Indian Gap to Tray Mountain via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews

Indian Gap to Tray Mountain via Appalachian Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.5 miles
1597 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




nature trips



wild flowers


Great views with shelter and water source. Easy hike if you drive up the service road to the base. If you hike from Unicoi Gap you better be in decent shape.

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7 months ago

8.7 miles 3 hours. Not much to see but a nice walk in the woods.

11 months ago

Great hiking trail. The hike wasn't too crowded, and very peaceful. When you are about a third of a way to the top of the mountain, you reach your first view, which is beautiful. When you are almost to the top, there is another lookout. The top of the mountain is kinda small-not ideal for hanging out-but has a gorgeous view of Yonah from one side. When I put the trailhead in my map (coming from N of 17), it brought me to a small road that says no trespassing with a bunch of private property signs. Don't take this!! We ended up going around to the other side of the dirt road but it took forever. Go to the next road on the left and follow the signs for High Shoals Trail. You'll pass it and it will be a couple miles on the right:)

Monday, May 01, 2017

We parked at tray gap so nowhere near the walk. Typical AT scenery. Good lookout to the north near the summit. Top view to the south is about like it is elsewhere on this section through GA.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Best to use the feet, unless you own a monster truck no way to get to the trailhead, road is a washout. The trail is also a very interesting addition to the area, nice overlooks and the peak Rather small In size up top compared to the neighboring mountains.

scenic driving
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Fun, not a good view

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Appalachian trail is draped wonderfully over this mountain. My boy and I came back with our duel sport bikes and road the service road up, there are lots of little bike trails you could go off to explore and even camp out on. There's a lot of mountain to play on here.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Good hike. Fairly moderate incline except for about the last half mile was fairly steep. Nice view! Only negative was the 6 mile drive on the dirt road off the 75 to get to the trail head.. I would do again.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

beauty and isolation are what you will find here. the section of the appalachian trail from indian grave gap is well maintained and in some places a real work of art. i started out at around 8:00 and encountered a group at tray gap but after that i was all alone. soon enough i hit 4000 feet and then tray summit. rhododendron tunnels and stunted trees lead out to an open rock outcrop where i am hit with an amazing breeze and pure beautiful sunlight. the only sounds are the leaves rustling. it is worth the extra distance to visit the tray shelter .. it has another nice rock outcrop that offers a great place for a lunch break or short nap before heading on. total distance is 6 miles round trip from 3120 to 4420 feet in elevation. awesome.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Enjoyed the challenge hiking from Unicoi Gap up and over Rocky Mountain to Tray Mountain shelter.

Monday, April 15, 2013

It is a short 0.6 mile hike up the A.T. to the top of Tray Mountain from the parking lot on FS 79. It's moderately steep. The views are fantastic. However, there are a fair amount of shrubs on top so unobstructed views are only to the south. You can also see Blood Mountain to the WNW around the shrubs. As of 2013-04-14 FS 79 (Tray Mountain Road) from Hwy 75 is well graded and in excellent condition, easily passable by a regular car. The views along the 7.5 drive are fantastic, well worth the trip.

Monday, October 29, 2012

We started our hike to Tray Mountain from U.S. Forest Road 79 along the Appalachian Trail in Tray Gap at 3,847 feet. From here its a short but steep 600 foot climb to the summit. The summit is mostly forested, but there are two openings with views to the east and west.

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