Northeast Georgia Mountains / Dawsonville

Appalachian Trail - Approach Trail

418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road
Dawsonville, GA 30534

706-265-8888
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Oct. 3, 2013, NOTE: Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed. For more information, go to www.doi.gov.

An 8-mile approach leading from Amicalola Falls State Park begins the 78-mile Georgia portion of this famous hiking trail to Maine. Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail is located 8.5 miles north of Amicalola Falls. Call the park at 706-265-4703 for more information. The Appalachian Trail in Georgia extends some 75 miles through the primitive areas of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Although rising at times to elevations of over 4,000 feet, the Trail is mostly along ridges at elevations of about 3,000 feet. It offers unlimited hiking adventure of exceptional challenge and variety. Ascents and descents are sometimes steep, but are often rewarded by scenic vistas from rocky outcrops and open summits. A series of white blazes, trail marking, indicate the Appalachian Trail while blue blazes designate side trails and trails to water. Along the way, the hiker will find shelters for camping. The Trail's southern terminus is located atop remote Springer Mountain, near Forest Service Road 42. Since this area is difficult to reach by automobile, an 8.8 mile blue blazed "approach trail " begins at Amicalola Falls State Park on GA 52. Outstanding peaks along the Trail include Big Cedar Mountain, Blood Mountain, Cowrock Mountain, Rocky Mountain, and Tray Mountain. One of the many side trails leads from Chattahoochee Gap to the highest point in Georgia, Brasstown Bald. Bly Gap on the Georgia/North Carolina border is the northern end of the AT in Georgia. See the complete trail description. The Georgia Trail is managed and maintained by the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Forest Service, Chattahoochee National Forest.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: All Day
    Monday: All Day
    Tuesday: All Day
    Wednesday: All Day
    Thursday: All Day
    Friday: All Day
    Saturday: All Day

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Free

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Open Year 'Round

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages