Appalachian Trail: Unicoi Gap to Tray Gap

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Appalachian Trail: Unicoi Gap to Tray Gap is a 13.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hiawassee, Georgia that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

13.3 miles
4386 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly






2 months ago

Completed on 25NOV17 with my wife and my daughter (10 years old). Stayed one night next to the Tray Gap Shelter.

Approx 6.5 miles from Unicoi Gap to Tray Gap Shelter. You will complete around 13 miles out and back.

Hard. Recommend good hiking boots. Steep climbing and some sections very technical.

Views are beautiful!

Met few Thru hikers.

Highly recommended!!!

3 months ago

Loved this trail for its diversity. Lots of good mountain views as well as hiking in forest setting at lower elevations.

Hard hard hard

Sunday, February 19, 2017

This is a rough section of the AT, you will pass many hikers on the trail. This portion of the AT doesn't get much attention until you get to the Wildcat- peak which extends views on clear days.

Friday, October 14, 2016

stopped at Indian Grave Gap but was a wonderful hike

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

My first venture on the AT, Dicks Gap to Neel Gap 37 miles, 3 days.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Unicoi Gap to Tray Mountain, beautiful view, clear skies-- could see Downtown Atlanta and Stone Mountain. Nice camping spots along the way. There were 4 good view spots, two early on, one about 75% there that had a view of Tray Mountain, and then Tray itself.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My second trek on this section of the AT during the fall season once again left me often just standing in awe, taking in the beauty viewed from the ridgeline. The strenuous climb to and from Tray Mtn was made all worthwhile with a view beyond the summit before reaching the nearby shelter marked by the blue blazes.

Monday, August 11, 2014

This is a piece of the AT that serves as a reminder of why so many thru hikers quit before the North Carolina border. If you had several days of this type of hike behind and ahead of you, you might reconsider your level of commitment. That said, it's a great hike, if quite strenuous at times. We went beyond Tray Gap to the AT shelter atop Tray Mountain and stayed the night. It was overcast and rainy, but we spotted several places that probably feature some great views when the weather is clear. The shelter area had water and a privy, a few proper campsites and bear cables.

If you're headed to Tray Gap (and anywhere outdoors), please please pick up your trash, and maybe even pick up the trash that was there before you arrived. It looked a little messed up when we passed through this weekend. It's not just to keep nature beautiful...having a clean campsite also helps keep the bears away.

Protip on the shelter water source: No idea if the source is clean, so I would filter by default. It's a little spout that empties into a puddle just a few inches below. If you have a dirty water bag with the opening on the side rather than the top, bring it. It's a lot easier to slide your bladder into that space sideways.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

VERY hard, but well worth the hike. The views from the summit are amazing! There is only one small creek running through the hike in the beginning, but mountainous views for sure make up for no waterfalls. There are many camping spots with indescribable views to wake to. It being part of the Appalachian is amazing to hike a trail that so many have hiked on to end their journey in Maine.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My favorite autumn tradition is to do the first mile and a quarter or half of this section to reach Rocky Mountain and its pure vistas overlooking all things natural in every direction. It's a pretty good climb to reach this out cropping of rock which is very well named.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My first AT experience with a Meetup group. Saturday morning was cold as heck and windy - gusts of over 35mph. I was cold and miserable. I wasn't impressed with the views. Not a lot of interesting things to notice along the way - the scenery didn't change. No critters, no waterfalls, just uphill...

Trail was icy in some parts, rooty, but easily marked. My hip was killing me, so I went VERY slow.

Entire trail review on my blog with more pics and gpx files below

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Actually quite difficult. This is not a smart hike for the average beginner unless you don't want to walk for a few days. This is roughly the equivalent of climbing a 100 story building. Descending back 75 stories then climbing another 125 stories, all on uneven terrain. I hiked this section as a portion of a 16.5 mile section from Unicoi to Dicks Creek Gap. AllTrails won't let me add that as a hike on their site but so it is known it is arguably the toughest highway to highway section of the AT in Georgia. We camped at Addis Gap, there is a nice water source and campsite 0.5 miles down the forest service road to the right.

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