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Appalachian Trail GPS Tracks
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NOTE: Some trail relocation may have occurred, which may not be reflected with our GPS Tracks. The tracks are very close to the current trail.
The Appalachian Trail travels 76 miles in Georgia. It all starts or ends on the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the trail. Some may find it surprising that the AT never falls under 2500 feet in elevation in Georgia with a high point of 4461 feet at Blood Mountain.
Blood Mountain is the most visited spot along the Appalachian Trail south of Clingmans Dome and the 40,000 visitors per year has taken its toll on the area as well as the shelter located near the summit. The trail in Georgia features many steep up and downs and those trying to get an early spring start could find cold rain, sleet or snow in these higher elevations in the southern Appalachians.
To reach the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail on the 3782 foot summit of Springer Mountain, you have three options. The first and most popular is to begin at the visitor center at Amicalola Falls State Park and take the 8.8 mile Approach Trail to Springer Mountain. This trail is steep at times and climbs almost the whole way with an elevation gain of over 2000 feet.
First blaze and plaque on Springer Mountain
Another option is to take USFS 28 to Nimblewill Gap and then take the Approach Trail another 2.8 miles to the summit of Springer Mountain. This option requires driving on some rough and at times, muddy forest service roads.
The quickest and easiest way to get to the southern terminus at Springer Mountain is to take USFS 42 to the crossing of the Appalachian Trail about one mile north of the summit. This will mean retracing your steps, however it will save you many miles compared to hiking the Approach Trail. USFS 42 is a well graded gravel road that is suitable for all vehicles.
View from Tray Mountain
It all starts at Springer Mountain and as you hike north you'll find other memorable places along the Appalachian Trail in Georgia including Long Creek Falls, Sassafras Mountain, Justus Mountain, Ramrock Mountain, Big Cedar Mountain, Blood Mountain, Levelland Mountain, Wolf Laurel Top, Cowrock Mountain, Wildcat Mountain, Poor Mountain, Sheep Rock Top, Blue Mountain, Rocky Mountain, Cheese Factory Site, Tray Mountain, Kelly Knob, and Powell Mountain.
Use the links above to explore different sections of the AT in Georgia (links under construction).
We recommend purchasing any of the following books for those looking for more information on hiking the Appalachian Trail in Georgia:
Appalachian Trail Guide to North Carolina-Georgia
Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Georgia North Carolina Tennessee
How to Hike the A.T.: The Nitty-Gritty Details of a Long-Distance Trek
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