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, and the Appalachian Trail departs from the summit on a 2200+ mile backpacking trek to Mount Katahdin in Maine. On the summit, the AT’s southern end is commemorated by a bronze plaque near the trail’s southernmost white blaze, and a nearby metal vault holds a trail log signed by the trail’s thru-hikers.

Rising 3,780 feet above sea level, Springer Mountain rises amidst the rolling, southernmost 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.

Springer Mountain: our favorite hiking trails and backpacking adventures

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.