Print-Friendly Version
Add this event to your calendar (Outlook, iCalendar)
Add REGISTRATION REMINDER to your calendar

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

GA LOOP: DRT,AT,BMT - Southern Half

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Benton Mckaye Trail / DRT and Hwy 60   Backpacking: GA LOOP:  DRT,AT,BMT - Southern Half  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 26 2022  8:00 am >> Sun, Feb 27 2022 3:00 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 31 2022 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Feb 24 2022 8:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:24 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Myra Kincaid
Email Trip Leader(s)
You must be logged in to get the Trip Leader contact information.
Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


   Hi all. I would like to do the Georgia loop this spring, but since I don't have any three-day weekends, I will be doing this as a two-part series.

 The GA Loop is a large loop backpack comprised of the Appalachian trail, the Benton Mackaye trail, and the Duncan Ridge trail (the toughest hike in Georgia. This is the first part of a two-part series to complete the loop. We will hike 24 miles in this section. 

Saturday:  (11.7 miles)  We will meet at Woody Gap and leave at least one car at this trailhead. We will then continue up to the BMT roadcrossing on 60 to start our hike. We will go south along the Benton Mackage trail crossing the beautiful Taccoa Bridge after about 3 miles. We will continue and reach the Appalachian trail at mile 10 and take a short detour to enjoy Long Creek falls. Afterwards, we will hike two more miles to reach Hawk Mountain shelter, where we will stay for the night.

Sunday:   (11.9 miles) Today we will hike the rest of the way to Wood Gap along the Appalachian Trail. We will retrieve the cars before returning home.

 Note: This is an advanced backpack, not for beginners. If you do not have a history of backpacks with the club, the team leader may contact you to verify your ability. 


Required Items to Bring:
  • Hiking Boots / Shoes
  • Backpack
  • Tent / Tarp / Hammock 
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleep Pad
  • Food and Snacks (2 days worth)
  • Water and Filtration / Purification device, Drops, or Tablets
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Clothing enough for 2 days of travel
  • Stong will and positive attitude
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Camera
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Stove
  • Matches/Lighter
  • Change of Clothes and Towel for Drive Home

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

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