Plum Orchard Shelter (via Dicks Creek Gap)

Location: North Georgia
Trip Starts: Dicks Creek Gap (US 76)
Trip Ends: Dicks Creek Gap (US 76)
Total Distance: 9.4 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Trails Used: Appalachian Trail
Trail Traffic: Light
Trip Type: Day Hike
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Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
1755 Cleveland Highway
Gainesville, GA 30501
770 297-3000


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 Chattahoochee National Forest was created when the Forest Service purchased 31,000 acres in Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin and Union Counties from the Gennett family in 1911 for $7.00 per acre. In the beginning, the Chattahoochee was part of the Nantahala and Cherokee National Forests in North Carolina and Tennessee, but eventually the Forest Service made additional land purchases and expanded the Chattahoochee to its current size of nearly 750,000 acres.

The hike to Plumb Orchard Shelter is an in-and-out, backtrack trip that can be done as either a day or overnight hike. This approach starts from Dicks Creek Gap at U.S. 76 and follows the Appalachian Trail northbound up and over Little Bald Knob and Buzzard Knob.  From Buzzard Knob, the Appalachian Trail then drops to Bull Gap, makes a brief climb then drops ~700 feet to Plum Orchard Shelter which was has an interesting three level platform structure that was build in 1992. The U.S. Army Rangers helped fly the shelter in to this remote location via helicopter, and there are a few campsites and a well built privy nearby. The creek you cross in the last few steps to the shelter is your water source, so tread lightly.

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