Springer Mountain and Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail begins, or ends, depending upon one’s point of view, at Springer Mountain, located in North Georgia . In 1958, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail was moved from Mount Oglethorpe approximately 14 miles (23 km) to the northeast to Springer Mountain due to increased development around Mount Oglethorpe. At the peak of Springer Mountain is a bronze plaque with the Appalachian Trail logo. The mountain's peak is at 3,780 feet (1,150 m) above mean sea level. It is part of the Blue Ridge Mountains that extend from Georgia to Pennsylvania. Springer divides the northern and southern extensions of the Blue Ridge in Georgia—one branch heading northwest to the Cohutta Mountains, the other southwest to Mount Oglethorpe.

View from atop Springer Mountain

Appalachian Trail plaque at top of Springer Mountain

Directions to Springer Mountain from Ellijay

Take Hwy 52 East towards Dawsonville  for approximately 6.2 miles to Big Creek Road. Turn left and travel 8.5 Miles Big Creek Road will turn left, CONTINUE STRAIGHT on Double Head Gap for 4 miles until you see Mt. Pleasant Church on your left. Turn right on the dirt road directly across from the church (Forest Service Road 42 is unsigned). You should see a large sign indicating that this is the entrance to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area and another sign "Springer Mt. 6.5 miles". Follow the dirt road 6.5 miles to a parking area on your left with a sign saying ”National Forest Fee Area”. The Appalachian Trail to Springer Mountain is across the road from the parking area. The trail to the summit of Springer Mountain is .9 miles (one-way)

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