Springer Mountain

Springer Mountain, Blue Ridge: Address, Springer Mountain Reviews: 4/5

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jdruffel
Kissimmee, Florida7 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
My family and I hiked this trail from the springer mountain parking lot. My daughter is 3 and my son is 6. It is a fairly steep incline the whole 1 mile to the peak where the Appalachian trail begins (or ends depending on where you start). My two kids hiked the whole way up themselves. Then, I had to carry my daughter down because she was tired. It is very rocky on the way up but this helps you keep your footing. We went on an overcast and wet day but really enjoyed it and were excited to say we hiked part of the Appalachian trail.
Written 28 December 2021
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Martin E
Bradenton, FL8 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
6 mile USFS road to get to the Appalachian Trail parking lot, then 1 mile hike to AT southern terminus.

Road is gravel and dirt with some potholes/minor gulleys. Can be dusty if driven during dry periods. Easily driven by any truck or SUV, crossover, etc. (Anything besides a compact car). Those that complain of "bone jarring" road simply drove too fast. Take your time and enjoy the scenery!

Hike at the trailhead is fun and a great treat to reach the peak of Springer Men that is also the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Heavily travelled, but a great milestone to visit.

Nearby the terminus is a campsite that has a primitive outhouse for those that need a relief.

For those that would enjoy a longer hike, after visiting the terminus, head onto the Benton MacKaye trail for a 4 mile loop back to the AT parking lot. You'll reach the peak of Ball Mountain, then travel along a totally different ecosystem along several creeks forested with rhododendron, three creek crossings that are very easy.
Written 16 March 2021
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Matthew D
Atlanta, GA68 contributions
Mar 2021
This review is coming from someone who is not a seasoned hiker. I've done my fair share of hikes but I'm not the type of person that camps outside, has crampons and walking sticks and fancy gear—I'm more of a casual hiker. If you're like me, read on.

First off, the road leading up is 6 miles of bouncing and dirt roads and no guardrails. At first it was a little jarring, but because my partner and I were in a brand new Bronco Sport, we had a fun time climbing up and down the hill in our car. Most of the vehicles at the trail site were 4x4 vehicles, but we did see a Prius and an Accord so I wouldn't say 4x4 is a necessity but a recommendation. It gets pretty bouncy in spots. We parked in the Appalachian Trail Head lot.

We walked the Benton Mackaye Trail that we read was only 4.7 miles. This is a lie. I would estimate around 6.5 miles in total but it is a beautiful hike. This is a loop that intersects with the start of the Appalacian Trail so you will run into some hardcore hikers and campers while walking this trail.

You can start in 2 different spots but we started right from the parking area per the Park Ranger's recommendation. It starts off rocky and steep but you get some amazing views to start the hike. At around 4 miles in or so, there's an overlook that's breathtaking. Another 2.5 miles and you'll start walking through some creeks that are really beautiful and the forest transforms from being a north Georgia forest to something that rivals the greenery in Florida. It becomes lush and almost tropical and so peaceful with the streams of water.

We passed a few of those and that's about the time I wish the hike ended. We were already over 5 miles in thinking it would be over in another half mile but we kept walking for what felt like hours and eventually ended up on the windy steep road just past our car. Then it was another quarter mile to the lot we parked in.

It was a beautiful hike with a lot of cool things to see and some diversity in terrain. We heard owls screeching, birds everywhere, and what looked like little bits of granite and marble rock around.

I definitely recommend but would label this a moderate hike for someone like me who is not a Park Ranger level hiker. But beautiful nonetheless.
Written 9 March 2021
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pay
St. Petersburg, Florida1 contribution
Jan 2021 • Friends
Mountain was great but the unpaved access roads to get there are in such bad shape currently that they should be closed. Rocky, deteriorated, fallen trees. It was like riding over a bed of 1 to 2 foot speed bumps for miles on end. The suv felt like it was going to fall apart and that was going 10 miles an hour or less. Some areas you are reduced to a crawl. Took an hour to get up the mountain given how bad the roads were. Mind you we were in an suv and was still more nerve racking than driving a 2 wheel drive minivan through the Colorado Rockies. Some people were in cars who were totally out of their element and definitely did damage to their undercarriages and suspension with the lack of ground clearance.The worst drive of my life and I was cursing the forest service the entire way for how poorly the road was maintained. You basically need a 4 wheel drive and if you don’t, your behind will be puckered up so much you could make a diamond out of a lump of coal.
Written 2 January 2021
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Christy D
Savannah, GA86 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
The drive up and down via US Forest Service Road 48 is winding & not to be underestimated. The hike up to the Appalachian Trail Southern Terminus marker is rocky and not easy for “occasional hikers”; walking sticks, good hiking footwear and taking your time is a must for those wanting to savor the effort and getting the bragging right for reaching the marker. Views up / down the trail are fair; views at the top can give one a sense of peace.
Written 16 March 2020
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Loopy96
Fort Myers, FL87 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
The map associated with this listing is wrong. Springer Mountain is not in Blue Ridge off of 5. Just a heads up for anyone else looking.
Written 2 January 2020
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RelaxationRN
11 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
Beautiful hike with beautiful views! The trail is a bit rocky, but splendid at the top. Bring your hiking sticks!
Written 10 October 2019
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KRISTIE M
Hertford, NC71 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We were very surprised at this trailhead to the Appalachian Trail. To say it's remote is an understatement. We drove 6.5 miles down a long, winding, dirt and gravel road. Small parking lot and no facilities. The hike up to Springer Mountain is very enjoyable. Shaded, very green, and beautiful. Well worth it!
Written 17 June 2019
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Timezone Travelers
Venice, FL1,576 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
We started at Three Forks and made the 4.1 mile hike to Springer Mountain. It's a moderate hike with mostly uphill to Springer Mountain then the return is obviously downhill. The view is just ok. Mostly overgrown and very minimal view. Was a nice day for a 6 hour or so round trip just wish the views were better and more open.
Written 4 June 2018
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chrissy2655
florida13 contributions
May 2018 • Family
Easy to find, great photo ops! Easy trail to walk. Well maintained forestry roads. 4wheel drive not necessary.
Written 19 May 2018
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