11 routes · Hiking · Trail Running
Springer Mountain Loop
A ~4-mile trail run that pairs the iconic Appalachian Trail to the Benton MacKaye Trail.
Trail Running Moderate
- 6.6 km
- 263 m
- 263 m
- Low Point
- 946 m
- High Point
- 1.1 km
As the southern terminus of the iconic 2,200-mile long Appalachian Trail, Springer Mountain will see a massive influx of thru-hikers beginning their northbound (NOBO) trek in the early spring. Trail runners should consider exploring another area to keep trails from becoming too overcrowded. Fort Mountain State Park, as well as the Pinhoti Trail to the north and west of Ellijay noth offer incredible trail running year-round without the crowd.
This loop starts at a trailhead high in the mountains along an unpaved road. 2-wheel drive vehicles can navigate the road with ease, but a vehicle with moderate clearance comes highly recommended.
The loop can be run in either direction, and you'll be welcomed with some of the best views in the fall and winter months. Per atlantatrails.com, " It’s a gorgeous hike in any season, but one of our favorite Georgia hikes in winter, when the overlook vistas open to broad and frosty mountaintop views." Leaf season in the fall also offers astonishingly lush vistas, and a quick online search will yield the latest fall foliage forecast.