Length: 10 miles (16.6K)
Hiking Time: About 4 1/2 hours
Restrictions: No motorized
vehicles, bicycles, or horses allowed on trail.
This great hike along beautiful Stover Creek to the summit of Mt.
Springer and offers excellent views of the surrounding mountains.
| This trail utilizes a portion of
the world famous Appalachian Trail, 2,035 miles continuously marked footpath
from Georgia to Maine, as it winds through typical Southern Appalachian
forest settings. The forest walk to the summit and overlook at the top of
Springer Mountain, the hike alongside Stover Creek, the Three Forks
dispersed recreation area and the walk along the top of Rich Mountain are
highlights of this double loop trail. No motorized vehicles.
Trail designed for day hikers, not recommended for horses. The
trail (AT) leaves the parking area and immediately ascends Springer
Mtn. Be certain to go and see the plaque and overview to the
northwest from the top of Springer! Descend from Springer northeast
on the BMT to Big Stamp Gap. Turn west on the BMT and go to Cross
Trails. At Cross Trails follow the combined AT/BMT to where they
will fork again on the south slope of Rich Mtn. Follow either blazed
trail northerly to Three Forks. Take the other trail south back to
Cross Trails. At Cross Trails be sure and take the AT over the small
knob back to parking area!
Directions from Blue Ridge, Georgia:
Travel east (toward Blairsville, GA) on GA Hwy 515,
approx. 0.8 miles past intersection with GA Hwy 5. Turn Right at Windy
Ridge Rd., go 0.2 miles to dead end with Old U.S. 76. Turn left, go 0.2
miles to Aska Road. South on Aska Road to end (13.5 miles). Turn right
onto Newport Road, go 4.5 miles to end. Turn right onto Doublehead Gap
Road, go 2.0 miles to USFS road 42 on left. Turn left onto USFS 42, drive
7.3 miles east to AT crossing near Cross Trails.