Hike Leaders: Sue Harmon, Anne Hughes, & Becky McSwain
Hike Location: Andrews Cove, north of Helen, GA, on Highway 75
Outing Description: This hike will be a two-fer! Everyone will start with Hike A, which begins with a 2-mile botanical walk from Andrews Cove Campground (elev. 1820'), climbing steadily up to Indian Grave Gap (elev. 3113'), where we'll meet up with the Appalachian Trail and have lunch. After lunch, our two hike groups will separate. Hike A folks will return, backtracking the 2 miles downhill to Andrew's Cove Campground. Hike B folks will hit the AT southbound at Indian Grave Gap and climb for another 1.5 miles to the top of Rocky Mountain (elev. 4017'), where we'll pause to enjoy the views and rock outcrops and then head on down another 1.5 miles into Unicoi Gap (elev. 2949').
When you register, please indicate whether you will do the shorter "Hike A" or the longer version, "Hike B."
Hike Date: Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
Meeting Time, Place and Directions:
We'll be directly north of Helen, GA, which is located about 2 hours north of Atlanta.
Meet at 10:00am at Andrews Cove Campground, on State Highway 75, about 6.5 miles north of Helen, GA. Drive through the campground to the very back, where you should see co-leader Anne Hughes. She'll have a campsite rented where we can accommodate more parking. Google map link
Meet at 9:15am at Unicoi Gap on State Highway 75, about 10 miles north of Helen, GA. Co-leaders Sue Harmon and Becky McSwain will give hikers a ride down to Andrews Cove Campground to start the hike. Google map link
Distance and Difficulty
Hike A: A total of 4 miles, in and out, with the first 2 miles a steady climb at a moderate pace. The usual tree roots and rocks and a few small wet crossings are expected. This hike is
moderate to strenuous, as it requires steady exertion to climb 1293 feet in elevation gain over a length of two miles.
Hike B: A total of 5 miles, the first 3.5 miles a continuous climb, gaining 2197 feet in elevation, including steep stone steps. The last 1.5 miles is downhill. This hike is
Duration of Hike: We should be back to our cars by 3:00 to 4:00pm, depending on your hiking pace and choice of hikes.
Participant Limit: 20
What to Bring and Wear: Lunch, a sit-upon, plenty of water, rain gear, sturdy footwear, hiking poles if you need them. If allergic to bees/wasps, remember to bring your meds/epi-pen.
Cancellation: Participants will be notified by 6:00pm the evening before the hike if cancellation is required due to forecast of severe weather, etc.
Pet Policy: No pets, please
Family Safe Policy: Georgia ForestWatch outings are a smoke, alcohol and drug-free setting.
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Our outings are free of charge and open to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis, up to the limit.
BUT DON'T FORGET
, Georgia ForestWatch members are given early-bird priority.
*Non-members, please register on or after August 5.*
To learn how you can become a member of Georgia ForestWatch,
To Reserve Your Spot: Register
or call 706-867-0051 with the following information.
- Name of person(s)
- Your email address
- Your phone number (preferably cell if you will be carrying it on the outing day)
For more information on the hike OR if you need directions the day of the hike, contact Sue Harmon by email
or phone/text the number provided in your confirmation email.
Text or email preferred.
Upcoming Outings & Events - Mark Your Calendars
Saturday, August 5
- Snorkeling the Conasauga River -
with the US Forest Service.
$25 per person
. This event has filled.
Wednesday, August 16
- Mountain Treasures Hike at Andrews Cove and Rocky Mountain -
with Sue Harmon, Anne Hughes, and Becky McSwain
Saturday, September 16
- Family Hike (kids & dogs welcome) -
with Sally and Tom Colkett
Saturday, October 7
- Georgia ForestWatch Fall Retreat and Annual Membership Meeting at Vogel State Park