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AT: Woody Gap to Blood Mountain (and back)

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Woody Gap parking   Hike: AT: Woody Gap to Blood Mountain (and back)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Nov 26 2017  7:00 am >> Sun, Nov 26 2017 5:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Nov 15 2017 6:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Nov 25 2017 6:30 pm
Event Duration:10 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:16.5 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Please read the entire page before signing up for this event.

This hike has an estimated distance of around 16.5 miles, and an estimated total elevation gain of nearly 4,000 feet. We will hike at a consistent moderate pace with minimum stops.  Recent hiking experience on similar hikes is required (D5/D6). If you haven't done similar hikes recently with AOC, please include a description of your recent hikes in the notes section when you register.

We will start the hike at the Woody Gap parking lot. We will begin by taking the Appalachian Trail north for about 8.25 miles until we get to the shelter at the top of Blood Mountain. After taking our lunch break there, we will head back south on the same section of AT to get back to Woody Gap.

This is a challenging hike with nice scenery, and because it is considered a difficult D5, it is a good training hike for anyone who wants to do D6 hikes in the future.

We will be leaving the carpool no later than 7:00 am, so please arrive earlier.  We should arrive to Woody Gap parking lot by 8:15 am, and start the hike no later than 8:30 am.

Required Items to Bring:

Water + Snacks/lunch
Whatever you need if you are alergic to bee/wasp stings, etc.
Extra clothes/shoes to change for the ride home
Cash for your driver if you are carpooling

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will meet at the Woody Gap parking. This parking lot is located on Hwy 60.

GPS Coordinates: 34.6777, -83.9997

Link to directions starting from Mansell Park & Ride:


Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):115Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $46.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

To get credit for the hike, you must complete the entire hike.