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hiking
30 days ago

Good hike. The course is a bit confusing if you don't know that the blue tags do not continue on the AT, which is marked in white. So, if you start from the trailhead and do the loop counterclockwise, it's blue to Jarrad Gap, then white for the AT, and then back to blue for Slaughter Creek to complete the loop.

Great trail, very rough climb on the way back. Saw a black bear around mile 4.4 so keep a look, apparently he likes to stay around those parts. Nice campsites all over the trail (obviously, it’s the AT!) Great intermediate backpacking trail.

Nice hike. Mostly in the shade. Better views in the fall

Most of the trail is a vehicle trail. The bridge was nice and what hiking there was was enjoyable. The description is somewhat misleading. We will visit again, but would like more accurate descriptions in the future.

hiking
1 month ago

I was expecting to park at the starting point and go from there, but there was no parking lot and no cars there. It turns on that the left (west) leg of the uploaded trail is a dirt road. We followed this road to the approx lower intersection of the two trail legs. There was no real parking lot, but a dozen parked cars. Apparently the vast majority of the people that visit this trail walk the short distance from their parked car to the bridge, stand around a bit, and walk back.

The bridge IS nice. The trail system on the other side of the bridge is also largely dirt roads, but fairly scenic.

We enjoyed the hike, but would not have made the hour plus drive if we knew this in advance.

2 months ago

It’s a great exercise trail and perfect for biking.

hiking
4 months ago

Often referred to as The Hanging Bridge Trail? We elected to drive to the trail head to the bridge. Several hikers were on the FS road and we heard that it was an easier walk then the trail it’s self. The trail from the parking to the bridge was short and well worn. Parking at the trailhead as well as back on the main road was very crowded. The reward at the end, the Swinging Bridge was beautiful and worth the effort. Due to it being spring break it was crowded and a little trashy.

hiking
4 months ago

What a great hike. We started out uphill on the Jarrard, leveling out on the AT before taking the Slaughter Creek downhill for a nice loop. The lake and creek at the end makes for a nice cool down for the dogs. Great hike for the dogs. Lots of solitude.

7 days of hard hiking, but totally Awesome. We backpacked to Albert Mountain

Should be higher than moderate

If anyone knows who the Boy Scout troop on Springer Mnt was yesterday (Feb 24, 2018) please contact me ASAP at email yirkl@yahoo.com

These guys assisted local EMS on an unfortunate event that happened on Springer and need to be recognized. Thanks to anyone that can help with this!

hiking
6 months ago

The trail itself is very nice, good grounds for exploring and getting a little solitude! I knock it two whole stars due to the extreme difficulty the road leading to the trail head in Suches, GA provides for any car that isn't a tricked out Jeep Wrangler. The drive in from the road to the trail head is probably a little over a mile, yet took me over an hour altogether to get in and out. I'd never been more grateful for a little even pavement after that!

backpacking
6 months ago

finally a nice day with no rain! The trail was wet but not muddy.
started off with Slaughter Creek Trail, (following the creek was nice) Had some views through the trees from the Appalachian Trail, had the leaves bloomed, there would not have been any. Watch your blazes, easy enough to go down the "unknown trail."
Also, F.Y.I. there is a $5 registration fee.

Amazing!
Tough yes but, totally worth it for the views and the breathtaking scenery.

Nice trail. Well marked, clean and easy to follow. Couple of views from Springer Mountain summit and a few along the way. Long Creek Falls is a good side trip just a mile up the trail from the service road trailhead.

Hiked this section of the AT at the beginning of last April. Due to my line of work, I am unable to take off an extended amount of time to allow me to thru-hike.. so I’m forced to section hike it. They claim that this is the toughest part of the Appalachian Trail. I’m not so sure about all of that, but it is rather tough in certain spots. A lot of elevation gain/loss in a short distance, but the rewards (views) are so worth it. 10/10.. after I have completed the whole trail, I’d love to do Georgia again. I like to day-hike portions of it. Preachers Rock and Blood Mountain to Neels Gap are awesome day hikes.

Terrific trail. Probably crowded when it’s not winter because it’s easy. Most anyone can do it imo.

hiking
8 months ago

This should actually be called slaughter creek/Appalachian trail/jarrard loop as the jarrard section is the shortest and the least scenic. its a great hike and you get to say you hiked the Appalachian trail, albeit for about a mile and a half.

Hiked with a small group. It was a great hike with a couple of good stopping points with a view. Truly a moderate hike.

Hiked 6 miles from Long Creek Falls with a small group. It was a great hike. The view was non existent with the trees, it was uphill the whole way and most difficult as you get closer to the end. The reason to go is to check off the beginning of the AT Trail. Once was enough but a good hike.

backpacking
9 months ago

Good trail for first time hikers. Plenty of water and campsites. Also has the option to head up to the Blood Mountain Shelter. Seems to be moderate to heavy hiking traffic with sites filling up in the fall.

Gnarly simple trail lots of hill and camp sites not much water

Gnarly simple trail lots of hill and camp sites not much water

on Toccoa River Trail

11 months ago

Definitely a moderate trail. Lots of debris on trail after the remnants of hurricane Irma blew through.

This trail isn't moderate, it's very easy.

Nice, easy trail. Well maintained.

Nice hike the hill is gradual. This trail goes out to the Toccoa suspension bridge.

Hiked here a few weeks ago, another or many many hikes on Springer. Highly recommend this section for almost any hiker as its not too strenuous.

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