Appalachian Trail in Georgia

  

The AT plaque can be seen on the rock outcrop below a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Stretching across 14 states, more than 76 miles of the Appalachian Trail (AT) are in Georgia. This stretch of the AT offers views of some of the state's most diverse and stunning ecosystems as it winds northward through the Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area and passes through five federally designated wilderness areas. 

Appalachian Trail Limits of Stay

The U.S. Forest Service has established new limits of stay regulations at all Appalachian National Scenic Trail (Appalachian Trail) shelters, as well as one campsite and two overnight sites within the southern region.  Overnight stays at all of the southern region Appalachian Trail shelters, Davis Path Overnight Site, Davis Farm Overnight Site, and Wayah Bald Shelter Camp are now limited to three days within a 30-day period. 

For more detailed information about this regulation, refer to: 

At a Glance

Best Season: April-May & September-October
Busiest Season: March
Restrictions: Only foot traffic is allowed on the Appalachian Trail.

SPECIAL NOTICE: Between March 1 and June 1 each year, anyone camping overnight along the five miles of the Appalachian Trail from Jarrard Gap to Neels Gap on the Chattahoochee National Forest is required to use bear resistant canisters. Read the Forest Supervisor's Order and see a map of the affected area.
Information Center: Below are links to websites that have the most up-to-date and accurate information on almost anything and everything you might want or need to know: 

General Information

General Notes:
The southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail begins on the expansive rock outcrop overlook at the top of Springer Mountain at 3,782 feet above sea level. A plaque reading "Georgia to Maine--a footpath for those who seek fellowship with the wilderness"  is embedded in the mountain to commemorate the Appalachian Trail.

The 76.4 miles of the AT passing through Georgia are protected by a one mile boundary secured by an agreement between the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service.  

The most effective way to prevent mishaps is to adequately prepare for the trip. Click here for important safety and seasonal information about hiking the AT in Georgia.


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