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Appalachian Trail: Woody Gap to Gooch Mountain Shelter

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Woody Gap
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 11 2023  9:00 am >> Sat, Feb 11 2023 2:20 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Feb 7 2023 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Feb 10 2023 3:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours 20 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Greg Pharo
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Join me for a Saturday adventure on the Appalachian Trail! 

Starting from the ever-popular Woody Gap we’ll hike southbound on the AT. Our route takes us on rollercoaster ride as we partially ascend Black Mountain before summitting Ramrock Mountain. We’ll stop to enjoy the mountaintop views before we descend toward Gooch Gap and cross the Cooper Gap Road. The AT will then skirt us around Gooch Mountain and down to an intersection with a side trail leading to the Gooch Mountain shelter.  We’ll have lunch here before retracing our way back to Woody Gap. 

We'll move at a moderate pace of approximately 2.5 mph, with a few stops along the way.

This is a challenging D4 mountain trek with nearly 1,800 feet elevation gain. Recent D4 or higher hiking experience with the AOC, or equivalent activity, is required in order to join the fun. Please contact the trip leaders if you have any questions about participating. 

Required Items to Bring:

Sturdy hiking boots/footwear

At least 1 liter of water


Raingear (just in case)


Warm clothes

Cash for carpool 

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles

Coat and gloves (it will be cool in the morning)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

For those who are not carpooling: meet us a Woody Gap by 8:50 am so that we can start hiking at 9 am.

Click here for directions to the trailhead at Woody Gap.

The Woody Gap trailhead is located on GA 60 just south of Suches. There are parking lots on either side of the road. There is a toilet at the trailhead, but no water. 

We encourage carpooling because parking at Woody Gap is limited.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):102Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $40.80 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.


Click here  to see the AllTrails map of our route.

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

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