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AT Hike: Byron Reece trail to Cowrock Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Byron Reece Memorial parking lot. No Carpool   Hike: AT Hike: Byron Reece trail to Cowrock Mountain   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 25 2020  8:15 am >> Sat, Jul 25 2020 3:30 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Jul 21 2020 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jul 24 2020 10:00 am
Event Duration:7 Hours 15 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12.3 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Chuck R
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


We will start at Byron Reese Memorial parking lot and start on the Byron Reece trail for 0.7 miles until we get to flat rock gap intersection and go east on the Appalachian Trail. We will stay on the A/T for the remaining of the hike. We will then pass Neel Gap (bathroom break if needed) and head to Levelland Mountain at a total of 3 miles and stop for a break. After the stop, we'll pass the tip of Buzzard rock ridge to our north pushing foward just before Cowrock Mountain. We will stop on Wolf Laurel top for a view . This is a good campsite for a few campers. The group will then get back on trail heading east to Cowrock, which will be the half way point for the hike. This is approximately 6 miles where we will then stop for lunch and enjoy the views from the south. After lunch we will step back on to the A/T and retrace our tracks back to our cars. Elevation gain is approximately 3000 ft. If you have not recently completed some D5 hikes with the AOC, the leader will likely contact you to determine your abilities for this hike.

Required Items to Bring:

Snacks and/or lunch
Whatever you need if you are allergic 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:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will meet next to the trailhead in the Byron Reece Memorial parking area. This parking lot is located on US-19, about 0.5 miles north of Neels Gap, on the left side of the road.

Coordinates: 34.7418, -83.9226

Link to directions starting from Mansell Park & Ride:


* 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.