Explore the most popular walking 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.

mountain biking
10 days ago

Great downhill trail with lots of technical features and many creek crossings. Some crossings required carrying the bike. Brush growth with hinder riding this summer without some trail maintenance.

Nice hike with limited views. Road in kinda sucked.

Great hike with great views. Trail was a little hard to see in places but well worth it!

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

We had a wonderful time! The drive to the trail head was adventurous...lots of potholes! We had a nine year old and an eighty two year old in our group so it took one hour and forty minutes up and a little over an hour down, we did not do the summit. Up we followed the white rectangle ( Appalachian Trail ) and on the way back followed the white diamond of the Benton Mackaye Trail. Only saw a few fellow hikers, it’s December after all!

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

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
7 months ago

Great trail. With many ride options.

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 :)

Nice, easy trail. Well maintained.

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.

Nice hike. Three Forks is not really marked. This hike you start up the AT to Springer Mtn. And after about 2.2 miles you switch and comeback on the Benton MacKay trail. You can continue on at the intersection of the AT/BM trails and go to Springer. It is about 1.9 miles from there so this adds 3.8 to the hike. Make sure drive in on DoubleGap. I went out the other way and my Honda Civic was not happy but we survived.

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.

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
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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!

A classic!

Views only from the top of Springer. This would be a much better winter hike.

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.

Great day hike area. Good for camping too.

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.

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.

Good hike, and an even better drive up there. It was a 7ish mile drive on a dirt road filled with switch backs. I would recommend a car that can handle gravel. Probably not electric, you might not make it (that's just my guess though). Make sure to hike the Benton McKaye (or whatever the spelling is) trail because the other one is the AT.

At this trail head it's very difficult to get to, no cars or small trucks... I drive a 2wd F150 and had a hard time on the service road. Trail is well marked but very rocky, difficult to look around as almost constantly looking for trail hazards. Many people on trail but all very friendly. Numerous water sources. I Imogene the view of the mountains is poor when tread have leaves. Other than that a great day on the trail!

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