Appalachian Trail (AT)
The infamous Appalachian Trail starts its 2,000+-mile journey to Main right here in Fannin County. Several convenient access points near Blue Ridge allow for easy entry onto the AT and open up a range of options for exploration. Several of the most popular Appalachian Trail day hikes visit the southern terminus of the trail at Springer Mountain, taking in sweeping views from the summit.
Three Forks to Springer Mountain
8.6 Mile Round Trip
The ultra-scenic hike from the Three Forks river valley to the summit of Springer Mountain climbs through a widely diverse series of landscapes. From the lush, mossy, creek-filled valley at Three Forks, the trail climbs through a dense forest on the lower elevations of Springer Mountain before traversing the rocky summit.
AT Approach Trail
15.5 Miles Round Trip
Waterfalls AND mountain-top views on one trail? What could be better? The Appalachian Approach Trail summits Springer Mountain from the top of Georgia’s tallest waterfall, Amicalola Falls. From the falls, the trail climbs through a forest filled with hemlock, pine, poplar, rhododendron and mountain laurel before reaching the summit. A bronze plaque on the mountaintop commemorates the southernmost white trail blaze on the Appalachian Trail.