Appalachian Trail in Georgia
Marker at start of Trail
From Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin,
Maine, the trail winds 2056 miles, including 78 miles
in Georgia. From its start 8 miles north of popular Amicalola Falls it winds north past mountains with names like Blood, Trey and Big Cedar and through gaps named Addis, Neels and Woody.
It follows the high eastern ridge of the Appalachian Mountains. Spring brings an impressive variety of wildflowers common throughout the mountains including bloodroot, trillium, and azalea, laurel and rhododendron in the early summer and covers much of the clear areas of the trails. Forests are mostly old growth hardwood with hickory, oak and poplar dominating.
The trail is easy to follow with white rectangular blazes marking the trail over the entire 2100 miles from Georgia to Maine. Turns are marked with double blazes and side trails and approaches use blue.
Amicalola Falls Trail
An excellent challenging trail that is lightly used, Mountaintown follows old roads and the creek to Forest Service Road 64 at the top of Rich's Knob.
Cohutta Wilderness Area
Beginning near the calm waters and flat land at the bottom of a ridge in the Cohutta Wilderness, Mountaintown Creek trail follows the creek upstream as it meanders north. The path crosses this creek and Crenshaw Branch on a number of occasions. Most are easy even in the spring when the creek can be higher than normal.
Mountaintown was a Cherokee village along the banks of a pristine creek. It was one of the larger Upper Towns villages. The first two miles of the trail are essentially flat.
When the creek splits at the start of the third mile, the trail takes on an entirely different personality. Now it begins the ascent to Rich Knob. The trail rises constantly with only occasional level portions. At times, especially near the top, the trail is steep. The creeks that the trail parallels turn into cascades and falls near the top of the mountain.
Benton MacKaye Trail
The origin of this challenging trail, is Springer Mountain at the Appalachian Trail sign. The Benton MacKaye Trail follows a portion of the original Appalachian Trail then Loops further west, while the Appalachian Trail follows the eastern crest of the Appalachian Mountains, the Benton MacKaye follows the western crest.
Lake Blue Ridge Trail
Length 0.6 mile - this loop trail follows the shoreline of Lake Blue Ridge and offers a great view of the lake. It is flat and a good trail for families with young children. From Blue Ridge, take Old Business 5/Old US 76 east for 1.5 miles to Dry Branch Road. Turn right and go 3 miles to the entrance of the Blue Ridge Recreation Area. The trail begins and ends in the picnic area.