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Appalachian Trail: Dicks Creek Gap to Bly Gap

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Southern Nantahala Wilderness

Appalachian Trail: Dicks Creek Gap to Bly Gap is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Clayton, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.6 mi Elevation gain 2,851 ft Route type Point to Point
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Leif Ericson
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Hiking

Starting at Highway 76 and going north, it is a moderate to difficult hike. Definitely will make you sweat while you take in the views and fresh air.

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Matthew Sanford
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Great fall weather. Tho according to my AllTrails and Apple Watch recording, this section is 9.2 miles +-. So prepare for an extra half mile or so. There is water at Dicks Creek Gap, 1.5 and 4.0 miles North from Dicks. And good water at Bly Gap. Not too hard. I round tripped it over 2 days. Lot of leaves covering trails of course, so roots and rocks were covered so tread carefully. Mix clear, rocky, typical trail. Coming South from Bly was faster as more downhill. Good workout to Bly from Dicks Creek but not a particularly hard or technical section. Finished AT Georgia with this!

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Gerd Froehlich
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Brian McNavish
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Mike Diamond
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Loved it!! Finally finished the State of GA.

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Scott Moss
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Wayne Bianchetta
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Laura Carolina
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Clarice Mcneese
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Jay Britz
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My girlfriend hurt her rib falling therefore we had to turn back. Nice moderate to difficult hike. Not the most scenic in the area but definitely a good sweat!

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DeLisa Christ
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Intended to hike Dick's Creek to Powell Mpuntain. After parkimg in the lot, we headed north and after about half mi I tried to find us on the trail app.....alas we we on the wrong side of Hwy 76 but we hiked on. Great day in the woods. Turned around about .25 mi past Buzzard Knob. Great inclines and declines. Wound up with 6.5 mi. Next time we'll cross 76 and hike Powell Mountain. Definitely moderate, definitely worth every step. Beautiful views of the mountains through the bare trees.

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Mike Trimble
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My last section of the Georgia AT. We were hiking this piece from Dick Creek Gap but we had to spot a vehicle at Blue Ridge Gap (and one at Dick’s Creek). Since we were already at Blue Ridge Gap we decided to start for the border from there and the flip-flop back to Dick’s Creek Gap. First, the road to Blue Ridge Gap is passable in a truck or 4x4 with a high centerline. My partner’s Subaru Forester was not able to make it up the hill but my Toyota Tacoma had no problem. The hike from Blue Ridge Gap to the border and back is an easy hike and the elevation changes are manageable. We made good time. Even with the leaves off the trees there is not much to see on this section of the tree. By the way, if you are planning to bushwhack High Cove Ridge from the East, the place to leave the trail is about 100 yards short of the GA/NC border. At the point there is a slight draw that leads up to a low gap that’s just 200 feet or so off the trail. Coming up the backside of Rich’s Knob (that is the north slope) is so much easier even though it adds about 1/2 a mile to your hike, than climbing the steep ridge of the southern slope. I know this from personal experience.

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Dwight Hunsberger
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Hiking

Great, well keep trial. Intermetiate with a few good inclines to break a sweat.

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Daniel Reffner
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Hiking

A good trail with many ups and downs. Bly Gap is a worthy destination with many campsites. No great views along the trail, mostly in the “green tunnel”. At plumorchard Gap there are two waters sources. The one in the direction of the shelter (east) is far better as there is a pvc pipe to concentrate the flow. The other is just a trickle.

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Lisa K
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Hiking

This is a great in and out hike with good cardio in mind. Our favorite rock for lunch is 3.36 miles in.

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Jasen Hutchinson
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I think o

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Jerry T
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Trail was mostly good. Was overgrown near Bly Gap with weeds which made hiking very wet

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James Mello
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Hiking

More painful than Standing Indian.

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James Reilly
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Hiking

Great trail. Solid hike. Butt and knee burner. But most of the Appalachian trail is. Beautiful after a rain

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Karrie Coker
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Backpacking

Great view! Make sure you stop by Outdoor 76 in Franklin, NC. They are great people. You can find most any hiking gear there. If you need any information about the area or AT they are happy to help.

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Aj Gibson
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Hiking

Great section of the AT in Ga. it's rated hard but I would consider it moderate at least the first 2.5 miles that we did. Very enjoyable!

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Carol Holloway
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Very difficult. Got caught in a lightning storm and trashed my knee coming out in a hurry with a thirty pound pack in but, hey it was an adventure to add to my list!! So DO IT!!

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Jason Happe
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Hiking

My first start on the AT

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alan kemp
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Hiking

did the section from blue ridge gap to rich knob. this is a fantastic trail in the georgia southern nantahala wilderness. i climbed a few hundred feet out of the gap and then the trail leveled off and followed a nice ridge past wheeler knob. the trail was dry with great footing as opposed to the muddy mess around the blood mountain area. rich cove gap was a great place to take a lunch break. i encountered more than a dozen happy hikers headed north.

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Meddie Frercury
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Hiking

Great hike. Beautiful dense forestry. Moderate to Hard. Love this hike and will be back again! Great intermediate challenge!

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toby Mcwhirter
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Hiking

Strenuous at times but well worth it with the changing leaves. Last part of ga to complete.

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Paralee Dawson Hayward
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Hiking

I hiked this section in 2002 during my thru-hike and have been back numerous times since. My last hike was with a novice backpacker. It was still a challenging section for me at the age of 65. Buzzard Knob is straight up without any switchbacks. Nice section of the AT in the fall for the colors or in the winter for the awesome views.

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Bonita Maria Simpson
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but, of course, part of the Appalachian Trail

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Robby Barton
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Beautiful section. It's surprising how drastically the landscape changes through this section. You know when you're at Bly Gap (the GA/NC border) when you see the curved, gnarled oak in the middle of the trail. Plumorchard Gap Shelter was one of the nicer shelters I've used though there were the normal mice. If you don't want mice running across your face sleep in a tent. I also saw lots of places where wild pig had been rutting.

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David Hutchins
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