Amicalola Falls State Park Appalachian Approach Trail

East Ellijay, Georgia

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Big decisions are made on this 8.1-mile path that runs from Amicalola Falls State Park to the beginning of the Appalachian Trail (AT ) at Springer Mountain. Many people intending to complete the entire AT get their first sobering dose of rugged backpacking on the Approach Trail. It is here that a good number of hikers realize they are not fit enough, have an overloaded pack, or lack the desire to walk all the way to Maine. If you’re considering an AT thru-hike, or if you’re just seeking a good backcountry trip, the Approach Trail will give you a good taste of the AT.

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"Big decisions are made on this 8.1-mile path that runs from Amicalola Falls State Park to the beginning of the Appalachian Trail (AT ) at Springer Mountain. Many people intending to complete the entire AT get their first sobering dose of rugged backpacking on the Approach Trail.

It is here that a good number of hikers realize they are not fit enough, have an overloaded pack, or lack the desire to walk all the way to Maine. If you’re considering an AT thru-hike, or if you’re just seeking a good backcountry trip, the Approach Trail will give you a good taste of the AT."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: East Ellijay
Distance: 16.2
Elevation Gain: 4,340 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8-10 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Amicalola Falls State Park and U.S. Forest Service, Blue Ridge District
Local Maps: Appalachian Trail Conference Appalachian Trail map

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Jun 2018