Location: North Georgia
Trip Starts: Lake Winfield Scott
Trip Ends: Lake Winfield Scott
Total Distance: 2.4 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Trails Used: Jarrard Gap Trail
Trail Traffic: Light
Trip Type: Day or Overnight Hike
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Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
1755 Cleveland Highway
Gainesville, GA 30501
770 297-3000


Lake Winfield Scott is a man-made reservoir located near Suches, GA. It was built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in the early 1940’s, and was named for General Winfield Scott, a 19th century U.S. Army General. The U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area includes both the lake and a campground with two trails that lead to the Appalachian Trail.

This hike follows the Jarrard Gap Trail to the Appalachian Trail at Jarrard Gap. The trailhead is located near the boat ramp to the lake, and the route follows a heavily forested trail to a backcountry campsite at Jarrard Gap. A spring is located nearby – so the area is frequently used by backpackers. A well worn forest road crosses the gap, so watch the trail carefully as you approach the junction of the Jarrard Gap Trail and Appalachian Trail.

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