Appalachian Trail in Georgia

Dahlonega, Georgia

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The Appalachian Trail (AT) is one of the longest continually marked trails in the world. Beginning at Springer Mountain in Georgia, the path ends at Mount Katahdin in Maine. Congress authorized the Appalachian Trail as the first National Scenic Trail in 1968. The Appalachian Trail Conference now has responsibility for the trail. A long-trail concept along the Appalachian Mountains grew out of a 1921 proposal by forester and land-use planner Benton MacKaye. For 16 years, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) members, hiking clubs, and other volunteers worked to see MacKaye’s dream come true. On August 14, 1937, the final 2 miles were opened in Maine, completing the 2,054-mile trail from Georgia to Maine.
Hiking Georgia: Atlanta

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Hiking Georgia: Atlanta

by Donald W. Pfitzer and Jimmy Jacobs (Falcon Guides)

The Appalachian Trail (AT) is one of the longest continually marked trails in the world. Beginning at Springer Mountain in Georgia, the path ends at Mount Katahdin in Maine. Congress authorized the Appalachian Trail as the first National Scenic Trail in 1968. The Appalachian Trail Conference now has responsibility for the trail.

A long-trail concept along the Appalachian Mountains grew out of a 1921 proposal by forester and land-use planner Benton MacKaye. For 16 years, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) members, hiking clubs, and other volunteers worked to see
MacKaye’s dream come true. On August 14, 1937, the final 2 miles were opened in Maine, completing the 2,054-mile trail from Georgia to Maine.

© 2015 Donald W. Pfitzer and Jimmy Jacobs/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Dahlonega
Distance: 75.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4-5 days
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Georgia Appalachian Trail Club Inc., PO Box 654, Atlanta 30301; (404) 4940968; www.georgia-atclub.org USDA Forest Service, Forest Supervisor, 1755 Cleveland Hwy., Gainesville 30501; (770) 297-3000; www.fs.usda.gov/conf Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR); www.gadnr.org Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites Division; www.gastateparks.org Georgia Wildlife Resources Division, Game Management Section, 2150 Dawsonville Hwy., Gainesville 30501; (770) 535–5700;
Local Maps: USGS Amicalola, Nimblewill, Noontootla, Suches, Neels Gap, Cowrock, Jacks Gap, Tray Mountain, Macedonia, and Hightower Bald; The Appalachian Trail in Georgia (map and brochure), Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, Inc.; The Guide to the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Georgia, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy; Appalachian
Driving Directions: Directions to Appalachian Trail in Georgia

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