Appalachian Approach Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews

Appalachian Approach Trail is a 16.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Dawsonville, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
16.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4599 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
22 hours ago

backpacking
1 day ago

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

My wife and I chose this as a gear shakedown hike prior to our 2018 Flip-Flop. Springer is a beautiful place to spend the night. No bears, heard they moved on last week. Coming back day 2 we really disliked the over 400 metal stairs at the falls, even more than going up them (lol).

1 month ago

Loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

This was a great fitness rep ahead of my A.T. section hike. It had been 12 years since my previous hike and it tested me well. I stayed on Amicalola Mountain (mile 4.4) the first night and completed it the following day. A great test for the noob or the experienced.

2 months ago

This is a great trail - I would rate it as hard, mostly due to the distance and multiple ups and downs. Great workout. I camped at the amecolia campgrounds and hiked this out and back two days in a row - was a bit too sore / tired to try for a third day.

hiking
2 months ago

Did it with a big group and it was a fun hike. Definitely need a day to do that and also recommend a good meal to treat yourself afterwards. The trail itself us a lot of small ups and downs. Most of the trail is in shade which makes it quite comfortable in the summer. The stairs at the beginning is probably the most intense part, and one in my group got a bit light headed when she was up - low blood sugar.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Some challenging gains but good for trail running. A solid test today.

4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

I did a one way on this in 1991 coming from the AT on a southern route. All I remember is the downhill. We were out of water due to the water sources being dry and kept hiking late into the night before we hit a source. I could definitely see why so many people quit the AT on this approach.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago