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Hemp Top, Jacks River loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Dally Gap, Cohutta Wilderness , GA   Hike: Hemp Top, Jacks River loop  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 17 2019  6:30 am >> Sat, Aug 17 2019 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Aug 8 2019 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 16 2019 10:00 am
Event Duration:11 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:13 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


join me for this fun and wet hike.

We start from Dally Gap at 8:45, hike up about 1.5 miles on Hemp Top trail, then 3.5 miles down on Penitentiary Branch to Jack's River. After this point we need to change our shoes to start river crossings unitil we get to our cars for about 7 miles.

You will need footwear that you can hike in while they are wet. We will not be stopping at every river crossing to change/remove shoes.  some people like to have water shoes such as keens or tevas. Please only wear something that you are used to hiking in.My pace would be moderate slow

We will stop at Ingles in Ellijay for a bio break on the way. (100 Orchard Square)

If you have not recently completed a D5 hike with the AOC, then I will contact you to confirm this event is appropriate for your current level.



Required Items to Bring:

hiking shoes and river crossing shoes

Lunch and snacks

Water about 3 Liters or more

Clothes appropriate for the weather

Hiking Poles

Dry Clothes for the car

Cash for carpool

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Sun screen


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Merge onto I-575/GA-5 N 57 mi

Continue onto Highway 515 S 37 mi

keep left onto Whitepath Rd 5.3 mi

turn right onto Beardtown Rd 1.8 mi

Turn left onto Bushyhead Rd 1.9 mi

Turn left onto Cashes Valley Ln 3.1 mi

Turn left onto Highway 2 6.6 mi

Turn right onto Forest Service Rd 22-2 3.6 mi

Arrive at Dally Gap

34.93326, -84.51890



Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):160Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $64.00 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.



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