Springer Mountain Loop Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ellijay, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
This loop is made up of portions of both the Benton MacKaye Trail and the Appalachian Trail, with a visit to the summit of Springer Mountain.
Great loop trail starting at the Appalachian Trail access parking lot up to Springer mountain to the Southern terminus of the AT then along the AT and back via the Benton MacKaye Trail. Don't miss the scenic view of the mountains along the BMT.
good loop don't miss the turn getting back on the AT
great little loop trail! as someone said before, pay attention or you could get turned around. I had to check my GPS for my mileage count a couple times to make sure I didn't miss anything. BMT was beautiful! highly recommend and would do it again
It was a great little loop but pay close attention or you may get turned around and miss a turn.
the southern terminus of the Appalachian trail from Amicalola state Park was a tough hike but worth the effort.
Loved this hike today! We experienced peak Fall foliage and nice cool 50 degree temps hiking across three creeks and through a beautiful wall of rhododendrons. The 5.1 mile loop took 3 hours that included our stopping for a roughly 20-minute lunch. Near the double-diamond marker follow the signage to the scenic view. It is a stunning valley of rolling hills and leaf colors.
For spot-on driving directions to the trailhead and for finding and staying on the loop trail, refer to this site:
Hiked this 9/19/15 - perfect weather. Despite seeing an elevation profile before doing it, we were still a bit taken aback by how quick/easy it was to the top of Springer from the trailhead. It definitely did not feel like climbing a mountain. The rest of the loop - the Benton Mackaye and the brief bit on the Appalachian Trail were nice though. If you are looking for an easy-moderate hike this is a good one. Not sure it was worth the 2.5 hour drive for me, but everyone is different. Also, if you haven't been to the area to hike before, be prepared to travel a fair distance on dirt/gravel roads (which mountain bikers like to use). The road is in decent shape for most of it - any car can handle it - but I wasn't expecting to be on it so long.
we hiked this loop today! getting to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail was incredible! didn't see any bears, we were hoping to, but nope. the view was incredible!
Great view. bring a map. The trail can be a little tricky. Watch for bears
definitely some bear action- make sure you don't get turned around in the woods.