Appalachian Trail: Springer Mountain Loop

MODERATE 25 reviews

Appalachian Trail: Springer Mountain Loop is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ellijay, Georgia that features a waterfall 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2283 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

This loop is made up of portions of both the Benton MacKaye Trail and the Appalachian Trail, with a visit to the summit of Springer Mountain.

hiking
1 month ago

Views only from the top of Springer. This would be a much better winter hike.

hiking
2 months ago

4 months ago

We did this trail on a windy day in March and froze on the exposed ridges. Really regretted leaving my outer jacket in the car (it was much warmer in the parking lot). But it was a good hike with lots of views. Liked stopping at the AT shelter for a snack. Nimblewill Gap was our destination, but it's not particularly scenic - just an accomplishment to get there.

hiking
4 months ago

Good hike, and an even better drive up there. It was a 7ish mile drive on a dirt road filled with switch backs. I would recommend a car that can handle gravel. Probably not electric, you might not make it (that's just my guess though). Make sure to hike the Benton McKaye (or whatever the spelling is) trail because the other one is the AT.

hiking
4 months ago

At this trail head it's very difficult to get to, no cars or small trucks... I drive a 2wd F150 and had a hard time on the service road. Trail is well marked but very rocky, difficult to look around as almost constantly looking for trail hazards. Many people on trail but all very friendly. Numerous water sources. I Imogene the view of the mountains is poor when tread have leaves. Other than that a great day on the trail!

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome day hike, no foliage yet but the views were plentiful. Rocky terrain, but well marked, no real parking area at Nimblewill Gap.

5 months ago

enjoyed! stayed the night

6 months ago

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hiking
11 months ago

Great loop trail starting at the Appalachian Trail access parking lot up to Springer mountain to the Southern terminus of the AT then along the AT and back via the Benton MacKaye Trail. Don't miss the scenic view of the mountains along the BMT.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

good loop don't miss the turn getting back on the AT

Thursday, March 17, 2016

great little loop trail! as someone said before, pay attention or you could get turned around. I had to check my GPS for my mileage count a couple times to make sure I didn't miss anything. BMT was beautiful! highly recommend and would do it again

walking
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

It was a great little loop but pay close attention or you may get turned around and miss a turn.

hiking
Friday, November 20, 2015

the southern terminus of the Appalachian trail from Amicalola state Park was a tough hike but worth the effort.

hiking
Saturday, November 14, 2015

hiking
Sunday, November 01, 2015

Loved this hike today! We experienced peak Fall foliage and nice cool 50 degree temps hiking across three creeks and through a beautiful wall of rhododendrons. The 5.1 mile loop took 3 hours that included our stopping for a roughly 20-minute lunch. Near the double-diamond marker follow the signage to the scenic view. It is a stunning valley of rolling hills and leaf colors.

For spot-on driving directions to the trailhead and for finding and staying on the loop trail, refer to this site:
http://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/springer-mountain-loop-appalachain-benton-mackaye-trails/

hiking
Monday, September 21, 2015

Hiked this 9/19/15 - perfect weather. Despite seeing an elevation profile before doing it, we were still a bit taken aback by how quick/easy it was to the top of Springer from the trailhead. It definitely did not feel like climbing a mountain. The rest of the loop - the Benton Mackaye and the brief bit on the Appalachian Trail were nice though. If you are looking for an easy-moderate hike this is a good one. Not sure it was worth the 2.5 hour drive for me, but everyone is different. Also, if you haven't been to the area to hike before, be prepared to travel a fair distance on dirt/gravel roads (which mountain bikers like to use). The road is in decent shape for most of it - any car can handle it - but I wasn't expecting to be on it so long.