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    Default Blood mountain to Hogpen Gap

    Does anyone know of the water situation here?

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    In summary, bad.

    This is from oct 24, and no rain since then.

    WATER UPDATE STILL NO RAIN


    DRY! DRY!!DRY!!
    WE NEED RAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have been trying very hard to get all of this right. I want to THANK YOU ALL for helping me try to keep this accurate. I'm only mentioning the outages.
    Starting the Approach Trail NORTHBOUND
    ALL SOURCES ON THE APPROACH TRAIL ARE DRY
    Springer is almost dry for a second time
    Hawk Mt. Shelter(mm 8.1) is LAST WATER UNTIL JUSTUS CREEK(mm 14.4)
    Jarrard Gap(mm 26.7) Dry
    Woods Hole Shelter(mm 28.2) Dry
    Slaughter Creek Dry
    Bull Gap(mm 32.8) Dry
    Swain Gap(mm 34.6) Dry
    Whitley Gap Shelter 1.2 miles off trail(mm 38.4) Dry
    Hogpen Gap(mm 38.6) Dry
    Poplar Stamp Gap, Dry
    Cold Springs Gap, GA: right around here, there's a nice stream of water coming from up the hill, it goes through a culvert under the trail; flowing strong & cold!
    Chattahoochee Gap (Jacks Knob Trail), GA: a trickle
    Blue Mountain Shelter, GA: DRY
    Deep Gap Shelter, GA: low water level coming from the hill
    Cheese Factory water update.


    Cheese Factory water source is dry


    BUT


    Follow the water sign to the road and go left. 300 yards right of the road there's a Creek following.


    Moreland Gap, GA: Dry
    Dicks Creek Gap, GA: Low
    Bly Gap, GA: Dry
    Muskrat Creek Shelter, NC: good water
    White Oak Stamp, NC: Dry
    Winding Stair Gap: Dry (waterfall north on the trail maybe still flowing)
    BOTTOM LINE IS DON'T PASS UP WATER
    Carry spare bladders

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    Trail is closed between Neel and Hogpen

    https://www.appalachiantrail.org/hom.../trail-updates
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    Is the day hike to Blood mountain shelter still open?

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    I was under the impression that they had reopened the trail to Hogpen?

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    Does anyone have any water situation updates? Planning to do a hike from Woody Gap to Dick's Creek starting next Saturday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soumodeler View Post
    I was under the impression that they had reopened the trail to Hogpen?
    Yes, it is open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatMan View Post
    Yes, it is open.
    But there is no water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tennessee Viking View Post
    Trail is closed between Neel and Hogpen

    https://www.appalachiantrail.org/hom.../trail-updates
    The link shows the trail is not closed until you get to mile 69.9 NOBO. Nell Gap is at 31. Can someone clarify? I'd like to hike from Neel Gap going north. If it is open, maybe the smoke is too thick. It's even coming down here into Alpharetta.

    Thanks.

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    I'm in the same boat as you FreeGoldRush - trying to figure out if this is hikeable and if there is water sources available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeGoldRush View Post
    The link shows the trail is not closed until you get to mile 69.9 NOBO. Nell Gap is at 31. Can someone clarify? I'd like to hike from Neel Gap going north. If it is open, maybe the smoke is too thick. It's even coming down here into Alpharetta.

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    i think that's because the content on that link changes. I believe the trail has re-opened N of Neels and apparently up until Dick's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeGoldRush View Post
    The link shows the trail is not closed until you get to mile 69.9 NOBO. Nell Gap is at 31. Can someone clarify? I'd like to hike from Neel Gap going north. If it is open, maybe the smoke is too thick. It's even coming down here into Alpharetta.

    Thanks.
    That section is reopened now. Closed till just a few days ago.

    ATC should be updating closures almost daily. So check the ATC site daily.
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