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Whitley Gap Shelter Trail is a 2.7 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 748 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

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Bird watching

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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.

Lots of parking at Hogpen Gap. No facilities.

Take Highway 348 (Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway) to where it crosses the Appalachian Trail at Hogpen Gap.

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Catherine B.
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Hiking

Trail has nice views and not crowded for a weekend. I met a couple of folks from the AT Trail Club doing maintenance. I made sure to thank them as the trail is well maintained.

Angelique Daigle
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Hiking

Nice short hike to the AT Whitley Gap shelter. There are a few spots along the way that offer beautiful views of the mountains. It ends at the shelter and has no other trails leaving from it. It does have a privy, which was handy. Some inclines that are just enough to raise your heartrate a little!

Derek Moore
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Hiking

Good views from the high spot on the trail. Descent to the shelter primarily adds exercise and access to a privy but otherwise no additional views

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John Richards
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This trail was great for a short hike! We were literally the only people there, and our dog loved it. Mostly flat/little incline, but does have some spots with rock and medium-ish incline. It had a clear path but the edges were definitely overgrown. Tons of shade and a great view!

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Mellanie Turquia
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Hiking

Great trail. Big uphills and flat areas. A little hard to find. Make sure to cross the street from hogpen trail. Bathroom hole at the end.

Joe Laing
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Hiking

We were here during COVID-19 and was one of the few trails on Federal land that we could find open and we only saw one couple traversing the AT heading north. This trail provided a few nice overlooks and some colorful Rhododendrons and other flowering plants. We ventured a little further to the fresh water springs to refill our water bottles.

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Anna K.
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Trail is currently closed due to COVID-19.

Caroline Brady
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Hiking

Lovely trail. Fantastic views that aren’t even far from the trailhead. Highly recommend, but don’t count on there being available parking.

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Griff Kerstine
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Camping

camped on top of wildcat mountain. killer views. awesome sunset. easy hike up and down.

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Derek Scaletta
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Camping

Great hike as always. Keeps me coming back year after year. Good views on the way in and nice spots to camp along the trail before you get to the main camp site as well.

Aisling Pugliese
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Frank Lowery
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Hiking

Awesome views

Jamie O.
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Beautiful views and a great section of the AT for relatively easier hike on the trail. Found some trash at the shelter, which we picked up and packed out with us, but hoping that is not a common occurrence.

Matt Flesher
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Hiking

Nice trail. Hard enough for the adults but not too hard for kids. My 7 year old said it was his favorite so far.

Tony Cartledge
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Beautiful narrow trail, a spur off the AT leading to Whitley Shelter. A little overgrown, but well worth the hike. After leaving the AT we didn’t see another soul other than two campers at the shelter. Nice waterhole about .3 mile behind the shelter.

Mumbles & Rocks
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Hiking

was a really beautiful Trail... Especially after you turn left to get off the Appalachian Trail it really turned into a real tight Rhododendron and mountain laurel filled area... I was expecting mostly heavy wooded areas... But there's lots of small overlooks just look for the small trails to the right as working your way to the top of Wildcat Mountain... You start to descend pretty steep getting closer to the actual Whitley shelter... But the shelter was definitely worth it and pretty cool

Sharon Lowry
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my Google maps tools us to low gap which we did, but, I would like to do the real trail

Mumbles & Rocks
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awesome Trail.... I would suggest turning right at the first Fork and just go about quarter of a mile and a nice little Summit off of Raven's cliff on the left... keep going another couple miles to see cow Rock Summit which is awesome!!

Aj Gibson
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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.

Keith Kowalski
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Hiking

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.

Mikel Manitius
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Hiking

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.

Ronan O'Brien
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Jake Bowser
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Jamie Scott
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Victor Recondo
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Kenny Britt
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Sara Lemoine
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Sarah Mclellan-Pelky
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Amanda Perofsky
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