Whitly Gap Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Helen, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
A hiking trail in the North Georgia Mountains. The beginning portion is along the Appalachian Trail. This trail begins with a small section of the Appalachian Trail that ascends Wildcat Mountain from Hogpen Gap. From there the trail forks to the left from the AT and descends down Wildcat Mountain. There are great views from the top of Wildcat Mountain as well as a couple of campsites.
Good hike. We went just after it rained so it was foggy with limited visibility. Started at hogpen to Tesnatee back up to whitly gap shelter back to Hogpen. About 5miles and easy to moderate hike.
Great day hike or one-nighter. It's not a difficult trail, except for a few hundred yards of switchback at either end of the trail. I saw no-one on the Thursday I walked in, surprising given the perfect weather and fall colors. The next day was a different story, passing probably a dozen people on my way out.
Good hammock hang-ups on the bald of Wildcat Mountain. There is a nice side trail just before you get to it, where you end up above a shear rock wall with a beautiful view. I took a nap there under a scrub pine, waking up to the view I uploaded.
The Whitly shelter is great, with bear-proof cables on a pulley system to tie up the food, a strong spring a few hundred yards away, and an enclosed privy.
It is a short hike from Hogpen Gap to the top of Wildcat Mountain. There are plenty of great views and a couple of campsites where you can have a picnic. From there the trail descends down the south side of Wildcat Mountain.