Springer Mountain Trail is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ellijay, GA 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
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
This is a great leg stretch that I do pretty regularly. Many times I park at 3 forks and hike a longer loop up to the summit of springer and take the right on the BMT to a second overlook that looks looks south. On a clear day you can clearly see stone mountain and kennesaw mountain. You can also park in the springer mountain parking lot and shorten your hike to make it more kid friendly.
Great hike from Amicoalia Falls to Springer Mountain. I'm not an experienced hiker but my cousin/trail guide instructed me how to manage this hike. It was approx 15 miles and took a little over 6 hours to complete. It was a hard push near the top of Springer and we were determined to see the southern terminus of the AT. There were a few decent viewpoints along the way but maily it was the destination that made it worth the effort.
OK FOR DOGS IF CAREFUL. I did a short section of the downhill trail from the Forest Service parking lot and, also the 'in and out' hike to the summit of Springer with my two German Shepherds. It was a hot day and, while the hike to the summit isn't too steep, it was still a punishing climb for the dogs in the warm weather. Definitely pack water for the pups. The trail is rocky and narrow at many places with a steep drop-off to one side. Climbing the trail with two dogs tethered to my lumbar pack required holding the leashes fairly short and, a slow careful ascent/descent along much of the trail to prevent any falls. A dog could easily pull you over the side, probably not a good hike for a hyper pup. Fortunately, my 5 y/o shepherd is a sure-footed natural-born lead dog on the trail. (He didn't learn that in Florida!) The views at the summit are limited by scrubby tree growth and, dependent on weather. It was fairly hazy when we were there and this limited the distance of the vista.
The drive up to a parking area on a forest service road is a long 7-ish miles but, it's a good gravel road, easy with AWD and possible in a car if taken slowly; there's some washboarding as expected. We were there on a Sunday and it was busy with tourists, dayhikers and, several parties starting a northerly hike of the AT. The hike to the summit starts across the forest service road from the parking area; the northerly AT is accessed directly from the parking area. Many AT hikers leave their packs at the parking lot, do the ascending loop to Springer and back, returning for their packs to continue on the AT.
Nice short trail, easy hike, nice view, but limited to looking West.