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Day Hike: Dally Gap in the Cohuttas

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Dally Gap & Jacks River in the Cohutta Wilderness (Hemp Top to Penitentiary Branch to Jacks River Trail)

Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 26 2008  7:15 am >> N/A  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Apr 16 2008 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Apr 24 2008 11:59 pm
Event Duration:We should be back at carpool by 6:30, if not sooner
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Paula Schubert
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:14
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Our advenuture begins at Dally Gap where we'll be enjoying a 13-mile day hike with 18 river crossings in the beautiful Cohutta Wilderness.

Here's the details... From Dally Gap, we'll be hiking in on a former Forest Service Road known as the Hemp Top Trail. At 2.3 mile, we'll turn off to the left onto Penitenitiary Branch trail, which is an 3.6 mile interior trail of the Cohuttas. Penitentiary Branch will slowly descend to Jacks River where we can break for lunch before we start crossing Jacks River. Our lunch spot (at 5.9 miles) is where the 1st of 18 total river crossings will begin. After lunch, we'll follow Jacks River Trail upstream crossing the river 18 times over an almost 5 mile stretch of trail......Woohoo! Jacks river will probably be knee deep or above depending on rainfall. Ok, so the last part of the hike, which is a little over two miles, will take us away from Jacks river through a beautiful hardwood forest and back to the traihead where our vehicles are parked at Dally's Gap.

Please Note:

  • Make sure you are in good physical condition, can hike long distances and keep a moderate pace.
  • You will also need hiking poles/hiking stick for the river crossings. They are a requirement for my hike. It's for your own safety and enjoyment.

  • Required Items to Bring:
  • 2 Liters of Water or sports drink (I will be bringing a water filter)
  • Trail Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Hiking poles/stick for river crossings
  • Good hiking shoes/boots
  • Keens/Tevas or some type of water shoe. (You'll need something comfortable to hike in for duration of the 18 river crossings, which is almost 5 miles
  • Recommended Items to Bring:
    Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Hat for a sunny day
  • Change of clothes/socks/shoes for ride home (if you happen to fall in the river)
  • Towel

  • How to Get There:
    Event Directions:
    Directions to Dally Gap Trailhead:
  • Take 575N to 515 N. to Blue Ridge
  • Turn Left onto GA 5 towad McCaysville (we'll stop at McDonalds on the right for restroom break)
  • Travel 3.7 miles on GA 5 and then turn Left onto Old GA 2
  • Continue on Old GA 2 for approx. 10.5 miles (Note: at 9.0 miles pavement ends)
  • You will come to an intersection at Watson Gap.... Take a hard right onto FS 22.
  • Follow FS 22 (one lane gravel/dirt road) for approx. 3.6 miles to the trailhead at Dally Gap.

  • Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):180Mile(s)
    Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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    Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $72.00 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.


    Are Dogs Permitted? No, because of distance and river crossings.

    Will this event occur rain or shine? No, not in severe weather.

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

    Cost Includes:Please share gas expenses with carpool drivers.

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