Trail Run: ran in clockwise direction - very nice trail, well maintained. Has some good elevation changes (ups & downs), generally less strenuous than Bull Mountain climbs. 2 wide creek crossings, didn't see a way to keep from getting wet, but only knee deep. Will definitely do this trail again. Makes me want to get back up there for some mtb'ing.
Two things to note about the trail: 1. Alltrails lists it as 7.6 miles, it is actually 10 - when following the Orange blazes. 2. The location of the trailhead is way off in the map on Alltrails. It is not located on Black Mountain Rd, it is off 52 on Nimblewill Church Rd - just west of Dahlonega.
The AT/Springer to BMT loop is great. The northern end of the BMT loop is especially nice, it had a few stream crossings and was surprisingly green for January due to the rhododendron. The path to Springer as well as the famous summit was comparatively busy. I saw a few dozen people. On the BMT loop I saw less than 10. The BMT portion also had several very small campsites.
The forestry road FS-28 was pretty difficult in my sedan. I didn't even notice it on my directions since Google maps likes to call it "Winding Stair Gap Rd." Once you get on the Springer forestry road it is much better and pretty easy.
Luckily on my way out I was able to get some alternate directions from other hikers in the parking lot. If you are in a sedan, or are at all squeamish about driving on steep bumpy gravel roads, I'd suggest taking the roads into Springer from the west off of Doublehead Gap Rd instead.
My son and I hiked this trail from Springer Mountain to Three Forks. This is a nice trail and I thought it was relatively easy. The hike was enjoyable and the scenery was terrific. We crossed several streams, and the vegetation was thick and the weather was cool. We camped at Three Forks and it was terrific as we were the only ones spending the night there. This is a good trail and not very strenuous. I would also recommend hiking on to Long Creek Falls - very nice and the scenery and falls are beautiful. We hiked in Saturday morning, set up camp and hiked out Sunday morning. It was a terrific weekend.