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Springer Mountain Loop via Len Foote Inn

Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, Georgia

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  • Watch for butterflies along the trail. This is a beautiful eastern tiger swallowtail.- Springer Mountain Loop via Len Foote Inn
  • Different kinds of forest accompany the Springer Approach Trail.- Springer Mountain Loop via Len Foote Inn
  • Springer Mountain summit (3,780 ft).- Springer Mountain Loop via Len Foote Inn
  • Plaque on Springer Mountain.- Springer Mountain Loop via Len Foote Inn
  • Plaque on Springer Mountain.- Springer Mountain Loop via Len Foote Inn
  • Lush green forest for much of the hike.- Springer Mountain Loop via Len Foote Inn
  • Recommended pit stop at Len Foote Inn.- Springer Mountain Loop via Len Foote Inn
  • Free cake and coffee, please bring cash to tip!- Springer Mountain Loop via Len Foote Inn
  • View from the Len Foote Inn.- Springer Mountain Loop via Len Foote Inn
  • Flowers blooming in late spring.- Springer Mountain Loop via Len Foote Inn
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Pros: 
Low crowds. Refreshments. Good signage.
Cons: 
Few viewpoints.
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Region:
Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, GA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,239.00 ft (377.65 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
17.00 mi (27.36 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,596.00 ft (791.26 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Starting from Amicalola Falls, the Springer Approach Trail is often used as the launching point for the 2,190-mile trek along the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. For many, it makes a great day hike, assuming you’re comfortable walking more than 15 miles round trip. To make this hike a loop, consider a stop at the the Len Foote Inn on the way as a rest stop for free coffee and cake (tips encouraged!). Established in 1998, the inn is owned by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and operated by Appalachian Education and Recreation Services (AERS) - an affiliate of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club. The facility is only accessible by foot and stresses environmentally conscious practices in operation.

The hike itself can be started with a grueling ascent up a set of stairs alongside the 729-foot Amicalola Falls, the highest waterfall in Georgia and also one of the highest on the East Coast. The hike can also be started at the top of the falls; keep in mind that the loop itself has over 3,500 feet of total elevation gain already, so consider your stamina before deciding how much extra elevation and distance you want to tack on.

The trail will remain under forest canopy for virtually the whole day, climbing and descending several ridges. There are nice vistas at the 3,782-foot summit of Springer Mountain, the top of Amicalola falls, and Len Foote Inn to reward you for your efforts.

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