Appalachian Trail in Georgia
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, Chattahoochee Wildlife Management Area, and passes through five federally designated wilderness areas.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) is open and trail shelter in Georgia are available. Hikers are advised to bring a personal tent and face coverings. Shelters might not be frequently maintained at all locations. Dispersed camping is also available. Not all privies are open or maintained. Guidance is available on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) website for trip planning, hiking safety and COVID-19 precautions.|
|Best Season:||April-May & September-October|
|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. View 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 InformationGeneral Notes:
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. See also information about safety and crime prevention from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Although the section of the AT passing through Georgia can be accessed and enjoyed all year long, there are better times than others to make the trip. In March and early April Georgia receives a flood of Spring-Breakers and thu-hikers. So if you're looking for a more solitary experience, you will most likely want to avoid these months.
The AT in Georgia has many sections which are ideal for day hikes. These spur-trails are ideal for those who can't afford the time to complete longer portions of the trail, and ensure day-hikers the restorative experience that is the Appalachian Trail.
These trails are blue-blazed and usually very clearly marked:
With elevations ranging 2,510-4,461, and a difficulty rating of 6 (1=Flat, 5=Strenuous ups and downs with only occasional flat sections, 10=Use of hands required, footing precarious--not recommended for those with fear of heights and not in good physical condition), this rugged trail runs north past Blood, Tray and Big Cedar Mountains, and through gaps named Addis, Neels, Unicoi, and Woody to name just a few.
The beginning of the southern terminus can be reached via FS 42 and hiking 1 mile south to the terminus. It can also be reached through an 8-mile blue-blazed approach trail coming from Amicolola State Park.
The AT is clearly marked with white, rectangular blazes, however, in the wilderness, the blazes are positioned less often and the trail tends to be more rocky and rugged.
The southern chain of the Appalachian Mountains are home to a rich and diverse list of species, and some that can be found no where else on earth. Binoculars and cameras are most definitely nice things to have while on this trail.
The Appalachian trail in Georgia offers a wide range of scenic opportunities, full of breath-taking panoramic views and carved out and richly colored canyon walls.
Alerts & Warnings
- Before riding your UTV, Educate Yourself!
- Town Creek OHV Closed
- Flatlands Road (FSR 256 and FSR 637) Closed
- Lake Conasauga Reservation Only
- Recreation passes available online, by phone and in-person
- Road Closures on the Chattooga River Ranger District
- Coleman River Rd (FSR #54) Closure
- CAUTION Waterfall Dangers
- CALL BEFORE YOU HAUL - ATV and OHV
- Panther Creek Trail Temporary Hiker Restrictions
- Don't Move Firewood!