Levelland Mountain is a soft, rounded hump of a mountain crossed by the Appalachian Trail in northeastern Georgia. Among the top 25 highest mountains in Georgia, Levelland Mountain is the highpoint of Raven Cliffs Wilderness. Levelland Mountain is the first big tug northbound hikers on the AT encounter when leaving Neels Gap, and is tucked neatly between Bull Gap and Swaim Gap.
The summit is densely wooded with no views, but the enveloping forest is lovely and the wildflowers in the spring and early summer are divine.
Rank: 24th highest peak in Georgia
Prominence: 800 feet
USGS Quad: Neels Gap
Rank & Prominence Source: Lists of John
Getting There & Route Overview
The AT crosses very near summit of Levelland Mountain, and a short side-trip is required to reach the actual highpoint. Though nothing I found indicated the highpoint had been reached (such as a cairn or other marker), there were “flags” (orange tape) . As with many mountains in this region, the highpoint is rather indistinct.
From the west (AT Northbound): The peak can be accessed from the west via Neels Gap (elevation 3,109 feet) for an uphill chug, 4 miles roundtrip with 1,200 feet of gain. To reach Neels Gap from Dahlanega (about 60 miles north of Atlanta), follow U.S. 129/19 roughly 22 miles north.
|There is no fee to visit this part of the Chattahoochee National Forest and permits are not required for overnight stays in the backcountry. Please be mindful of posted Forest Service user warnings, such as “problem bear” alerts and campfire bans. Note that the Appalachian Trail is open to foot traffic only. Motorized vehicles and pack animals are not permitted. Wolf Laurel Top lies within the 9,100 acre Raven Cliffs Wilderness. Please follow LNT (Leave No Trace) principals: |
1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Camping & Lodging
AT Backpacker Camping
The nearest shelters to Levelland Mountain are the Blood Mountain Shelter (southbound) and the Whitley Gap Shelter (northbound).
The Walasi-Yi Center at Neels Gap has lodging in their historic hiker hostel. The hostel is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, lodging is available on a first come, first served basis.