Springer Mountain Rd Fs-42


Elevation Gain2,877ft
Trailhead Elevation2,299ft
Elevation Min/Max2299/3397ft
Elevation Start/End2299/2299ft

Springer Mountain Rd Fs-42

Springer Mountain Rd Fs-42 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Lumpkin County, Fannin County, and Gilmer County, Georgia. It is 9.2 miles long and begins at 2,299 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 18.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,877 feet. The Blue Ridge Church (historical) (elevation 2,293 feet) and Mount Pleasant Church (elevation 2,293 feet) places of worship and the Mount Pleasant Cemetery (elevation 2,297 feet) grave yard are near the trailhead. The Springer Mtn Southern Terminus of the A.T. 1 / Southern Terminus of the Benton Mackaye Trail 3/4, Three Forks 3.2, and Springer Mtn 0.9 information guideposts and the Springer parking lot parking can be seen along the trail. There are also meadows, a camp site, and an information map along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Appalachian Trail, Winding Stair Gap Road Fs-77, Three Forks Road Fs-58 and Winding Stair Gap Road Fs-42.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Hikes with Dogs: Georgia & South Carolina (The Mountaineers Books)
Steve Goodrich & Ashley Goodrich
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"The summit of Springer Mountain marks the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, a 2172-mile long-distance trail that runs continuously from north Georgia to Mount Katahdin in northern Maine. Each spring, approximately 2500 hikers begin their long trek northbound from Springer Mountain, with plans to arrive in Maine by either September or October before the long, cold New England winter. Roughly 10 percent of thru-hikers travel north-to-south, however, and they typically complete their journey in the winter months at one of the two bronze plaques at the summit."
Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail South (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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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."
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Atlanta (Menasha Ridge Press)
Randy & Pam Golden
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"This trail combines the start of the Appalachian Trail and the Benton MacKaye Trail to form a loop that begins and ends at the popular FS 42 parking lot. The Appalachian Trail (AT) is a 2,000-plus-mile hiking adventure from Maine to Georgia that many people start but few finish. When the Georgia portion of the hike was originally laid out, it extended to Mt. Oglethorpe, near Jasper. There were many problems with the final 15 miles of the original hike, so the end of the trail was rerouted to Springer Mountain, in Chattahoochee National Forest. Additionally, as a result of this rerouting, Amicalola Falls could serve as the access point for long-distance hikers."

Springer Mountain Rd Fs-42 Trip Reports

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This was the first 5+ mile trail I took my kids on(7&10). I think it was a great choice. The trails were very well maintained and there was a wide variety of wildflowers for them to see. There were a good number of people on the trail, but not so many that it was over crowded. We arrived at 10am and when we got back to the parking lot it was smack full. I'd plan on getting there early. Overall, it was a great experience and we hope to go again soon!
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Enjoyable hike, good trails, some deer sightings. Lot of the trail is along the river-nice and cool during the summertime.
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Great trail! Perfect weather today and actually felt much warmer than the 55F forecast due to lack of wind and protected areas. Range of vegetation made for interesting hike. Views at Owen Overlook were fantastic and where we decided to stop for a snack. Crossed three creeks/streams and the elevation change was pleasant.
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This trail is a very nice morning hike to get you back to nature. It follows along the Chattahoochee River and has some slight inclines and you will break a sweat but all in all it's a very easy and enjoyable hike. The trails are very well marked and maintained.

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Trail Information

Chattahoochee National Forest, Conasauga Ranger District: 706-695-6736, www.fs.usda.gov/conf
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated #777 Springer and Cohutta Mountains; Appalachian Trail Conservancy Chattahoochee National Forest; USGS Noontoola
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