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Amicalola Falls State Park: Len Foote Hike Inn to Springer Mountain

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Distance: 16.2 miles


Hike from Amicalola Falls State Park in northern Georgia to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain on this 16.2-mile loop.
  • View from Springer Mountain
  • Trailhead Sign
  • Road Crossing
  • Junction: Hike Inn Trail - Approach Trail
  • Bridge Crossing
  • Bridge
  • Stone Steps
  • Log Bridge
  • Approaching Len Foote Hike Inn
  • Len Foote Hike Inn
  • Sign for Springer Mountain
  • Ridge Trail
  • Trail to Springer Mountain
  • Parking Area
  • Memorial Plaque
  • Camp Shelter/Water Supply
  • Camping is discouraged at Springer Summit
  • Appalachian Trail Marker
  • AT Caretaker
  • Camp Shelter
  • Continue Straight
  • Camping Area
  • Clearing with Fire Ring
  • Fire Ring
  • Trail Signage
  • Sign to Visitor Center
  • Road Crossing
  • Above Amicalola Falls

This memorable, 16.2-mile loop in Chattahoochee National Forest links Amicalola Falls, Len Foote Hike Inn, and the summit of Springer Mountain. Hike it all in one day, or stay at the Hike Inn for a multi-day trip. The route begins in Amicalola Falls State Park and travels northeast to the Hike Inn Trail–Approach Trail junction. Bear right on Hike Inn Trail to begin a counterclockwise loop past creeks, hardwoods, and mountain laurel.

Less than 5 miles in, the trail passes Len Foote Hike Inn, a twenty room, eco-friendly lodge. Spend the night here (hikers must check in at the Visitors Center before 2:00 p.m.) or continue along the trail, heading northwest. Roughly a mile later, turn right at a 3-way junction for a 6.5-mile out-and-back to Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

Enjoy the views from this 3,780-foot peak before backtracking to the 3-way intersection. From here, the route winds southwest for 3.8 miles and reconnects with the Hike Inn Trail–Approach Trail junction; continue straight to return to the parking area. Finish off the hike with a worthy trip to the 729-foot Amicalola Falls, the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River.

-Mapped by Kelly Stewart, Nashville Hiking Meetup

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