How to Get To Springer Mountain

“Where’s Springer Mountain? You mean the Southern Terminus of the AT? That’s easy… it’s in Georgia. In the woods. Actually wait I don’t know.” Sound familiar? You’re not alone. Luckily, this particular trailhead happens to be popular enough that there are quite a few ways to get there….  it just takes some piecing together.

The Basics:

NOBO hikers have two options:

1) Amicalola State Park: Hikers starting here will complete the Approach Trail, which is about eight miles heading north to the summit of Springer.

2) Springer Mountain Parking Area: Hikers starting here will hike south for a mile to the summit of Springer, then turn around and head north. For simplicity sake, we’ve outlined specifications for both.

The cost of getting to Springer varies entirely on your trip strategy. Hikers who plan to utilize a shuttle service should budget anywhere from $40-$100 for the ride. Factors include pickup location, number of people traveling, and what service you use. MARTA, Greyhound, and AMTRAK tickets will run between $10-$40 depending on distance of trip.

Starting Locations:

Springer Mountain Parking Area: 34.637467, -84.195317 // N34 38.248 W84 11.719
Amicalola State Park: 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534

Nearest Airport:

Atlanta International Airport (ATL) (89 miles south of Springer)

Nearest Town with Public Transportation:

Gainesville (48 miles south of Springer)
Super 8
Hilton Garden Inn
Motel 6

Nearest Decent-Sized Town:

Dahlonega (22 miles south of Springer)
Hiker Hostel
Holiday Inn Express
Quality Inn

Getting Anywhere from the Atlanta Airport 

To reach Gainesville from the Atlanta airport, you will need to take the MARTA to the Greyhound stop, or airport shuttle to the AMTRAK station. If you have a bigger shuttle budget, many shuttle services will pick you up from the Atlanta Airport or the North Springs MARTA stop.

  • Airport → North Springs MARTA Stop: North Springs MARTA is a popular place to be picked up from shuttle services. (See below.) MARTA provides bus and train services to the Atlanta area, and can be found at Ground Transportation at the Atlanta airport.

Shuttle Services

Have your credit card handy in case services want payment over the phone. Call early to make sure you can get the shuttle on the same day your flight gets to Atlanta. Nearly all of the listed services will pick you up from the MARTA North Springs station, Gainesville Greyhound or AMTRAK depots, or the Atlanta airport.

Richard Anderson:  Pickups at Atlanta Airport, Gainesville public depots, and many points along the AT. Will shuttle to points in North Carolina, and offers options for slackpacking and section hikers. Accepts texts, emails, and calls.
Cell: 404-408-2524; Home: 706-276-2520

Hiker Hostel: Offering shuttle services from the North Springs MARTA station all the way to trail crossings along the Georgia section of the AT.

Suches Hiker Shuttle:  Based out of Suches, Georgia. Dogs allowed.

Survivor Dave will pick you up at transportation depots or MARTA stop.
678-469-0978. Call between 8am-8pm EST. No email reservations.

Ron Brown: Based out of Ellijay, Georgia. Timely response time to email, also accepts texts.
Home: 706-636-2825; Cell: 706-669-0919 

Hank Carter: Based out of Atlanta, GA. Rides to and from airport and public transportation. Pets are allowed and and he can stop for groceries and some supplies if needed.
(678) 525-3497

David Tyler: Rides from Atlanta to Springer or Amicalola

Alpine’s Hiker Shuttle Services: Service to Springer and Amicalola from public transportation depots and Atlanta.

Scott Dowling: Pickups from Atlanta or MARTA stations, as well as Gainesville AMTRAK or Greyhound stations.

Sally and Joyce: (reader submission) They live outside Hiawassee and can be reached before 7pm EST at 706-896-9339 or [email protected]

GryWolf Shuttles: This service has not decided on an open date for the season, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.

Bill’s Wheels: Full-service shuttle with multiple pick-up options. Note: Site has not updated for the 2017 season.

Driving Directions:

Dahlonega to Amicalola State Park

From Dahlonega, take Hwy. 52 West about 20 miles to Amicalola Falls State Park. Parking is available at the visitor’s center.

The Hike: The trail departs from the iconic arch and follows blue blazes past the towering waterfall and through the state park, intersecting with several other trails. There are a few shelters along the way. You will reach Springer after about eight miles of hiking. Continue north to begin your journey.

Dahlonega to Springer Mountain Parking Area

Head west on Highway 52 for about nine miles. Turn right by a sign for Nimblewill Baptist Church. After about two miles, turn right onto Forest Service Road 28-1 by a sign for Nimblewill Gap.  In about two miles, the road forks and you head left onto Forest Service Road 77 and drive for about five miles to Windingstair Gap. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 42 and drive for about two miles before you see the parking area on your right. 

Keep in mind that weather and changing road conditions can alter routes at any point. It’s a rough road, so be sure to do your research before heading out. For alternate driving directions, check out the Forest Service page here.

The Hike: From the Springer Mountain Parking Area, follow the white blazes south for about one mile to the summit of Springer. Turn around, and head back to the parking lot, wave at the people who are probably still standing there, and continue north.

There you have it! Hopefully nobody’s hike was ever cancelled because they couldn’t find Springer Mountain, but you never know. If we left out any helpful info or your favorite shuttle service, feel free to leave it in the comments.

 

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Comments 3

  • JASH : Jan 11th

    Great article about resources to get you to Springer Mountain.

    Reply
  • Jody Chancey : Jan 13th

    Great information. I will be hiking from Navarre, FL and will approach Springer from the Pinhoti and Benton MacKaye trails.

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  • Haiku : Jan 21st

    I took Uber from Marta North Springs last year! It cost only $40. Yes, my driver actually took me on the dirt roads all the way to the parking lot at Springer. Get some other people in on it and it will be super cheap.

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