Springer Mountain via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 82 reviews

Springer Mountain via Appalachian Trail is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked loop 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.

10.1 miles
1,912 feet

dog friendly





nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


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.

25 days ago

A nice long tiring hike. Mostly in the shade, lots of climbing. There are several places where the AllTrails route takes you off the trail. Ignore it and take the trail instead. The worst is about two miles in — there’s a newer little section of the AT you want to take. Be sure to take the quick detour to Owen’s Overlook on the MacKaye section of the loop! It’s only an extra minute, and really the only clear view on the entire walk. Plenty of campsites along the way but you can also camp at the trail head, which is great. You can start your day with a little easy walk to the nearby falls before diving in to the main trail.

One last thing: if, say, you have cold fresh peaches in a cooler in your car, don’t forget to put them in your pack. There are several places where you’ll want to reach in there for a delicious juicy peach, and it would be a real shame if they were still in the car. A real shame.

26 days ago

This is a more strenuous hike than moderate. Can’t imagine bringing my dog

2 months ago

Nice hike. Mostly in the shade. Better views in the fall

6 months ago

Should be higher than moderate

6 months ago

If anyone knows who the Boy Scout troop on Springer Mnt was yesterday (Feb 24, 2018) please contact me ASAP at email yirkl@yahoo.com

These guys assisted local EMS on an unfortunate event that happened on Springer and need to be recognized. Thanks to anyone that can help with this!

7 months ago

Nice trail. Well marked, clean and easy to follow. Couple of views from Springer Mountain summit and a few along the way. Long Creek Falls is a good side trip just a mile up the trail from the service road trailhead.

9 months ago

Hiked 6 miles from Long Creek Falls with a small group. It was a great hike. The view was non existent with the trees, it was uphill the whole way and most difficult as you get closer to the end. The reason to go is to check off the beginning of the AT Trail. Once was enough but a good hike.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Nice, easy trail. Well maintained.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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.

off road driving
Saturday, March 11, 2017

why is this marked as off road driving?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

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.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Great hike. Plenty of water. Great views from Springer Mountain.

Friday, January 27, 2017

it was exciting to hike for the first time in Georgia. I only had time for a day hike so I just did Appalachian trail to Springer summit and then took the approach trail back to the hike Inn trail...then merged back to the approach trail and returned to the parking lot near Amicalola falls lodge, which by the way was wonderful!! it total the hike was 7 hours because of stopping at the hike Inn and breaks. 7:15 to 2:30 made a nice hike!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Great hike from Amicoalia Falls to Springer Mountain. I'm not an experienced hiker but my cousin/trail guide instructed me how to manage this hike. It was approx 15 miles and took a little over 6 hours to complete. It was a hard push near the top of Springer and we were determined to see the southern terminus of the AT. There were a few decent viewpoints along the way but maily it was the destination that made it worth the effort.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Fun trail from three fork you get a beautiful approach along the extended AT. If you go at the right time of year you'll get to meet some through hikers departing or finishing their journey.

Monday, October 17, 2016

One of my favorites

Saturday, May 28, 2016

only one Vista on a moderate trail and in bear country!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Fun hike. Missed the trail intersection and double backed.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

good loop make sure you don't miss the turn on the AT going back south to parking lot

Sunday, October 25, 2015


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The AT/Springer to BMT loop is great. The northern end of the BMT loop is especially nice, it had a few stream crossings and was surprisingly green for January due to the rhododendron. The path to Springer as well as the famous summit was comparatively busy. I saw a few dozen people. On the BMT loop I saw less than 10. The BMT portion also had several very small campsites.

The forestry road FS-28 was pretty difficult in my sedan. I didn't even notice it on my directions since Google maps likes to call it "Winding Stair Gap Rd." Once you get on the Springer forestry road it is much better and pretty easy.

Luckily on my way out I was able to get some alternate directions from other hikers in the parking lot. If you are in a sedan, or are at all squeamish about driving on steep bumpy gravel roads, I'd suggest taking the roads into Springer from the west off of Doublehead Gap Rd instead.

Monday, November 11, 2013

The hike to the top of springer is non-strenuous with a pack on. The path is naturally lined with pyrite. There are no huge rocks to climb over. It's an easy hike.

Friday, August 16, 2013

If you are any kind of serious hiker this is a mecca that you must visit as the southern terminus of the AT. There is nothing like watching weary souls pop champagne at the end of their long trek. You can take this hike in many directions as the Benton Mckaye intersects nearby. Parking lot is easy to find and all the trails are pretty well marked. Extremely pleasant in the fall and I go back every year.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Convenient parking location located 1 mile away from primitive camp grounds. Nice starting location to hike to the falls 10 miles away. Seems to be dog friendly. Coolest thing was the sparkling trail. The jasper from the rocks broke up and lined the trail and would sparkle when the light hit it. I felt like a hobbit on a quest in middle earth.

Monday, April 22, 2013

The trail from the parking lot is less than a mile, so it's a short hike. If you'd like a longer hike you can do the 4.5 mile loop which leaves the parking lot to the North on the A.T. It soon intersects with the Benton MacKaye trail which you then take East (right). It loops around and ascends Springer Mountain from the East. There are some good views along the way. You then descend from Springer Mountain on the A.T. back to the parking lot.
If you're driving up from Atlanta and plan on taking FS 28-1 beware that it is a fairly rough road that requires a higher clearance vehicle. It could be done in a regular car with normal clearance but you will need to negotiate very carefully in a lot of places. Otherwise FS 28-1 is a beautiful road, especially in the higher elevations where it runs along a ridge line.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Short and sweet trail with a great view. Nice for a day hike and photo op

Sunday, January 08, 2012

This is a great leg stretch that I do pretty regularly. Many times I park at 3 forks and hike a longer loop up to the summit of springer and take the right on the BMT to a second overlook that looks looks south. On a clear day you can clearly see stone mountain and kennesaw mountain. You can also park in the springer mountain parking lot and shorten your hike to make it more kid friendly.

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