Springer Mountain Trail is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ellijay, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
off road driving
Directions from Blue Ridge: Take GA Hwy. 515 .8 mile east to Windy Ridge Road. Turn right and go .2 mile to the dead end with Old US Hwy. 76. Turn left, go .2 miles to Aska Rd. Turn right and go 13.5 miles to the end of the road. Turn right on Newport Road, go 4.5 miles. Turn right onto Doublehead Gap Road and go 2 miles to Forest Service Road 42 on the left. Turn Left onto Forest Service Road 42, drive 7 miles to the AT crossing and parking area on the left.
Fun trail from three fork you get a beautiful approach along the extended AT. If you go at the right time of year you'll get to meet some through hikers departing or finishing their journey.
One of my favorites
only one Vista on a moderate trail and in bear country!
Fun hike. Missed the trail intersection and double backed.
good loop make sure you don't miss the turn on the AT going back south to parking lot
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.
The hike to the top of springer is non-strenuous with a pack on. The path is naturally lined with pyrite. There are no huge rocks to climb over. It's an easy hike.
If you are any kind of serious hiker this is a mecca that you must visit as the southern terminus of the AT. There is nothing like watching weary souls pop champagne at the end of their long trek. You can take this hike in many directions as the Benton Mckaye intersects nearby. Parking lot is easy to find and all the trails are pretty well marked. Extremely pleasant in the fall and I go back every year.
Convenient parking location located 1 mile away from primitive camp grounds. Nice starting location to hike to the falls 10 miles away. Seems to be dog friendly. Coolest thing was the sparkling trail. The jasper from the rocks broke up and lined the trail and would sparkle when the light hit it. I felt like a hobbit on a quest in middle earth.
The trail from the parking lot is less than a mile, so it's a short hike. If you'd like a longer hike you can do the 4.5 mile loop which leaves the parking lot to the North on the A.T. It soon intersects with the Benton MacKaye trail which you then take East (right). It loops around and ascends Springer Mountain from the East. There are some good views along the way. You then descend from Springer Mountain on the A.T. back to the parking lot.
If you're driving up from Atlanta and plan on taking FS 28-1 beware that it is a fairly rough road that requires a higher clearance vehicle. It could be done in a regular car with normal clearance but you will need to negotiate very carefully in a lot of places. Otherwise FS 28-1 is a beautiful road, especially in the higher elevations where it runs along a ridge line.
Short and sweet trail with a great view. Nice for a day hike and photo op