Springer Mountain

Springer Mountain

Approximate size: 12,659 acres
Old-growth known: 712 acres

This area is best known for Springer Mountain and the start of America’s most iconic trail, the Appalachian Trail (AT). In addition to the first mile of the AT, this area also contains the start of AT’s sister trail, the Benton MacKaye, and about half of the AT Approach Trail. These trails led to the central part of the area being included in the Ed Jenkins National Recreation Area. Other attractions include: the Jake and Bull Mountain Trail Complex, which is one of the most popular draws for mountain biking and horseback riding in the region; and Jones Creek, which provides excellent camping and fishing opportunities.

Recreational users experience a largely natural landscape. Lance Creek is the second largest inventoried roadless area in Georgia, and it makes up much of the view from the scenic vista on the Benton MacKaye Trail. Large tracts of oldgrowth, mostly mixed oak, still remain in the upper reaches of this area. Adjacent areas were logged, but more lightly than most of north Georgia. They still contain many old trees (including the oldest known Virginia pine), providing habitat that is scarce in younger forests. While most of this area is well protected, unprotected extensions remain on both the east and west sides. These additions are needed for watershed health and protecting the integrity of the roadless area.

Help us protect this 16,000-acre oasis of waterfalls, old-growth, rare species, panoramic views, and world-class trails.


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