Trip-specific: Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide

Drive Guide - Springer Mountain from Sassafras Mtn

  • Google Maps:
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: No gates encountered; lots of dirt road.
  • **Directions: Duration =
    • Continue West on Coopers Gap Rd / Appalachian Blue Ridge Rd and go 5.0
    • Straight on Hightower Gap Rd (merges in from R) and go 0.8
    • Name change to Winding Stair Gap Rd and go 1.6
    • Bear R onto USFS-? and go 2.6

Drive Guide - Springer Mountain TO Atlanta

  • Google Maps:
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: No gates encountered; lots of dirt road.
  • Directions: Duration
    • L out of lot and go 2.6
    • R on Winding Stair Gap Rd and go 4.9
    • Road makes sharp L, then turn R on FS-28 and go 2.0
    • R on Nimblewill Church Rd and go 700 ft
    • L on Nimblewill Church Rd and go 1.2
    • Bear R on GA-52 W and go 1.8
    • Bear L on Max Wehunt Rd and go 1.1
    • Bear L on SR-342 and go 2.4
    • L on GA-136 E and go 3.2
    • Bear R on Shoal Creek Rd and go 2.6
    • Go around the square and go R ond GA-9 S and go 11.9
    • L on GA-369 E and go 1
    • R on GA-400 S and go 29.5

Drive Guide - Springer Mountain from Atlanta

  • Google Maps URL from Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285 at 33.91998, -84.33898:
    • TO summit: http://goo.gl/maps/LLxmQ
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: No gates encountered; lots of dirt road.
  • Directions from Atlanta: Duration = 1:55 (2014 measurement)
    • GA-400 North for 41 miles
    • L on GA-136 West, Harmony Church Rd and go 11.7
    • R on Bailey Waters Rd and go 3.6
    • R on Wesley Chapel Rd and go 2.9
    • Bear L on (unmarked) Nimblewill Church Rd and go 1.1
    • R at T at church to stay on Nimblewill Church Rd and go 0.1
    • L on FS-28-1 and go 2.1
      • Note: At 0.3, keep R.
    • Bear L onto USFS-77 and go 4.9 (This doesn’t quite match Google in 2014.)
    • L on dirt road and go 2.6 (I think this is USFS-42).
    • Parking lot on R. Lot frequently full by mid-morning on weekends/holidays.
    • Note: USFS-77 had some moderate mud spots, erosion down to rough rocks, and deep ruts. But Appalachian Blue Ridge and Winding Stair Gap Rd north of Deerlick Gap was a muddy morass. I drove it downhill on my way to Sassafras Mtn, and I don’t think I could have driven it uphill.
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: GA-400 at GA-53 near Dawsonville. Last chance for gas!
    • Penultimate McDonalds: GA-400 at GA-306
    • Anti-penultimate McDonalds: GA-400 at GA-20 (turn L 0.3 from 400) in Cumming

Drive Guide - Springer Mountain from Rock Mtn (HC-008)

  • Directions from Rocky Mtn (HC-008): Duration = 1:00
    • Head South/East (away from US-76/GA-5) on Rock Creek/Stanley Creek Rd and go 3.9
    • R on Aska Rd and go 5.1 (expensive restaurant here)
    • R on Newport Rd and go 4.2
    • R on Doublehead Gap Rd and go 2.0
    • L toward Blue Ridge WMA (maybe USFS-42). (@ gravel lot on R w/2 Mt. Pleasant Church)
      • Go 6.5 on dirt road. Big parking lot on left.

Trail Guide

  • Duration: 1.0 miles, 400’ climb, Ascent = 0:45, Descent = 0:30
  • Navigation
    • Trailhead is across the road from the parking lot.
    • There is a ridge line just west of the dirt road. Follow the AT up this ridge to the summit.
    • Frequent small boulders in trail slow the hike.
  • Trailhead altitude: 3375
  • Summit altitude: 3758
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Trailhead: 34.63745, -84.19540
    • Summit: 34.62680, -84.19370

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: Yes
  • Space to guy mast: Yes
  • Cell coverage: AT&T=good, Vzn=good, APRS=good.
    • Note: No cell at parking. If you’re going to another summit afterward, get your Google map route at the summit.
  • Unique features: Southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail (marked with a plaque).