High above the township community of Suches, in upper southwestern corner of Union County along GA/60 is Woody Gap, named after Ranger Woody who served the National Forest Service in this region from 1911 to 1945.
The gap lies within a beautiful setting along the ancient Blue Ridge Mountain Range overlooking North Georgia’s Yahoola Valley, the Dahlonega Gold Belt, as well as the foothills and vast piedmont below. There’s a beautiful little picnic table setting at the vast overlook view, and a kiosk next to the trail.
Two kiosks and restrooms are located across the roadway. One kiosk is for the Chattahoochee National Forest, and the other for the renowned Appalachian Trail (white blazes), which passes through the Gap here on its journey northward from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Mount Katahdin, Maine. This is a great location with spacious parking for day trips, overnight or longer backpacking excursions.
From the Gap a moderate 1-mile hike leads to a rock overlook of Big Cedar Mountain at 3,737-feet. In addition hikers can access from the Gap, a 1 1/2-mile hike to a southerly view of Yahoola Valley from the top of Ramrock Mountain at 3,200-feet. There’s also a side trail leading up to an observation fire-tower
Trail Rating: moderate in difficulty