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Springer-Three Forks Double Loop

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This great hike along beautiful Stover Creek to the summit of Mt. Springer and offers excellent views of the surrounding mountains.

Overview:
Event Hiking
Location Springer Mountain, GA
Date(s) & Time
Sign up deadline
Duration Day trip
Difficulty (1 - 6) 3. Moderate
Distance 8.6, 10 or 12 miles
Adult Leaders Albert Bodamer,
  Cost   Bring money for fast food stop on way home.
Who may attend Scouts 13 and older, First Class & above & registered Scouters in the Troop. Must have successfully completed a prior hike > 6 miles.
Itinerary:
This hike in the Chattahoochee National Forest in North Georgia travels along two famous trails the famous 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail, which extends from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Maine, as well as the 250 mile Benton MacKaye Trail, which runs along a rugged terrain in North Georgia and is named for the founder of the Appalachian Trail, Benton MacKaye. The trail winds through typical Southern Appalachian forest settings. The forest walk to the summit and overlook at the top of Springer Mountain (AT mile marker 0.0), 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.
 
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!

This hike offers the option of an 8.6 mile loop from Springer to Three Forks and back, the 10 mile "Double Loop" described above, or a 12 mile hike can be achieved by hiking north an additional 2 miles round trip from Three Forks to view Long Creek Falls.

Pack List:
  • Day pack
  • Appropriate clothing for weather conditions
  • Socks/liners
  • Good hiking boots/shoes that fit and are broken in
  • 2, 2 Liter Nalgenes of water/electrolyte drink
  • Rain gear
  • Hiking pole(s), optional
  • Cash for food on drive home
 
 
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Difficulty Ratings:

1. Easy

  Generally 4 miles or less, leisurely pace, and/or gentle elevation gain (less than 400 feet)
   
2. Easy to Moderate
  Generally 6 miles or less and/or moderate pace, gentle to moderate elevation gain (less than 1000 feet).
   
3. Moderate
  Generally 8 miles or less and/or increased elevation gain (less than 1500 feet) and/or faster pace.
   
4. Moderate to Difficult
  Generally 10 miles or less and/or more challenging elevation gain (1500 to 2500 feet) and/or faster pace.
   
5. Difficult
  Generally 15 mi or less and/or challenging elevation gain (2500 to 4000 feet) and/or seasonal conditions or special considerations.
   
6. Strenuous
  Generally distance of 15 mi+ and/or challenging elevation gain (4000 feet or more) and/or seasonal conditions or special considerations.
 
 
 
       
       
       
       
       
       
     
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