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Approach Trail (AT/Springer Mountain), GA

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 8.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,837 feet
Elevation Gain 1,950 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 15
Interest Seasonal Waterfall, Perennial Waterfall, Seasonal Creek, Perennial Creek & Peak
Backpack No
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Author adventurelaus
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Routes 11
Photos 19
Trips 7 map ( 100 miles )
Age Male Gender
Location Ames, IA
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Preferred   May, Oct, Apr, Sep
Sun  5:46am - 7:40pm
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The Approach Trail starts from the visitor center at Amicalola Falls State Park. The first mile is moderate to strenuous due to the steep slope and stairs, more than 600 steps. This section of the hike can be easily avoided by parking at the lot above the water falls. Of course the beauty of the falls will be missed. Because of that it's suggested to hike this section of the trail as well.

Above the falls the blue blazed approach continues on for 7.5 miles to the top of Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Not far into the trail the green blazed Hike Inn Trail splits off that later joins again with the Approach Trail. Once in the National Forrest there are many backcountry campsites. Don't forget to hang your food since this is bear county. The Black Gap shelter with privi and creek water for filtering is reached after about seven miles. Not far past Springer Mountain is the Springer Shelter with privi and creek water for filtration.

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2014-05-02 adventurelaus

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    Georgia State Parks: $5 daily, $50 annual - more information

    Chattahoochie Forest
    Chattahoochee-Oconee Recreation Pass Information $5 daily / $25 Annual

    There is an option to earn an annual pass with 20 hours volunteer work.

    Free on Wednesdays. A backcountry permit from the visitor center must be obtained to hike or backpack.

    Amicalola Falls State Park State Park

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Atlanta take US highway 19 to either Georgia highways 369 and 9 or Georgia highway 53 to Dawsonville.
    From Dawsonville take Shoal Creek Road north until it merges with Georgia highway 136. Continue left on highway 136 until state route 342 which is taken north to Georgia highway 52. Take a left onto highway 52 and follow it until the Amicalola Falls State Park entrance is to your left. Enter the state park (fee required for cars) and park near the visitor center. Register with the visitor center if parking overnight.
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