AT Approach Trail, Dahlonega

Directions:   Ga 400 N to Dahlonega. Take 60 N into town. Take Ga 52 West approximately 15 miles into Amicola Falls State Park to the start of the trail.

Trail Information:   The trail starts at the Visitors Center. At this point, the distance is 8 miles to the top of Springer Mountain. In order to miss the 1000 foot climb in Mile 1, it is better to park at the top of the falls, which shortens the round trip distance to approximately 14.5 miles.    

Miscellaneous Information: The Park Rangers are nice and knowledgeable.  A trail registration may be needed.  The trail is blue-blazed and well marked. It is strenuous. (It is rumored that there have been AT through-hikers who have quit their 2000 mile trip after the approach.) A more pleasant, 10.5 mile variation is to take the yellow blazed Len Foote Hike Inn Trail from the top of the falls. One can use the AT Approach to form a 10.5 mile loop back.    

 Stuart Teague