Neel Gap South Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

1.8
FIETS
8.1 mi
DISTANCE
1,842 ft
GAINED
3.8 %
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This is a fairly tame climb on a fairly busy state highway. The steepest half-mile segment reaches only 3.6% and is easily manageable. If you only have time for a couple of the gaps, we’d recommend Hogpen and Wolfpen long before Neel Gap. We include this page primarily for those assessing the gaps included in the annual Six Gap ride summarized in more detail below.
Average grade is 3.6% (4.3% climb only) and the bulk of the climb is at 0-10%, with 38% at 0-5% and 51% at 5-10%.  The steepest quarter-mile is 6.8% and steepest mile 6.2%.

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Roadway:  Two lane highway in good condition with a narrow shoulder most of the climb.

Traffic:  Mild to mild-moderate. 

Parking:  Either at the top and ride down to the bottom and start, or ask to park at Riverside Tavern at the start of the climb (MapStreet View). 
Provisions:  Turner's Corner General Store 3/10ths of a mile west on Highway 19 (Map).
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Consider doing an out and back for both sides of Neel Gap - 22 miles with 2,753' gained (Map). 

Neel Gap is one of the gaps included in the 103.8 mile/11,230 vertical feet Six Gap Century (Neel Gap, Hogpen Gap, Unicoi Gap, Jack’s Gap, Wolfpen Gap, and Woody Gap). A route map of the Six Gap Century can be found here.

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Cycling Neel Gap South, Georgia - bike parked next to wooden sign on post pointing to Neel Gap

Cycling Neel(s) Gap South, Georgia

Ride 7.9 miles gaining 1,616’ at 3.6% average grade. 

This is a fairly tame climb on a fairly busy state highway.  The steepest half mile segment reaches only 6.3% and is easily manageable.  If you only have time for a couple of the gaps, we’d recommend Hogpen and Wolfpen long before Neels Gap.  We include this page primarily for those assessing the gaps included in the annual Six Gap ride summarized in more detail below.

Cycling Neel Gap South, Georgia - photo collage, bike parked next to road sign for steep grade, two-lane highway road, dense foliage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

Neels Gap is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Neels Gap is one of the gaps included in the 103.8 mile/11,230 vertical feet  Six Gap Century (Neels Gap, Hogpen Gap, Unicoi Gap, Jack’s Gap, Wolfpen Gap, and Woody Gap).  A route map of the Six Gap Century can be found here.

While this is not the most scenic or challenging of the six Gaps, it is the only one with an information/gift shop at the top.  The climb is on Blood Mountain and is within Vogel State Park in the Chattahoochee National Forest.  Vogel State Park was established in 1931, is the second oldest Georgia State Park, and consists of 233 acres.

Cycling Neel Gap South, Georgia - photo collage, Appalachian Trail crossing Neels Gap, informational signs and plaques, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

The Appalachian Trail crosses Neels Gap.

Cycling Neel Gap South, Georgia - bike parked in front of historical sign for Blood Mountain

Blood Mountain is the highest peak of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.

Cycling Neel Gap South, Georgia - inside and outside views of Neel Gap Information Center and Gift Shop, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

Neel Gap Information Center and Gift Shop.