Fire Damage Alert
(1/3/2017) Please be extra vigilant when entering burned areas along the A.T. north of Neel Gap to the Georgia/North Carolina border (and beyond to the Nantahala River in North Carolina). Although recently opened burned sections of the A.T. have been checked for hazards it is very important to continue to be very careful about trees or tree limbs which could fall—be sure to look above where you plan to camp and look out the same distance as the trees around you are tall to inspect for possible hazards. Even when hiking, particularly when it is windy, be aware that additional trees or limbs may fall.
A.T. has re-opened from Neel Gap (mile 31.4) to Tesnatee Gap (mile 37.4)
(12/30/16) This 6-mile section that had been closed in late December due to the Swain Cove Fire re-opened 12/28/16.
Bear canisters seasonally required for camping between Jarrard Gap and Neel Gap
(unknown date - present) A new U.S. Forest Service rule requires approved bear-resistant storage containers for overnight camping on a 5-mile stretch of the A.T. in the Chattahoochee National Forest between Jarrard Gap and Neel Gap, between March 1 and June 1 each year. This stretch is located between points 26.7 and 31.7 miles north of the southern terminus of the A.T. at Springer Moutain, Georgia, and includes Woods Hole Shelter, Slaughter Creek Campsite, and Blood Mountain Shelter. “Bear canisters” should be used to store food, food containers, garbage and toiletries. For more information, call the Chattahoochee - Oconee National Forest at (770) 297-3000.