Woody Gap - Gooch Gap - A.T. - GA

February 15, 2005

HIKERS - Terry Doyle, Jack Jacobi, Dick Metzgar, Wayne Miller, Bob Presley, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Dan Ross, Bob Thompson, Geri Whitaker and David Whitaker.

TRAIL INFO. - Today's hike was on the Appalachian Trail starting at Woody Gap GA and hiking beyond Gooch Gap and back.

This portion of the Appalachian Trail includes lots of flat walking along ridges but it also features a couple of nice mountains to climb giving it a moderate difficulty rating. It features nice mountain views and a beautiful walk through the forest filled primarily with Oak, Poplar and Hickory.

Total round trip hiking distance - 8.0 mi.

Directions: Take Hwy. 129 N from Cleveland, GA for about 15 mi. then turn left at Turner's Corner and travel several miles to Hwy 60 (rock pile) turn right and drive to the top of the mountain at Woody Gap.

Another great day for a hike! Mostly cloudy with temperatures ranging from the low to mid 50's F.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Tufted Titmouse, Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Crow, Black Vulture, Pileated Woodpecker.


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Our starting point on the Appalachian Trail.
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Our parking lot.
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Immediately, we are treated to an awesome view to the southwest.
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We plan to go a bit beyond Gooch Gap and return.
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A mile or so into the hike!
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Another beautiful morning view!
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Hiking through the tall hardwood forest of
the Georgia Apalachian Trail.
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Just think, .....If you want to, you can follow these famous white
rectangular trail markers for 2,200 miles!
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Here at our lunch spot, we share
some stories before returning to Woody Gap.
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Geri Whitaker,
David Whitaker, Bob Thompson, Terry Doyle,
Wayne Miller, Jack Jacobi, Dan Ross, Bob Presley,
Dick Metzgar, Donna Presley and Tony Presley.


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