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Amicalola Visitors Center to Springer Mountain (and back)

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Amicalola Falls State Park   Hike: Amicalola Visitors Center to Springer Mountain (and back)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Nov 19 2017  7:00 am >> Sun, Nov 19 2017 5:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Nov 14 2017 7:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Nov 18 2017 5:00 pm
Event Duration:10 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:18.5 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Please read the entire page before registering for this event.

This hike has an estimated distance of around 18.5 miles, and the estimated total elevation gain is above 4,000 feet. We will hike at a consistent moderate pace with minimum stops. Recent hiking experience on similar hikes is required (D5/D6). If you haven't done similar hikes recently with AOC, please include a description of your recent hikes in the notes section when you register.

We will start the hike at Amicalola Falls Visitor's Center, taking the East Ridge Trail to the Top of the Falls parking lot. From there, we will take the Appalachian Approach Trail all the way to Springer Mountain. On the way back, we will take the AT Approach back until intersects with the Hike Inn trail. We will leave the AT Approach trail at this point and take the Hike Inn trail, making a quick stop at the Hike Inn. We will then continue our way back on the Hike Inn trail until we get to the Top of the Falls parking lot, and then take the East Ridge Trail back to the Visitor's Center.

For carpooling, we will leave Mansell Park & Ride by 7:00 AM, so please arrive earlier. We should arrive to the Visitor's Center and start the hike around 8:00 AM. Parking at the Amicalola Falls State Park costs $5 per car, or you can use your Georgia State Parks annual pass.

Required Items to Bring:

Water + lunch/snacks
Whatever you need if you are alergic to bee/wasp stings, etc.
Extra clothes/shoes to change for the ride home
Cash for your driver if you are carpooling
Cash for parking as needed

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Amicalola Falls State Park (Visitor's Center)

Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge Visitor Center
Top of The Falls RD, Dawsonville, GA 30534

GPS coordinates: 34.557890, -84.249776



Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):104Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $41.60 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


Parking at the Amicalola Falls State Park costs $5 per car, or you can use your Georgia State Parks annual pass.

The difficulty rating for this hike is based on estimates. If these estimates are updated or corrected at any point before or after the hike, the difficulty rating may be modified accordingly.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

To get credit for the hike, you must complete the entire hike.