Welcome to

Georgia

Annually, almost 4,000 inspired thru-hikers began their ambitious journeys at Georgia’s Springer Mountain, with the goal of hiking the entire A.T. north through 14 states to Maine.

78.1 MILES

A.T. Miles in State

RATING: 2-7

Easy to Challenging

2510′-4461′

Elevation Range in Feet

atc_rp8761_view-from-blood-mountain-lpr

Cool to know

North Georgia mountains are nothing like the rest of Georgia.
The mountains are tall and rugged—the highest peak (Blood Mountain) is 4,461 feet—taller than 3 1/2 Empire State Buildings. The lowest elevation is over 2500 feet—higher than any point on the A.T. from northern Virginia to Massachusetts. You won’t find peach trees blooming or peanut farms here! Almost half of the A.T. in Georgia passes through federally designated wilderness.

atc_rp8761_view-from-blood-mountain-lpr
atc_rp7593_sobos_at_ten_mile_river_2013_by_kaelin_kolb

Need to know

In March and early April the A.T. can be frigid and crowded. Campsites can be very crowded with thru-hikers starting their treks to Maine and students on spring break. Because of the elevation, the mountains of North Georgia can be miserably cold; snowfall and cold temperatures can rival lower mountains a thousand Trail miles north. You can encounter snow from November through March or April. During cold snaps temperatures can dip to single digits.

Get Involved

Georgia Appalachian Trail Club

Georgia Appalachian Trail Club

The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club manages, maintains and protects the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Georgia with volunteers from its membership and the interested public. The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club promotes the appreciation of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and natural outdoor places through education and recreational activities, with an emphasis on conservation ethics and protection of the forests, their natural resources and wilderness areas. georgia-atclub.org.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

ATC Volunteer Program

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is always looking for dedicated volunteers to help maintain the A.T. and assist in our visitor center and headquarters. Opportunities range from greeting visitors and providing information about local hikes to joining a Trail crew for week-long maintenance trips, gaining first-hand experience in what it takes to keep the A.T. open and enjoyable for millions each year. Learn more at appalachiantrail.org/volunteer.