Appalachian Approach Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews

Appalachian Approach Trail is a 16.1 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
16.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4225 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Did this on a day hike, all the way from the visitors center. The stairs are not easy, even with just a light pack. The falls and initial scenery are breathtaking. The walk going up kind of fools you with how it seems easier than it actually is. Your sore feet will remind you of how much climbing you really did. Coming back was faster, but not easier. The stairs coming back down are a joy (not).

hiking
2 months ago

The stairs are something else. Nothing like 700 stairs on day 1!

hiking
4 months ago

Was a little dumb to try to squeeze this in in a half day but I survived. Was carrying just a small day pack with some clothes and water. Up and back took just under 7 hours but I was flying on the way up as I felt time pressure to finish before dark. Paid for it on the way down, I was blasted the last 5 miles or so and those down stairs at the end were miserable. But it's the good kind of sore.

Was fun to see and chat with a number of thru-hikers just starting their adventure, I was very glad I didn't have a heavy pack!

hiking
7 months ago

Definitely plan on leaving before sunrise if you plan on going to Springer and back in one day. It took me and a buddy 12 hours round trip. The views on the Approach trail aren’t the best. No real outcroppings or overlooks to stop at till you hit the southern terminus. However, if you take the lime green blazed Hike Inn Trail you’ll find a couple clearings with unobstructed views of the mountains in the distance. We ended taking this path on the way out and I recommend you take this way up if you want a more enjoyable accent.
Oh, and make sure you bring a water filter if you drink LOTS of water like me. I carry a 3L camelbak and I ran out shortly after reaching Springer Mountain. There’s a couple of watering holes on the way or if you can wait you can fill up at the Hike Inn.

backpacking
9 months 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).

9 months ago

Loved it!

backpacking
10 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.

10 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
10 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.

11 months ago

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

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

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.

backpacking
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Tough hike up to Springer Mountain but worth the views!

hiking
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Good long day hike! We started at springer mountain and hiked our wAy down to the beginning thinking it would be easier....no :/ it sucked so much at points but it was so so fun and nice to get to be one with nature

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