Springer Mountain: hiking, backpacking & Appalachian Trail guide

Hike to beautiful Springer Mountain summit views from multiple trailheads on these popular Springer hiking and backpacking trails.

Springer Mountain is one of Georgia’s most popular hiking destinations. Springer’s rocky slopes give way to beautiful views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountain range. The Appalachian Trail departs from the summit on a 2200+ mile backpacking trek to Katahdin in Maine. The AT’s southern end is commemorated by a bronze plaque at the summit, and a nearby metal vault holds a trail log signed by through hikers on the Trail.

Hike Springer Mountain in Georgia, the official southern start of the Appalachian TrailAbove: the Springer Mountain summit offers spectacular views of the southern Appalachian mountains, especially in autumn

Rising 3,780 feet above sea level, Springer Mountain rises amidst the rolling, southermost mountains of the Blue Ridge Mountain chain. Springer has been the southernmost start of the Appalachian Trail since 1959, when the AT’s final blaze was relocated from nearby Mount Oglethorpe. The mountain’s summit is accessible by a number of routes, including a moderately short one mile trek from the Springer Mountain parking area, and a considerably longer hike on the Appalachian Approach Trail from nearby Amicalola Falls State Park.

These are our favorite Springer Mountain hikes, listed in order of increasing length and difficulty. No matter the route to the Springer Mountain summit, the destination is rewarding, with beautiful long-range views of the surrounding rolling Appalachians.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail in Georgia to Springer Mountain

SPRINGER MOUNTAIN: HIKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

Hike from the Springer Mountain trailhead to the mountain’s summit, cresting to visit the southernmost blaze of the Appalachian Trail.

2 MILES

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Hiking the Springer Mountain Loop in Georgia: Appalachian Trail and Benton Mackaye Trail

SPRINGER MOUNTAIN LOOP: HIKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL AND BMT

Hike to incredible views from overlooks at the Springer Mountain summit and the nearby Ball Mountain peak, looping on the Appalachian Trail and Benton Mackaye Trails.

5.1 MILE LOOP

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail Three Forks to Springer Mountain

THREE FORKS TO SPRINGER MOUNTAIN ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

Hike the Appalachian Trail south from the lush, creek-filled Three Forks valley, ascending over 1500 feet to the Springer Mountain summit.

8.6 MILES

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Hiking Amicalola Falls to the Len Foote Hike Inn

HIKE INN TRAIL: HIKING FROM AMICALOLA FALLS

Hike from the immense waterfall at Amicalola Falls to the eco-friendly Len Foote Hike Inn, staying overnight (reservations required) to Hike the Springer Mountain summit via the Approach Trail.

9.8 MILES

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail Approach Trail to Springer Mountain

AT APPROACH TRAIL: HIKING AMICALOLA FALLS TO SPRINGER

Backpack the Appalachian Trail Approach Trail from Georgia’s Amicalola Falls State Park to Springer Mountain, rolling elevation over peaks and through rhododendron-filled valleys.

15.6 MILES

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