Appalachian Trail: Black Mountain to Springer Mountain

HARD 22 reviews

Appalachian Trail: Black Mountain to Springer Mountain is a 21 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Dahlonega, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
21.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5482 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

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trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

4 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

Love the views! Very challenging mountains but glad to be going north bound to Blood Mt. Make sure you stop by Neel Gap store. Great hiking gear and lots of hiking boots outside in trees.

5 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

Beast mode, super strenuous and overall a bear to complete, make it a 2 day trip for sure. Also check out Redbeard on YouTube as he documents the AT.

8 months ago

backpacking
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Completed this section during a section hike from Springer to Woody Gap. It was a bit tough, but even carrying a 40lb pack I didn't feel it was as bad as most people say. Then again, I had been training with my pack at Stone/Kennesaw/Sawnee for a few months before.

Be sure to camel up before hitting the trail. There is no reliable water on the trail until you reach Justus Creek. There is USUALLY some trail magic water jugs at Cooper Gap, but you should NEVER rely on other people's generosity. If you're lucky, there may be a huge mobile water tank at Cooper Gap if the Army are out doing their wargames thing.

Sasafrass and Justus pack a back to pack one-two punch, but just pace yourself and you'll be fine.

When I reached Justus Creek, there were only 5 people there. Within 20 minutes, there were easily 20 people there, washing clothes in the water, wading,etc. I opted to wait until Gooch Shelter to get water since I had experienced the trail magic at Cooper Gap. I wish more people would learn and PRACTICE LNT principles.

Be sure to take time to check out the views from Ramrock Mountain a couple of miles before you get to Woody Gap!

hiking
Saturday, May 07, 2016

Friday, May 06, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

I loved this hike, but it was hard!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The view is just behind the shelter on Blood Mountain and the stone steps down the mountain are worthy of thanking the trail maintainers for.

hiking
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Did this section with a friend of mine as part of a weekend hike. Even thought it was raining, it was beautiful and challenging. Trail wasn't too crowded. Really I live for hikes like this one, it was well worth making the trip out for. The leaves were changing color and it was a perfect cool temp for hiking. It really didn't get any better.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Done this trail twice. A little tough but has nice views

hiking
Sunday, March 29, 2015

Saturday, March 07, 2015

hiking
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

I love this stretch but it can become overcrowded at times. It becomes the AT super-highway March and April, with hordes of new thru-hikers beginning their journey.

trail running
Sunday, April 13, 2014

hiking
Sunday, April 06, 2014

Great place to hike. Offers several tough climbs, but rewarded with great views.

hiking
Thursday, March 13, 2014

You're rewarded with awesome panoramic views.

hiking
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Rough one, but enjoyable. Hitched a ride back from a trail angel to the car parked at Woody Gap after running out of steam. Have to see Hightower one more time to finish the southern end of the GA AT, since I have yet to hike the Hightower to Springer section. Once that is complete, all I'll have left in GA is from Dick's Creek Gap to Bly Gap at the NC border. Any info on affordable shuttles for either of these areas would be greatly appreciated!

hiking
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Good challenge. Did this leg on my way to wolf pen gap. Tough climbs