Appalachian Trail in Georgia

Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

Appalachian Trail in 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."

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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 1" Read more

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9/3/2007
Ellicott Rock Wilderness is a wonderous trek through true old growth forest. The trees on Fork Mt. Trail aka Ellicott Rock Trail are absolutely stunning. I held my 115 cm hiking pole next to a couple of white pines. The pole did not even come close to the edges! Even more awe inspiring is to look out from the trail and find a forest FULL of these trees! I highly recommend this moderate, scenic hike through the woods. Rarely will you see anything like this in the Southeast!
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6/7/2007
The trail was well marked and clean. There were a couple of sections that had been rebuilt and they were still in the construction look, not over grown naturally yet. Overall the trail following the river was great. I found the campsite we stayed at a bit littered but not bad. Some people feel it is appropriate to leave behind tie downs, extra string, etc. I don't. Leave it cleaner than you found it.
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4/21/2003
THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL TRAIL IN THE SPRING. WE SAW LOTS OF LARGE TROUT IN THE CHATOOGA RIVER. PROBABLY A VERY CROWDED TRAIL IN THE SUMMERTIME. WE DID NOT FIND THE ELLICOTT ROCK. THIS IS A PERFECT TRAIL FOR BEGINNING HIKERS. VERY EASY TRAIL TO HIKE. WILL HIKE AGAIN THIS FALL.
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9/1/2000
Access the trailhead. Day 1 (8 miles) Follow the Fork Mountain Trail to the Chattooga Trail. The Chattooga trail follows the Chattooga River. Follow this south. Campsites will be found along about a 2-mile stretch on the river. Day 2 (8 miles). Continue on the Chattooga Trail until East Fork Trail. Follow this up to the Walhalla Fish Hatchery, about 4 miles. Follow the pavement up about a mile or so (1000 ft up). This intersects with the Foothills Trail. Follow the Foothill Trail about 3 miles back. This is an easy to moderate hike with numerous streams for water supplies. hiked Friday-Saturday, Sep., 2000 weather info: Clayton, Georgia 30525 map: Chattooga Wild and Scenic River, $4, There is a self-service campground with shower facilities. It is $10 per vehicle, quite reasonable. Watch carefully. The picnic area/trailhead is easy to miss. A local map would be helpful for driving through this area. I had to stop and ask directions.
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Trail Information

Dahlonega
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
75.4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4-5 days
Duration
Year-round
Season
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 Contacts
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
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