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Water Sources & Availability

Georgia Appalachian Trail Club (GATC) monitors the quality of water as part of its Trail Management Plan.  Best practices recommend that hikers filter, boil, or chemically treat all water before consumption or use. Water purity in the backcountry cannot be guaranteed.

 

GATC is an all volunteer organization so is not able to monitor water availability on a daily basis.  Water information is updated as often as possible based on reports from credible sources but may not always be completely current.  GATC recommends that hikers replenish water supplies wherever water is available.

Please note that in colder months, some springs may freeze.

For the latest weather conditions and forecast, check the Appalachian Trail Planner site or the Appalachian Trail Weather site.

In the table below, we use the following definitions:

  • Good - Water level is in the range of normal, full flow and water collection is easily accomplished
  • Low - Collection remains easy, though may take more time or use of alternate pool or cascade.
  • Marginal - Water level is noticeably low. Collection is significantly impacted requiring more time and perhaps 'scooping' of water out of low pools.
  • Dry - Effective collection not possible. Water is very shallow or not existant. Source should be considered dry and unusable.
  Location Mile Point
Distance Off AT Water Status
Updated  
Approach Trail          
  Stream crossing 0.8 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Stream crossing 1.4 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Spring 6.7 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Black Gap Shelter 7.3 0.1 W downhill across AT from shelter Good 5/10/18  
Appalachian Trail          
  Springer Shelter 0.2 Piped spring beyond lower bear cables Good 5/10/18  
  Davis Creek 1.6 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Small Stream 2.3 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Stover Creek (1st crossing) 2.7 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Stover Creek Shelter 2.8 Spring left & behind shelter Low 5/10/18  
  Stover Creek (2nd crossing) 2.9 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Small Stream 3.2 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Stover Creek (3rd crossing) 3.8 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Three Forks 4.4 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Long Creek Falls 5.2 Blue blaze, 100 yards W Good 5/10/18  
  Hawk Mountain tent sites 7.4 End of Blue blaze past tent sites, 0.4 W Good 5/10/18  
  Stream 7.9 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Hawk Mountain Shelter 8.1 Blue Blaze behind shelter and left, 0.1 Good 5/10/18  
  Justus Creek 14.4 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Blackwell Creek 15.6 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Gooch Shelter 15.9 Blue blaze behind shelter, piped spring Good 5/10/18  
  Walden Creek 17.4 0.1 E Good 5/10/18  
  Stream 20.4 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Woody Gap 21.3 0.2 W, left of campsite on Blue Blaze Good 5/10/18  
  Spring 22.7 W of trail Low 5/10/18  
  Stream 23.4 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Lance Creek 24.5 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Small Stream 25.0 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Jarrard Gap 26.9 0.3 W along FS road Good 5/10/18  
  Woods Hole Shelter 28.1 0.2 W along Blue Blaze to shelter Good 5/10/18  
  Slaughter Creek 28.6 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Stream 30.7 0.1 W on Byron Reece trail Good 5/10/18  
  Neel Gap (Mountain Crossings) 31.7 Hostel, spigot on patio Good 5/10/18  
  Bull Gap 32.8 0.2 W Low 5/10/18  
  Rock Top Spring 34.6 On Trail Low 5/10/18  
  Baggs Creek Gap 36.0 0.1 W Good 5/10/18  
  Stream 36.2 100 Yds W Low 5/10/18  
  Whitley Gap Shelter 38.4 1.3 E of AT, Blue Blaze behind shelter Good
5/10/18  
  Hogpen Gap 38.6 0.1 E Low 5/10/18  
  Low Gap Shelter 43.2 0.1 E at shelter Good 5/10/18  
  Stream 43.5 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Stream 45.6 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Chattahoochee Gap 48.2 0.5 E downhill Low 5/10/18  
  Rocky Knob 49.8 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Blue Mountain Shelter 50.5 On Trail Low 5/10/18  
  Stream 53.5 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Stream 56.2 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Cheese Factory 56.6 0.1 W on Blue Blaze Good 5/10/18  
  Tray Mountain Shelter 58.5 Behind shelter, 0.1 Good 5/10/18  
  Steel Trap Gap 60.2 0.1 E Good 5/10/18  
  Sassafras Gap 63.2 0.1 E Low 5/10/18  
  Addis Gap 64.1 0.4 E Good 5/10/18  
  Deep Gap Shelter 66.0 0.15 E, on Blue Blaze to shelter Good 5/10/18  
  Moreland Gap 68.5 On Trail Low 5/10/18  
  Stream 69.2 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Dicks Creek Gap 69.6 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Spring 70.7 0.1 E Good 5/10/18  
  Stream 71.2 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Small Stream 73.6 On Trail Good 5/10/18  
  Plum Orchard Shelter 74.1 0.2 E just before shelter Good 5/10/18  
  Piped Spring 76.4 At tent site, on trail Low 5/10/18  
  Bly Gap 78.6 0.1 W Good 5/10/18  
    81.1 Next possible water in NC, stream