The Appalachian Trail begins, or ends, depending upon one’s point of view, at Springer Mountain, located in North Georgia's Fannin County . In 1958, the southern terminus of the Appalachian ...[more]
Springer Mountain Trailhead
To the Appalachian Trail Crossing on Forest Service Road 42 North of Springer Mountain
From Dahlonega, GA travel west on Highway 52 for approximately 9 miles. Turn right at an old store with a partial sign saying Store…this will be near mile marker 5. There is also a sign for Nimblewill Baptist Church.
Travel for approximately 2 miles, then turn right (before church) onto Forest Service Road 28-1. (At this turn, there is a brown/cream sign saying Nimblewill Gap/Jones Creek/Camp Wahsega). In approximately 2 miles (after you cross the bridge), the road forks. Veer left onto Forest Service Road 77 and travel for approximately 5 miles to Windingstair Gap (intersection of Forest Service Road 77, Forest Service Road 42, and Forest Service Road 58).
At Windingstair Gap, turn left onto Forest Service Road 42. In approximately 1 mile, the Benton MacKaye Trail crosses this road at Big Stamp Gap. Travel for another mile and you will see a parking area on your right. The Appalachian Trail crosses Forest Service Road 42 at this point.
Alternate Route From Dahlonega, GA travel north on Business Highway 19 to Camp Wahsega Road. Turn left on Camp Wahsega Road for approximately 9 miles to intersection at Camp Frank Merrill. Turn right onto Forest Service Road 80; go approximately 3 miles to intersection with Forest Service Road 42. Turn left on Forest Service Road 42; go approximately 10 miles to Springer Mountain Parking lot on right.
From Blue Ridge, GA – Gosouth on Aska Road to end (13.5 miles). Turn right on Newport Road, go 4.5 miles to end. Turn right onto Doublehead Gap Road; go 2.0 miles to (unmarked) USFS Road 42 on left (Mt. Pleasant Church on right). Turn onto USFS 42, drive 6.5 miles to AT crossing of Forest Road 42 and parking lot on left.
From Blairsville, GA- Take Kiutuestia Road, go 1 mile to the end. Turn right on Old Hwy. 76; go approximately 4.5 miles to Skeenah Gap Road on the left. Turn left and go approximately 8 miles to the end and junction with Hwy. 60. Turn right on Hwy. 60, go 0.24 miles and turn left on Doublehead Gap Road. Go 8.5 miles to Forest Service Road 42 on the left (Mt. Pleasant Church on right). Turn onto USFS 42, drive 6.5 miles to AT crossing of Forest Road 42 and parking lot on left.
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