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Springer Mountain Loop via Three Forks

Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, Georgia

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  • Get an early start in the winter and you can watch the sunrise from near the trailhead.- Springer Mountain Loop via Three Forks
  • Many bridges to make the stream crosses a breeze.- Springer Mountain Loop via Three Forks
  • Lovely mountain stream.- Springer Mountain Loop via Three Forks
  • The bridges get smaller and trickier as you get further along the trail.- Springer Mountain Loop via Three Forks
  • Pleasant uphill grade to Springer.- Springer Mountain Loop via Three Forks
  • It gets cold in the winter months.- Springer Mountain Loop via Three Forks
  • Some holes in the trees open up views.- Springer Mountain Loop via Three Forks
  • Trail gets rocky near the top.- Springer Mountain Loop via Three Forks
  • View from the summit.- Springer Mountain Loop via Three Forks
  • The forested summit.- Springer Mountain Loop via Three Forks
  • Continuing onto the Benton Mackaye Trail.- Springer Mountain Loop via Three Forks
  • The winter allows views when normally there would be only tree cover.- Springer Mountain Loop via Three Forks
  • View from the Benton Mackaye Trail.- Springer Mountain Loop via Three Forks
  • View from the Benton Mackaye Trail.- Springer Mountain Loop via Three Forks
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Historical plaques. Nice views. Shelter.
Cons: 
Rough forest road.
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Region:
Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, GA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,258.00 ft (383.44 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
10.20 mi (16.42 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,549.00 ft (776.94 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Springer Mountain is an incredibly popular day hiking option in northern Georgia due to it’s proximity to Atlanta and the significance of the mountain as the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail that spans 2,190 miles from Maine to Georgia.

The Benton Mackaye Trail (BMT) also calls Springer home, named after the Massachusetts forester and regional planner that first had the idea for the Appalachian Trail in 1921. Following the AT somewhat along a northbound course, the BMT terminates some 300 miles north at Davenport Gap in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, crossing through Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina along the way.

The summit of Springer is forested, but it offers several neat overlooks at the summit and along the BMT if hiked as a loop from Three Forks, which is accessible from a Forest Service road north of Springer. This gives the hiker a varied loop with several viewpoints in addition to the significance of visiting the origins of the AT itself. Hikable in both directions, you can take either the AT or BMT from the Three Forks parking lot to the summit of Springer up an easy to intermediate grade, with the option of taking the other back to your vehicle.

Make sure to sign the register hidden in the metal box at the summit!

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