|Hike Name:||Green Mountain Trail|
|Nearby Town:||Blue Ridge|
|Directions:||From the junction of GA 5 and US 76 in Blue Ridge, take US 76 East for 0.7 miles to Windy Ridge Road. Turn right onto Windy Ridge Road and at the three-way stop, turn left and continue 0.1 miles. Then turn right onto Aska Road and drive 4.5 miles to the Deep Gap Parking Area which is on the right. The trailhead is across Aska Road.|
|Total Hike Distance:||1.90 miles|
|Hike Difficulty:||Easy to Moderate|
|Hike Type:||Roundtrip, Loop Hike|
|Hike Starts/Ends:||Deep Gap Parking Area|
|Trails Used:||Green Mountain Trail|
|Backcountry Water Sources:||None|
|Management:||U.S. Forest Service|
|Contact Information:||Chattahoochee National Forest
Toccoa Ranger District
990 East Main Street, Suite 1
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
|Best Season:||Winter, Spring, Fall|
|Road Conditions:||Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads|
|Hike Summary:||The Green Mountain Trail actually consists of several hike options including a loop from Deep Gap, a shuttle hike to Blue Ridge Lake, and a shuttle hike connecting with the Long Branch Loop Trail. This route, however, describes a loop hike from Deep Gap at Aska Road.
The trailhead is located across from the parking area at Deep Gap on the other side of Aska Road. Start at the trailhead to the right with your back to the parking area. (The trailhead to the left about 50 yards up Aska Road is where you will pop out in about an hour on this loop hike.) The Green Mountain trail gradually ascends on the southeastern side of Green Mountain on a well-marked dirt path through a canopy of hardwoods. There are excellent views of the surrounding mountains in this area (winter only).
At approximately the halfway point, the trail begins a steep ascent onto the ridge of Green Mountain. At the ridge crest, there is a wood sign and a junction with a trail leading 2.5 miles to Forest Road 711. Here you will turn left and hike back towards Deep Gap for roughly a mile. (Going straight at the ridge crest will take you down to Blue Ridge Lake which requires a car shuttle.) To complete the loop, begin a gradual decent down past the summit of Green Mountain and back to Aska Road about 50 yards from where you started.