Appalachian Trail (Section #5)

Cowrock to Jacks Gap
Located 8.3 miles from Helen, Georgia (GA)
4 Stars
23,324 Steps 1  (10.3 mi)
Appalachian Trail: [ #001 - #212 ]


The Appalachian Trail (Section #5) has a maximum elevation of 3,786 ft (1,154 m), a minimum elevation of 3,032 ft (924 m), and an elevation range of 754 ft (230 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
23,32410.3 mi3,032 ft3,786 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
5.6 hrs62.8754 ft838 ft
[ B to A ]
5.6 hrs69.8838 ft754 ft

What is the length of the Appalachian Trail Section #5?

The length of the Appalachian Trail Section #5 is 10.3 mi (16.6 km) or 23,324 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Appalachian Trail Section #5?

A person in good physical health can hike the Appalachian Trail Section #5 in 5.6 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 5.6 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Appalachian Trail Section #5 while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Cowrock to Jacks Gap topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Coosa Bald, GA
  2. North Topo Map: Jacks Gap, GA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Tray Mountain, GA
  4. West Topo Map: Neels Gap, GA
  5. Topo Map: Cowrock, GA
  6. East Topo Map: Helen, GA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Dahlonega, GA
  8. South Topo Map: Cleveland, GA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Leaf, GA

Is there an Appalachian Trail map for Section #5?

Yes, and they're free! The Appalachian Trail Section #5 is located on the Cowrock and Jacks Gap topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

AT005T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Appalachian Trail Section #5 that you can download and view in Google Maps®, Google Earth® and Garmin® handheld GPS devices including the eTrex®, Colorado and Montana series.


  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.