Appalachian Trail: Amicalola Falls to Springer Mountain

It's not the officially the AT but this 8.8-mile hike climbs past Amicalola Falls to Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail.
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It's not the officially the AT but this 8.8-mile hike climbs past Amicalola Falls to Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail.

Shelters: Black Gap Shelter: sleeps 8; no privy.

Start: From Amicalola, GA take GA 52 E for .1 mi. to High Shoals Rd. Go. .3 mi. to trailhead.

End: From Dahlonega, GA take US 19 S to GA 52 W. In 8.7 mi., turn right on Nimblewill Church Rd and go 2.3 mi. Turn right on NF 28-1. In 2.2 mi., continue straight on Winding Stair Gap Rd. In 5 mi., turn left on NF-42. Go 2.4 miles and park.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 13.1

Waypoints

AMF001

Location: 34.5578003, -84.2498322

Amicalola Falls State Park visitor center

AMF002

Location: 34.5583992, -84.2486649

Amicalola Falls State Park Shelter

AMF003

Location: 34.5612335, -84.2474518

Road crossing

AMF004

Location: 34.5668488, -84.2450638

View of falls

AMF005

Location: 34.5668831, -84.2453003

Spring Trail

AMF006

Location: 34.5674667, -84.2445679

Stairs

AMF007

Location: 34.5671844, -84.2434464

Parking; restrooms

AMF008

Location: 34.5673828, -84.2432022

AT passes trail to parking and trail to lodge

AMF009

Location: 34.5687675, -84.2429199

Amicalola Falls Lodge Rd.

AMF010

Location: 34.5699005, -84.2417679

Yellow-blazed side trail to the E to Hike Inn

AMF011

Location: 34.5716667, -84.2420654

Amicalola Falls Lodge Rd.

AMF012

Location: 34.5727158, -84.2432175

Side trail to the E to campsite (room for 3 tents)

AMF013

Location: 34.5743828, -84.2439804

Campsite (room for 3 tents)

AMF014

Location: 34.5819664, -84.2431488

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

AMF015

Location: 34.5868492, -84.2388535

Trail jct.; campsite (room for 1 tent)

AMF016

Location: 34.58815, -84.2376175

High Shoals Rd.

AMF017

Location: 34.588665, -84.237114

Campsite (room for 3 tents)

AMF018

Location: 34.5917816, -84.2371674

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

AMF019

Location: 34.5975342, -84.2299347

Campsite (room for 3 tents)

AMF020

Location: 34.5969009, -84.226387

Frosty Mtn. (3,382 ft.): Cross jeep road, traverse summit, then begin descent. Campsite (room for 2 tents)

AMF021

Location: 34.598217, -84.2246323

Continue descent of Frosty Mtn.

AMF022

Location: 34.5997505, -84.2231522

FS 42

AMF022

Location: 34.6286659, -84.1944199

Side trail to shelter; water; camping

WPT024

Location: 34.6046486, -84.2162857

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

AMF025

Location: 34.6089325, -84.2141495

Nimblewill Gap; FS 28

AMF026

Location: 34.6160851, -84.2068634

Blue-blazed trail leads W to water

AMF027

Location: 34.6168823, -84.1981506

Side trail leads to Black Gap Shelter

AMF028

Location: 34.6266174, -84.1939163

Springer Mtn. (3,782 ft.): The southern terminus of the AT

AMF029

Location: 34.6020012, -84.2189178

Yellow-blazed trail leads E to Hike Inn

Amicalola Falls State Park Shelter

Location: 34.5583839, -84.2485809