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Poor Mountain
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Poor Mountain

 
Poor Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Georgia, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 34.74650°N / 83.8259°W

Object Title: Poor Mountain

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 3660 ft / 1116 m

 

Page By: Sarah Simon

Created/Edited: Dec 22, 2011 / Dec 22, 2011

Object ID: 767107

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Overview

 
Flame Azalea
Flame Azalea


Poor Mountain sits just off of the Appalachian Trail between White Oak Stamp Gap to the south and Wide Gap to the north. It is separated from Strawberry Top by the minor Sapling Gap. Poor Mountain is a subtle, low-key peak blanketed in dense forest (mostly hardwood). In the springtime, a riot of ground=hugging wildflowers blooms and azalea and mountain magnolia blossoms virtually spill off of their branches.

The mountain is readily accessible from GA 348 at Hog Pen Gap, yet buffered by enough wilderness to give a feeling of quiet remoteness.

Rank: Unranked
Prominence: 160 feet
USGS Quadrant: Cowrock
Planning Map: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy Chattahoochee National Forest Springer Mountain to Bly Gap GEORGIA

Rank & Prominence: Lists of John

Getting There & Route Information

 
Route Map
 


Poor Mountain is in northeastern Georgia, roughly 150 miles northeast of Atlanta. The nearest major airport is the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. http://www.atlanta-airport.com/, currently the busiest airport in the world. The nearest crossroad to Poor Mountain is GA 348.

DRIVING
From US 19/129 at Neels Gap
Neels Gap is 14 miles south of Blairsville and 19 miles north of Cleveland.
• Travel north on US19/129 less than 3 miles to Hwy 180.
• Turn right on Hwy 180.
• Travel a few more miles to Hwy 348 on your right.
• Follow Hwy 348 south to Hog Pen Gap.

HIKING
From Hog Pen Gap, travel northbound on the AT.
Roundtrip Distance: 4.1 miles
NET Elevation Gain: 600 feet (cumulative gain much higher)

Reaching the top of Poor Mountain requires a side-step from the Appalachian Trail. The brush is reasonable by southern Appalachian standards, though there are briers to contend with.
Reasonable brush to summit
Reasonable brush to summit
Welcome to Hog Pen Gap
Welcome to Hog Pen Gap

Red Tape

 
Wild-looking tree
Wild-looking tree close-up
 
Crazy Tree
Crazy tree near summit


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. Poor Mountain lies within the 16,400 acre Mark Trail Wilderness. Please practice 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

Additionally, within the Mark Trail Wilderness, dogs must be leashed at all times.

Camping

 
Trail Across Summit Area
Northbound toward summit area
 
Trail Across Summit Area
Trail across summit area


AT Backpacker Camping
Poor Mountain is roughly equidistant between two AT shelters.

Whitley Gap Shelter: This small shelter sleeps only about 6 people and requires a 1.2 mile side-trip from the main AT corridor.

Low Gap Shelter: This small shelter sleeps roughly 7 people and requires a very short, downhill walk to the shelter off of the main AT corridor. Plenty of tent spots are available nearby.

Weather & Seasons

Wild dwarf iris
Wild dwarf iris
Wild Geranium
Wild Geranium
Mountain Magnolia Blossom
Mountain Magnolia Blossom



Click for Hiawassee, Georgia Forecast Spring and Fall are considered by many the most pleasant time to visit the Southern Appalachians.

Spring: In the Spring, daytime temperatures and warm and evenings are cool while the flowering shrubs are in bloom and the waterfalls are running. Water sources such as springs are most reliable this time of year.

Fall: In the fall, the broadleaf deciduous trees put on a bright display of autumn color, though waterfalls may not be as impressive and springs and other water sources less reliable. The air is cooler and crisper and visibility should be prime for long-range views.

Summer: in this part of the country can be oppressively hot and humid and even the higher elevation and ample tree cover will not keep the hiker from feeling overheated, sticky and dirty. High humidity and haze plus deep leaf cover mean limited long-range vistas, though it is in summer that the term “temperate rainforest” will have the most meaning to and be most appreciated by the visitor.

Winter: in the South Appalachians can range from cool and damp to cold and severe with bouts of deep snow following major storms. In other words, while this range may be relatively low in elevation and southern in latitude, mountains are still mountains and can bring unpredictable and potentially dangerous weather.
Mark Trail Wilderness
Mark Trail Wilderness

Images

Crazy TreeWild-looking treeTrail Across Summit AreaReasonable brush to summitMountain Magnolia BlossomFlame AzaleaFlame Azalea
Trail Across Summit AreaPoor MountainWild dwarf irisRoute MapWild GeraniumWelcome to Hog Pen GapMark Trail Wilderness