPT021

Location: 35.002602, -83.487518
Spring

WPT021

Location: 34.951584, -83.590164
AT traverses As Knob

WPT021

Location: 35.099815, -83.528397
Stream crossing; pipe

WPT022

Location: 35.001484, -83.488419
Stream crossing

WPT022

Location: 35.099483, -83.527946
Evergreens transition to deciduous

WPT022

Location: 34.949451, -83.590050
15-ft. boulder on side of AT

WPT023

Location: 34.946232, -83.591148
Plumorchard Gap; side trail to shelter to the E; blue-blazed trail leads W to good spring; cross old jeep road

WPT023

Location: 35.099049, -83.527649
Power line

WPT023

Location: 34.999401, -83.494247
Side trail to the E to new Carter Gap Shelter

WPT024

Location: 35.098583, -83.527336
Jeep road

WPT024

Location: 34.936199, -83.602150
Bull Gap

WPT024

Location: 34.999584, -83.494698
Side trail to the W to old Carter Gap Shelter

WPT025

Location: 34.999866, -83.494720
Carter Gap Shelter

WPT025

Location: 35.098167, -83.526886
Wallace Gap; cross old US 64

WPT025

Location: 34.917385, -83.595680
Cowart Gap; side trail to the W leads to water; trail and jeep road cross AT; campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT026

Location: 35.096699, -83.521980
Loose, rocky terrain

WPT026

Location: 35.002899, -83.499016
Blue-blazed Timber Ridge Trail to the W; campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT026

Location: 34.915951, -83.597954
Rock stairs

WPT027

Location: 34.915684, -83.598251
Spring

WPT027

Location: 35.005432, -83.509949
Coleman Gap

WPT027

Location: 35.094650, -83.522369
Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT028

Location: 35.005383, -83.510132
Tiny stream crossing

WPT028

Location: 34.914368, -83.599220
Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT028

Location: 35.094234, -83.522453
Rock Gap. Wasilik Poplar Trail to the E travels .5 mi. to tree; parking. Paved road leads to Standing Indian Campground (RV's, bathrooms, etc.)

WPT029

Location: 34.910965, -83.603867
Blue-blazed trail leads E to water

WPT029

Location: 35.092484, -83.522797
Side trail to shelter

WPT029

Location: 35.005798, -83.515404
Stream crossing

WPT030

Location: 35.005501, -83.518684
Stream crossing

WPT030

Location: 34.910702, -83.604187
AT turns W @ signed jct. with blue-blazed trail to campsite

WPT030

Location: 35.091534, -83.523018
Rock Gap Shelter

WPT031

Location: 35.082432, -83.511719
Campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT031

Location: 34.910351, -83.604218
Campsite (room for 10 tents)

WPT031

Location: 35.009998, -83.525734
Beech Gap; Beech Gap Trail to the W; campsite (room for 7 tents); blue-blazed trail leads E to water

WPT032

Location: 35.079449, -83.507187
Glassmine Gap

WPT032

Location: 35.027634, -83.532265
Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT033

Location: 35.077148, -83.502365
Blue-blazed Long Branch Trail leads to Standing Indian Campground

WPT033

Location: 35.031265, -83.535553
Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT034

Location: 35.073765, -83.497864
Tiny spring

WPT034

Location: 35.036182, -83.537247
Blue-blazed Lower Ridge Trail to the W; blue-blazed trail to the E leads to Standing Indian summit

WPT035

Location: 35.071934, -83.496719
Piped spring

WPT036

Location: 35.070648, -83.496620
Small stream crossing

WPT036

Location: 35.035366, -83.538002
Views to the WSW

WPT037

Location: 35.069698, -83.496918
Stream crossing

WPT038

Location: 35.069466, -83.497116
AT turns E (pay attention; may be confusing)

WPT039

Location: 35.066666, -83.488464
Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT040

Location: 35.061798, -83.481636
Campsite (room for 2 tents)


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