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GAWP First Annual Chattahoochee Headwaters Pilgrimage and Wine Tasting

Annual Chattahoochee Headwaters Pilgrimage and Wine Tasting

 Export to Your Calendar 10/12/2019
When: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Hike 9:30 AM until 2:30 PM; wine tasting 3:00 PM until
Where: Jack's Gap
Union County
United States
Contact: Susana Lanier

Online registration is available until: 10/11/2019
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Do you know where your water comes from? If you have ever lived or worked in Atlanta, it was most likely sourced from the Chattahoochee River. This October, join your fellow GAWP members on the first Annual Chattahoochee Headwaters Pilgrimage and Wine Tasting—remember, without water we wouldn’t have wine! While the leaves are changing, a hike will be led through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northeast Georgia to the headwater spring of the Chattahoochee River. This adventure will begin at Jack’s Gap off highway 180 (1 hr 45 min from Atlanta) and wind 2.5 miles up and down (but mostly up!) Jack’s Gap Trail until it intersects the Appalachian Trail. From there, a wooden sign (marked with a blue “W” for water) points downhill towards a simple mountain spring—the origin of the mighty Hooch! We will take a respite at the headwaters for a bite to eat before backtracking to the parking lot. Once back, we will continue to one of the local wineries for an afternoon of relaxation and comradery.

The hike’s difficulty should be considered moderate to strenuous. The roundtrip hike is a total of five miles of rugged trail and the elevation change is significant; it’s not recommended for children below the age of eight. For anyone interested in the hike or wine tasting but not both, an alternate attraction for either of these events is Brasstown Bald just north of Jack’s Gap. Brasstown Bald is the highest elevation point in Georgia, with beautiful views, a shuttle to the peak, and a small visitors fee.


  • Date: October 12 with a backup date of October 19 in case of inclement weather.
  • Starting Point:  Jack’s Gap ( about 1 hr 45 min drive from Atlanta.
  • Parking: There is limited side road parking near Jack’s Gap where the Brasstown Bald Visitor Center sign is located.  Carpooling is recommended.
  • Guides: Your trip leaders have a passion for hiking and are proud GAWP members.  Wiley “Fuego Borrego” Helm has hiked the full length of the Appalachian Trail. Michael Diaz has hiked the Grand Canyon and the “Path of the Gods.”
  • Winery: Paradise Hills, Winery Resort & Spa ( is the closest and usually closes around 6 PM.  Feel free to spend a night on your own.
  • Water and Food: Pack a lunch, snacks, and water for the hike.
  • Gear: Wear comfortable hiking clothing, especially shoes.  Weather can always change so be prepared.
  • Trail Map:
  • Schedule: Times below are approximate as it depends on the pace of the group. More information will be sent later via email.


 (Participants will be required to sign a waver onsite the day of the event)