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Springer Mountain via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 108 reviews

Springer Mountain via Appalachian Trail is a 10 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.

Distance: 10.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,860 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly




nature trips


bird watching




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.

Backpacking with scouts

2 months ago

Great not to hard trail. The trip from Three Forks to the loop is a nice easy stroll with minimal climb. Couple streams to cross, been dry so some were not even flowing. It says 10 miles, but according to AllTrails and Gaia, it was over 12 miles. I missed a couple turns as the markers on this trail area spaced hundreds of yards apart and a couple of the turns had trails going straight. So if your head down hiking could miss. But a quick ref to the app got me back on them, maybe couple hundred yards backtracked total. When you get to the AT/Benton M loop, I went clockwise. If you go counter clockwise you will pass another parking lot and then have to go about a mile up through rocks to get to the top. Clockwise I got to see the Benton memorial marker and come down those rocks instead of up. Depends on what type of workout you want. Leaves are starting to fall and change already, good time to be up there. Owens Overlook is also on the trail on the loop near Ball Mtn.

Awesome hike!

7 months ago

We started from the welcome center and hiked the road to the approach trail before daylight. We only passed 1 thru hiker on the way to Springer; however on the way back, we met about 25 to 30 from the 2019 class. We ended up doing about 21.2 miles. Great Day Hike.

It was a little muddy due to the ice melting but overall very great and enjoyable

9 months ago

Long one. I started late and didn’t stop. There is plenty of water and people along the way as well. I did this in February so I got some views coming down the mountains but in the summer you may not have the same luck. All in all great hike.

Wed Oct 24 2018

Awesome trail with plenty to see and ample water sources.

Wed Oct 10 2018

This was an amazing yet strenuous hike. Springer Mountain was a little treacherous due to the rocks being wet but still it was an incredible hike. We loved every moment of it and this was the beginning of our AT adventure so we are loving it so far!

Mon Aug 27 2018

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.

Sun Aug 26 2018

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

Mon Jul 02 2018

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

Fri Mar 09 2018

Should be higher than moderate

Sun Feb 25 2018

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

Mon Feb 12 2018

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.

Thu Nov 23 2017

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.

Sun Sep 10 2017

Nice, easy trail. Well maintained.

Tue Sep 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.

Sat Aug 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.

Sun Jul 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.

Sun Apr 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.

ohv/off road driving
Sat Mar 11 2017

why is this marked as off road driving?

Sat Feb 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.

Fri Jan 27 2017

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

Fri Jan 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!

Wed Dec 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.

Sun Dec 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.

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