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Woods Hole Shelter

26.6 miles from Springer Mountain

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Woods Hole Shelter

 

Located 0.4 miles west on a blue blazed side trail, Wood's Hole shelter is a "Nantahala Shelter" design. It's a modification of the traditional "Adirondack" type shelter which retains the three-sided construction, but has a considerably extended front roof-line providing a sheltered cooking and eating area, including a picnic table. Designed by the Nantahala Hiking Club.

Wood's Hole Shelter officially opened Saturday May 2, 1998 with approximately 85 people as participants. The day began with a hike from Lake Winfield Scott up to the shelter, which is located just south of Slaughter Gap. This shelter, the only log shelter in Georgia, provides a view of both Slaughter Mountain and Blood Mountain.

For 12 years, Tillie Wood of Roswell, Georgia has been the purveyor of "trail magic" for many hikers in the Sugar Run Valley near Pearisburg, Virginia. Tillie spends three months every year welcoming hikers into her home and cooking them a bountiful breakfast. In 1997, she had 355 hikers stay in her Wood's Hole bunkhouse. The new shelter was dedicated to Tillie, and in memory of her late husband, Roy.

Water from unreliable spring along trail to shelter.

Privy. Sleeps 7.

Use the bear cables!

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Nice and newer of the GA shelters. Single level and sleeps about 6-7 hikers comfortably. Overhanging roof on bed of gravel in front of shelter with picnic tables. Shelves on outer frame of shelter.
Water source is about 3/4 of the way from the trail to the shelter and its iffy".

 This is the last shelter northbound before Blood Mountain and there is no water on Blood. So, either get some before you get to Woods Hole or take your chances.


In 2001 the forest service installed a new bear cable out in front of the shelter because of some bear "incidents". Have personally never seen a bear there but wouldn't take any chances hanging food inside the shelter with that history.  

 -Footslogger, 01-03-2003

Georgia Appalachian Trail Club