First on our list was Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia. Second on the list was Mountain Crossings at Neel’s Gap on the Appalachian Trail. We explored both of these and added two more along our route: Helton Creek Falls and Sunrise Grocery.
“The Walasi-Yi Interpretive Center is a small stone building located along US 11/19/129 at Neel's Gap, Georgia, United States, on the eastern side of Blood Mountain. It is notable as the only place where the 2,175-mile-long Appalachian Trail passes through a man-made structure. It is currently the first mail-drop available to northbound thru-hikers that does not require one to leave the trail.
Originally a log structure built by a logging company, the building took its present form during the 1930s when it was rebuilt by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). It served as a restaurant and inn until 1965, when it was abandoned. Soon after, the building was rented by an artist group who used it until 1969 when it was again left vacant. By the mid-1970s the building was slated for demolition, but a group of conservation-minded locals lobbied successfully for its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Spared from destruction, the building served as an irregular store to hikers and tourists until 1983 when Jeff and Dorothy Hansen took over management of what became known as Mountain Crossings at Walasi-Yi. In the 1990s the stare was operated by Peggy and Justin. The building was then leased and operated by Winton Porter from 2001 to 2013. It is currently operated by Georganna Morton and Logan Seamon.
Currently, in addition to the store, the Walasi-Yi center offers hostel and cabin rentals. These rooms are at a premium in early spring when the vast majority of northbound thru-hikers are traveling through northern Georgia.”
to help them make a successful trek to Maine.