The Georgia section of the A.T. extends for approximately 76 miles across the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia generally in a northeasterly direction from Springer Mountain
to Bly Gap, just across the North Carolina state line.
An 8-mile approach trail leading to remote Springer Mtn begins at Amicalola Falls State Park on Highway 52. From its southern terminus at Springer Mtn, the A.T. descends at times to low valleys, crossing several streams, but mostly follows ridges at
elevations around 3000 feet and rises at times to summits over 4000 feet.
Outstanding peaks along the A.T. include Springer Mtn, Big Cedar Mtn, Blood Mtn, Cowrock Mtn, Rocky Mtn, Tray Mtn, and Kelly Knob. The trail crosses major highways at Woody Gap, Neels Gap, Tesnatee Gap, Hogpen Gap, Unicoi Gap, and Dicks Creek Gap.
The Georgia A.T. is almost etirely in the Chattahoochee National Forest. It borders or passes through eight counties: Gilmer; Fannin; Union; Lumpkin; Towns; White; Habersham; and Rabun; and four Ranger Districts: Toccoa, Chattooga, Brasstown, and Tallulah. Approximately 40 miles of the Georgia A.T. is within Congressionally designated Wilderness areas: Blood Mtn Wilderness, Raven Cliffs Wilderness, Mark Trail Wilderness, Tray Mtn Wilderness, and Southern Nantahala Wilderness. Approximately 12 miles of the A.T. and the Approach Trail (are) within the Ed Jenkins (Springer Mtn) National Recreation Area (NRA).
GATC Mission Statement: 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.
call the Chattahoochee - Oconee National Forest at (770) 297-3000.