Springer Mountain Circuit

Morganton, Georgia

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This hike takes you to famed Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the entire Appalachian Trail (A.T.), then joins the trail named for the man who originated the idea of the Appalachian Trail, Benton MacKaye. Enjoy views from Springer Mountain and Ball Mountain. Finally, throw in a visit to a memorial to Benton MacKaye and you have a lot of A.T. history thrown into one loop hike. This trailhead is where most Appalachian Trail thru-hikers start their journey, even though it is 0.9 mile from the actual start of the trail atop foot-accessible-only Springer Mountain.
Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail South

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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail South

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This hike takes you to famed Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the entire Appalachian Trail (A.T.), then joins the trail named for the man who originated the idea of the Appalachian Trail, Benton MacKaye.

Enjoy views from Springer Mountain and Ball Mountain. Finally, throw in a visit to a memorial to Benton MacKaye and you have a lot of A.T. history thrown into one loop hike. This trailhead is where most Appalachian Trail thru-hikers start their journey, even though it is 0.9 mile from the actual start of the trail atop foot-accessible-only Springer Mountain.

© 2016 Johnny Molloy /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Morganton
Distance: 4.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 3,370 feet
Top Elevation: 3,780 feet
Local Contacts: Chattahoochee National Forest, Conasauga Ranger District: 706-695-6736, www.fs.usda.gov/conf
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated #777 Springer and Cohutta Mountains; Appalachian Trail Conservancy Chattahoochee National Forest; USGS Noontoola
Driving Directions: Directions to Springer Mountain Circuit

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