Appalachian Trail: Springer Mountain to Hightower Gap

Shuttle • 9 mi • 0 ft

The summit of Springer Mountain, a broad dome with thin oak woods and a rock outcrop, has excellent northwest views of the Cohutta Mountains. Two bronze plaques mark this as the terminus of the AT. Natural history features: Long Creek Falls; old-growth hemlocks. Social history features: Southern end of AT.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Suches
Length: 9 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5-6 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 3,782 feet
Top Elevation: 3,782 feet
Local Contacts: Appalachian Trail Conference, 304-535-6331
Local Maps: ATC Chattahoochee National Forest
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Great hike with plenty of water and shelters. One of the easiest sections of the AT in GA.


This trail was cool mostly for the fact that it is the start of the AT. I thought that Hightower would be a more interesting spot, but it is just a parking area. It was a slight let down but the views on the trail were great and the walk wasn't too steep. Great overnight hike!

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