Powell Mountain Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, GA
miles
LENGTH 5.3 MILES
DIFFICULTY 10.4 Medium
DURATION 2-4 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
1620
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Powell Mountain

Powell Mountain may not be the most exciting section of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, but it does offer a great view and maybe best of all, solitude. Hike southbound along the AT to catch long distance views of Lake Burton and the mountains to the east.

Park at Dick's Creek Gap and begin this hike by crossing US-76 to head south on the AT. Look for the white-blazed post immediately across from the parking lot. A couple smaller offshoots from the trail leave to the right but stay on the main path to the left.

The trail wastes no time beginning it's ascent. Climbing at rates between 700 and 900 feet/mile, this is a moderately challenging hike. The trail is kind enough to offer several breaks in the incline to catch your breath. Hike past a blue-blazed trail to the left, then another side trail to a campsite on the right.

As you approach the summit the trees thin out making way for lower ground vegetation giving you slight views through the trees. Hopefully you'll catch a good breeze on the way up.

Technically Powell Mountain is before the final dip through McClure Gap at 2.2 miles. At 2.5 miles, take the blue-blazed side trail marked with a sign for "Vista". Walk through a campsite then down to a small rocky clearing. Here you'll find long distance views to the east including Lake Burton, Black Rock Mountain, and Rabun Bald.

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length5.3 miles
difficulty10.4 Medium
duration2 - 4 hours
features Dog Friendly  Summit  Views 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeWhite (AT), Blue (Vista)
elevation gain1620 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestChattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
ranger districtChattooga River District
9975 Highway 441 S
Lakemont, GA 30552
706-754-6221
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 34.912309, -83.61884 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°54.74, W 83°37.13 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°54'44'', N 34°54'44'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.912309, -83.61884 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°54.74, W 83°37.13 most GPS units use this one
N 34°54'44'', N 34°54'44'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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This hike begins on the opposite side of the highway from the parking area.
Parking Capacity
8-12 vehicles.
Notes
Always be careful when crossing a highway. Listen for cars coming around the corner before crossing.
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hikethesouth-2 months ago
Moderately Challenging Hike to Good View
While I do think there are better more scenic sections of the AT in Georgia, many of them get quite crowded on nice weekends. Powell Mountain should be much less crowded. I only saw one other person the entire trip. The view is still really nice and worth the climb.
Medium | Hiked Fall 2018
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