Springer Mountain via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 64 reviews

Springer Mountain via Appalachian Trail is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ellijay, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
10.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2158 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Blue Ridge: Take GA Hwy. 515 .8 mile east to Windy Ridge Road. Turn right and go .2 mile to the dead end with Old US Hwy. 76. Turn left, go .2 miles to Aska Rd. Turn right and go 13.5 miles to the end of the road. Turn right on Newport Road, go 4.5 miles. Turn right onto Doublehead Gap Road and go 2 miles to Forest Service Road 42 on the left. Turn Left onto Forest Service Road 42, drive 7 miles to the AT crossing and parking area on the left.

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1 month ago

Nice, easy trail. Well maintained.

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1 month ago

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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1 month ago

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2 months ago

Fairly easy trail... enough to keep it interesting. I agree with other hikers the view at the peak would be better in the winter. Vegetation obstructs most of the view.

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3 months ago

Caught this one on an overnight from Springer to Hawk Mountain shelter. No views except the limited one at the top of Springer, Long Falls would be worth the effort if that's as far as you're going. This would be a much more scenic hike in the winter.

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5 months ago

Just did the loop today. It was about 70 degrees but a little wind to keep it cool. Did the loop from the gravel parking lot located about a mile from the top of Springer Mountain. Went up to the top then backtracked a little to get on the Benton MacKaye Trail. Followed that around to loop back. If you want to do that, be aware that towards the end you have to turn off the Benton MacKaye trail and back onto the Appalachian Trail or you'll be headed away from the car. One more note, I drove in from the west side of the mountain. It's about 7 miles up the forest service road to the parking lot. (and contrary to some opinions any vehicle can make this drive, short of a lowrider) When leaving I decided to go on through instead of going back out the way I came to see if it would shorten the ride home. It is about 10 times further if you go east. There is a Fish Hatchery way down there, and it comes out to GA60. I wouldn't recommend going out east, unless you have nothing better to do for an hour or more riding the forest service road. This hike was not crowded at all. In 5.5 miles saw maybe 25 people, and most of those were sitting at the top of Springer at the Southern Terminus.

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off road driving
7 months ago

why is this marked as off road driving?

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8 months ago

You could drive up the gravel road and proceed for the last mile or two of the top of Springer Mountain. But I would recommend a longer hike at the bottom, as you proceed through the Woods, you will become surrounded by wildlife and the forest is a great feel.