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Great place to hike with the family. Kid friendly hiking.

backpacking
14 days ago

Easy and very nice falls

I would consider this one easy. The Falls are beautiful!

Been thru here once before doing 20 mile section of BMT. Easter weekend, took a friend to do her 1st hike in 40 yrs. (we're both mid 60....ish). She was breaking in a new Deuter, I just daypacked. Drove her Corolla up there...lol.
Easy day, lots of people, gorgeous weather.
I did notice signs at this trailhead saying, "No camping behind signs". Does anyone know if that means you can no longer camp at the sites by the footbridge?

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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Good little trail for family. Enjoyed the falls. Nice parking area with restroom.

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
1 month ago