AT Geogia Segment 1 Day 3 Hike
Gooch Mtn Shelter to Woody Gap and Cedar Mtn (5.0/6.0 miles)
DAY 3 - Our last day of hiking took us from Gooch Mtn Shelter
to Woody gap where three in our party had planned on picking up their
vehicles and heading home to Forida. That hike was 5.0 miles and was
around 1 p.m. My son and I drove a couple of miles
from Woody Gap 2.0 miles to Wolf Pen Gap Store, which has sandwiches
and pizza as well as operating an overnight hostel. We found out the
owner will also shuttle,
which we used a few months later when we
returned for our second AT segment. After devouring a pizza at
the store, we drove back to Woody gap to hike the extra mile up Cedar
Mtn to Preacher's Rock. Scroll down....
to break camp at Gooch Mtn after morning coffee, and then a fairly easy
hike on our way to Woody Gap, sharing a large log to rest with other
hikers we met from Atlanta area. The camping spot was typical of
quite a few places where you
could setup camp between shelters, with the only draw back being there usually wasn't water nearby.
we neared our descent toward Woody Gap, the views between the trees
bacam more spectacular. One last group pose before heading our separate
needed calories at Wolfpen Gap Store before heading up Cedar Mtn from
Woody Gap. The one mile climb to the top was fairly difficult, but we
arrived at a great spot to camp behind Preacher's Rock overlook. The
large boulder had a natural
rock overhang where others had made a
huge firepit. This was our final night of camping and was our first
time setting up camp with no other campers around.
pano above was taken around 9 a.m. the next morning as we prepared to
head back down to Woody gap and head home to the Orlando Florida area.
A great view to cap off a fantastic first segment of the