Preaching Rock is one of the easiest sections of the Appalachian Trail to get to, as well as an easy hike with a great payoff. This is one of the most popular hikes in North Georgia.
Upon arriving at Woody Gap, you will want to start the trail from the parking lot on the right side of the road. (The left side of the road has the Woody Gap sign.)
The Appalachian Trail is marked with white 2″x6″ rectangles (blazes) on trees and other landmarks. Starting this trail, you will notice a blue rectangle trail leading to the left (this is to a watersource) and a white trail going straight. Follow the white blazes. It’s a fairly easy mile hike with gentle rolls throughout the forest. Towards the end, the trail makes a moderate to strenuous switchback up to Preaching Rock, your destination. The large rock outcrop makes an excellent place for a picnic while you are entertained with the limitless mountains as far as the eye can see.
From the Lodge, take a left on Camp Wahsega road (heading back to town). When you reach the stop sign, turn left onto BUS 19. Follow BUS 19 for 2 miles to the stop sign. Take a left onto HWY 60 / 19. Follow until 60 and 19 split. You will notice a large pile of rocks in the intersection of the road. This is a Cherokee Indian princess’s burial called Trahlyta’s Grave. Follow HWY 60 to the top of the mountain. On the left parking lot you will see the large Woody Gap sign. Park on the right side of the road to hike to Preaching Rock.