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.
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.
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.