The Cabins At Helen Black Bear Resort
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So after departing sunny Ringgold, we began the first proper road-leg of our tour. This one began by retracing our steps back to Atlanta, before setting off North East towards the mountains. First stop was a little place called Winder, to meet up with some of Leah's friends - Josh & Ellie, and Paul & Rebecca. Josh is a tennis coach and had a lesson til late on so the rest of us went for ...
... some hiking, and lots of sleep! I drove here in a rainstorm which was the perfect entry. Again, this California girl can't get enough water from the sky. I've seen some rather large cascading falls, Minnehaha Falls I believe, but have most enjoyed hanging on the deck of the boathouse talking to ducks, swimming, and exploring the homes and boat houses of Murray Cove. I've looked at real estate fliers ...
... ended up staying at the shelter with another hiker who's been going about the same pace we have, Seeker). This was both a great and a terrible idea. When we finished, we were so glad we didn't have to do it the next day, but it was probably too early to be doing so many miles and our legs were really tired.
We really felt those 19 miles the next day. Since we did those extra miles, we were able to do a 13-mile day and reach ***** Creek Gap and the Top of Georgia Hostel in ...
... 13 miles. Thankfully the terrain seems like it will be pretty good, no huge changes in elevation, just the normal ups and downs.
Day 1: 9.5 miles, Springer Mountain to somewhere near Horse Gap
Day 2: 6.3 miles, near Horse Gap to Gooch Mountain Shelter
Day 3: 8.5 miles, Gooch Mountain Shelter to Lance Creek Campsite
Day 4: 13.4 miles, 7.4 miles from Lance Creek Campsite to Neel Gap, then 6 miles slackpacking from Tasnatee Gap back to Neel Gap
Day 5: Zero at Neel Gap
... it our base camp for a few days. Forest Hills Resort, 13 miles out of town is a large farm with individual log cabins that can be rented. Ours featured a hot tub, fire place, wrap-around porch and beautiful views of mountain forest. Horse riding, wagon trails and a intimate chapel are all perks of Forest Hills but we opted for the hiking trials instead. Breakfast is included but dinners can be reserved. Well worth saving ...