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Wolf Laurel Top via Appalachian Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Blairsville, 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 4.2 mi Elevation gain 1,243 ft Route type Out & Back

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A portion of the Appalachian Trail from Tesnatee Gap going West over Cow Rock Mountain and along the ridge line to Wolf Laurel Top. A very scenic trail. The initial section out of Tesnatee Gap is steep but then flattens out for a while and then there is a moderate climb up Cow Rock Mountain. Afterward the trail is fairly moderate as it traverses the ridge line between Cow Rock and Wolf Laurel Top. There is a campsite on top of Wolf Laurel Top with good views. There is a fairly reliable water source half way between Cow Rock and Wolf Laurel Top and another one less reliable about a ten minute hike past Wolf Laurel Top to the West.

Plenty of parking available at Tesnatee Gap.

The trailhead where the Appalachian Trail crosses Highway 348 (Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway) at Tesnatee Gap. If coming from the South do not confuse the earlier crossing that you will encounter at Hogpen Gap (or you will wind up on Wildcat Mountain).

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Bianca Bell
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Hiking

Beautiful views once you make it to CowRock. Trail in relatively good shape. Be warned that we saw two rattlesnakes on CowRock. One juvenile curled up under the boulder in the center and another 5-6ft long rattler laying across the trail just above the rock. Watch your children and dogs. Yikes!

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Brittany Hannula
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HikingMuddy

The beginning of the trail is rapid ascent but levels off shortly after and then it’s not too bad until you get to the gorgeous view from Cowrock. If you’re just going for the view then stop there at the first clearing. It’s beautiful and there’s plenty of space to sit and relax. We went on to to finish the trail and it gets really steep towards the end with lots of mud and rocks. If you’re looking for a good hike and exercise, definitely go all the way but the view isn’t nearly as fantastic, It’s still pretty though.

Alyssa Neri
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Hiking

Awesome trail with a more than worth it view at the top. Steep at first then isn’t too bad. Great hike for dogs. Bring lots of water. Fairly busy foot traffic mid day

Travis Wiegand
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Hiking

Great trail with beautiful views! 1.25 climb then evens out nicely. Quite a few people out for Mother’s Day.

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Kelly Boyd
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Hiking

Great Hike, good for the pup. Uphill the first mile and a half, several great spots to catch some beautiful views. Highly Recommend for a moderate rated hike

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Chris Nicolini
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Hiking

Very Nice trail. Starts steep and windy, levels out after a mile then has some ups and downs. Great views in a couple of places

Anna K.
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HikingClosed

Trail is currently closed due to COVID-19.

Terry Lannon
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Jacob Jewett
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HikingRocky

Took my dog and little sister out and they loved it. Light traffic and clear weather made for a perfect hike.

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Gin Gipson
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Maegan White
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Hiking

Rocky and steep in places. Beautiful views of surrounding mountains along the way. A little muddy at the bottom after rain. Enjoyed some snow today up there.

Jess Long
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We got started late and only made it about halfway to the end, but what we saw on our way was great. The parking lot holds about 20 cars and was almost packed when we arrived. However we didn’t really run into a lot of people. The ones we did see were super friendly! Steep climb for the first 1-1.25 miles but once you get to the ridge it’s much easier. I recommend bringing poles, especially in the winter time with all the ice and mud. Note: check the map first to make sure you’re hiking up the right trail! We went a mile or so the other direction on the AT and had to turn around when I finally noticed.

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Sam Wilson
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Tough start with steep ascent, but levels off nicely. Views are great, don't stop at first views, go all the way to Wolf Laurel. For the same distance in and out, we should have left a car at Neels Gap and just hiked the AT from Tesnatee to Neels Gap. Next time!

Shelby Otway
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Hiking

GPS takes you right to parking lot. We didn’t get there u til after noon and lots of spots left. Gorgeous hike, and didn’t pass many people. View is worth it!

M W
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HikingRocky

Spectacular views in winter. It's fairly steep and rocky going up to both peaks, and if the fallen leaves were wet, it could certainly be slippery as well, but the trail is well-marked and easy to follow. Would recommend a hiking pole to anyone worried about knee or ankle issues. That said, the relentless "up" sections aren't actually very long, and the views from the top are absolutely worth the work! We're from Florida (where the only steep topographical features are sinkholes) and managed just fine. We saw maybe a dozen other hikers on a Saturday afternoon after Christmas, so had long stretches to ourselves. Definitely recommend this trail, especially in winter.

Becky Griffin
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Hiking

Great views. Trail easy to navigate. I will do this one again.

Alan Dasher
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HikingMuddy

A low traffic trail. Listed as moderate but it is a LONG moderate. Had a really bad storm last night and there was some standing water along the way if you’re not wearing boots that may be an issue. Great views with good spots to take a break. The drive up to the starting point is great as well.

Danielle Larson
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Hiking

This was a perfect dog-friendly, family hike. The view was beautiful. We went in fall on a cool, dry day. There were a lot of leaves, so I could see how it'd be slippery if it had rained recently.

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Pat Robertson
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Hiking

Great trail in Fall and winter because there are great views. It’s the usual rocks and roots on the AT.

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Lisa Johnson
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HikingRocky

11/3/19: Hiked Testnatee to Cow Rock Mtn then onward to Wolf Laurel midday. Beautiful sunny day 54 degrees in shade / 62 in sun. Great views at Cow Rock; one of our favs. We were amazed at how many dogs were on this trail, they must love it too. Saw a few great spots for camping. Will hike this again.

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Sandra Turner
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Jim Beckner
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Hiking

The hike begins with a good climb but it is the Appalachian Trail after all. Lots of pretty wildflowers. I imagine there are some amazing views at Cow Rock but the clouds were literally on top of us the whole hike so we didn’t see any. Overall, the hike is a lot of fun with good spots for views and you get to hike on the AT.

Joanna Shaw
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This trail was correctly described as moderate- I loved all the beautiful views along the way, and look forward to hiking again in the winter when the views may be better along the ridge line. The steepest part is in the beginning, with it leveling out around Cowrock, descending shortly after, and another small ascent up to Wolf Laurel Top. Only came across a few other hikers during my visit.

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