Appalachian Trail 001: Springer Mountain to Hightower Gap

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This is the southernmost section of the Appalachian Trail, and it technically starts at the summit of Springer Mountain. Many people begin their hike at Amicalola Falls and hike the AT approach trail on their way up to Springer. (Note: the Google Maps location given is for the Springer Mountain parking lot, which is already a mile or two north of the official start of the AT.)

From the Southern Terminus, the trail travels north past the Springer Mountain parking lot, Stover Creek shelter, Three Forks area, and Hawk Mountain shelter to Hightower Gap on USFS 42.

Near Three Forks and the final split with the BMT is the gorgeous Long Creek Falls. Hiking in the 1 mile from the Three Forks parking area is a popular day hike.

(Note: when you continue on from Hightower onto section 2 of the AT, make sure that you take the singletrack that heads back up the ridge, and not the trail that drops down the side of the mountain. The trail that drops down the mountain is NOT the Appalachian Trail.)

The Benton MacKaye Trail also has its Southern Terminus near the top of Springer Mountain, and before they part ways for good the BMT and AT intersect 4 times near the Springer Mountain parking lot, forming 3 small loops of singletrack. These loops are very popular with casual day hikers due to the easy access, great views, short mileage, and loop design.



Best parking spot: see Google Map on the right.
Trail length: 8 miles
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  • Posted by Greg Heil on September 28, 2011
      

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    Reviewed by gbeg24 on February 21, 2014

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    Springer to the parking area is a bit rocky but easy. Trail criss crosses with Benton Mackaye and the loops are great for day hikes. Easy trekking all the way to Three Forks and a nice waterfall about a mile past Three Forks. Recommend camping around Three Forks as well! Three Forks to Hightower Gap easy hike as well. In the summer the trees make a nice canopy for relief from the sun.
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    Reviewed by bhamrick on September 25, 2012

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    I hiked 3 forks to Hawk Mtn 9/24/12 roundtrip. Pretty scenery with a waterfall along the way. About 8 miles and not for the out of shape but fun if you are active. Heard the Army Rangers doing a firefight which added to the interest. Took about 5 hours for a 59 year old hiker
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    Reviewed by chadrcady on September 14, 2012

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    Love the AT.. Please remove the photo on the front... Its the BM trail (white diamond) not the AT (white blaze on tree)..... Fyi
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    Reviewed by LaFolie on September 30, 2011

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    I live in Dahlonega, so this section of the trail is within 20 minutes of my house. My favorite area in this section is Long Creek Falls.
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    Reviewed by Greg Heil on September 28, 2011

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    Pristine singletrack for hiking!
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    Response by Greg Heil on October 3, 2011

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    Today I hiked the 2 mile round-trip day hike to Long Creek Falls from the Three Forks parking area. It was a gorgeous little hike with a beautiful waterfalls at the end! (Check out the photos).
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    Appalachian Trail 001: Springer Mountain to Hightower Gap 4.67 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 5 user reviews.

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