Explore the most popular camping trails near Ellijay with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Awesome trail with plenty to see and ample water sources.

This is a great section of the AT. I have done this hike several times and still enjoy it just as much as I did the first time.

Great trail, you will see bikers. Nice Creek crossings, easy trail to follow.

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!

Beautiful trail. Challenging on MB. Worth the climbs.
Water crossings.

hiking
2 months ago

A must see! I did not realize that we had trees that big in Georgia.

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.

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

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

If you click the Directions arrow through Google Maps, it does not take you to the lower parking area with the easiest access to the trail. The link takes you to the upper which is a 2 mile forest service road walk. The trail is beautiful once you arrive on it.

I really enjoyed the trail. The road up to the trail is a little bit rough but well worth the drive. Rained most of the day but the hike was excellent anyway.

hiking
5 months ago

Should be higher than moderate

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!

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.

it's okay in the winter

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.

Just finished this earlier today. It’s easy to moderate, the rocks can be a bit slippery when wet though. The Benton MacKaye Trail portion is much better than the AT portion, with different types of forest, a nice overloook that I think has better view than at the Springer summit, and several creek crossings. The AT portion is busy on weekends but you’ll be all alone on the BMT

hiking
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

We completed this trail on October 29 during the first snowfall of the season.
Some ascend and descend present a good work out and not difficult to handle. A large portion of the trail is covered in large rocks and tree roots so hiking boots are preferred for safety. It also included few crossings of the creek without any bridges, so its a good idea to wear a pair of waterproof hiking boots.
Awesome chance to see the South Terminus of AT.
Trail is easy to follow and lightly trafficked. We only had somewhat of a hard time to find continuation of the trail past the parking lot but found some AT markers on the trees maybe 100 feet in.
It also offers camping spots, bear proof food storage container, few water sources and a shelter.
Great views from Springer Mountain summit.
Trail is dog friendly.
Enjoy!

mountain biking
Friday, September 29, 2017

Great trail. With many ride options.

hiking
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Enjoyed the moderate hike up to the summit. Good views, but great conversation with hikers beginning their trek to Maine. Very inspiring...although afterwards we ended up at the Blue Ridge Brewary nearby :)

hiking
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Nice, easy trail. Well maintained.

hiking
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.

Friday, September 01, 2017

I took the bear creek spur to the loop, which tacks on a few miles. Great hike, a lot of ups and downs. Crossed some creeks 6 times or so. Plenty of scenery, some fell trees across the trail. Some great campsites, and in the Cohutta wilderness you can camp anywhere as long as regulations are followed. Loved every minute of this hike.

hiking
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.

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

amazing, gorgeous trail that is pretty easy. frequent run ins with the creek and frequent changes of scenery. be aware of the narrow road on the way in. also, watch out for black bears!! our hike got turned around when we crossed paths with a mama and 4 cubs. the trail also features north Georgia's tallest and widest tree. awesome hike all around

camping
Monday, July 24, 2017

God's country! my happy place! this is the most beautiful place in the world to me! I come here every chance I get. Plenty of private camping areas around the creek or away from it your chose!

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