Justus Creek

Location: North Georgia
Trip Starts: USFS 42
Trip Ends: USFS 42
Total Distance: 6.1 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Trails Used: Appalachian trail
Trail Traffic: Light
Trip Type: Overnight
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Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
1755 Cleveland Highway
Gainesville, GA 30501
770 297-3000

Justus Creek

The Chattahoochee National Forest is one of two National Forests in the State of Georgia, and it takes its name from the Chattahoochee River whose headwaters begin in the North Georgia mountains. The River and the area were given the name by the English settlers who heard it from the Indians that once lived here.

The short hike on the Appalachian Trail is located at Cooper’s Gap in north Georgia. It begins at USFS 42 and climbs over Justus Mountain (3212 feet), drops briefly on the A.T., then climbs again to Ball Mountain (2704 feet). From here, it’s a short decent down to Justus Creek and a campsite bearing the same name with a few areas for tents. The area is heavily wooded and the water source is the creek.

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