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Springer Mountain - Approach Trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Amicalola State Park - Top of the Falls parking lot   Hike: Springer Mountain - Approach Trail  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Nov 3 2022  8:00 am >> Thu, Nov 3 2022 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Oct 3 2022 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Nov 2 2022 11:59 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:15 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bob Bunner
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Come join me for a moderately paced hike on the Approach Trail to the southern terminus of the AT at Springer Mountain.  Who knows, we may get lucky and see some southbounders finishing up their lengthy journey.

We'll meet at the top of the falls parking lot at 8:00 am.  We'll be hiking the entire Approach Trail, about 7.25 milies.  We'll take some breaks so that everyone stays together.  There will be a 20 minute lunch break on top of Springer Mountain.  Then we'll retrace our steps back to the parking lot.  Total distance is about 14.5 miles and about 2,600 feet in elevation gain.

I've listed this event as moderate, but I plan to keep the pace slower than some D5 events to encourage slower hikers to join us.  I will still vet signups because this is still a relatively difficult hike.

There is a $5 GA DNR parking fee per vehicle at Amicalola Falls State Park unless you display an annual pass.

Required Items to Bring:

- Water and lunch

- Clothing appropriate for weather conditions

- Cash for driver and park fee 

Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

DIRECTIONS from GA-400/ I-285 INTERCHANGE in N ATLANTA (Sandy Springs) to AMICALOLA FALLS STATE PARK (about 60 miles or 90 minutes):

1.  From the GA-400/ I-285 interchange go North on GA-400/US-19 N about 42 miles to the traffic light at GA-136 (a.k.a. Harmony Church Rd).
2.  Turn Left off GA-400 onto GA-136 and follow it westward about 17.3 miles.
3.  Bear Right onto GA- 183 (a.k.a. Elliott Pkwy) and go about 1.1 miles.
4.  Bear Right onto GA-52 East and go 1.6 miles.
5.  Turn Left onto Amicalola Falls State Park Rd, at the park entrance.

6.  Continue northward and take the first left.  The road will climb steeply to the top of the falls, where you will take a right and continue to either parking lot.  The trailhead is located next to the upper parking lot, but it is often full, so you may have to use the lower lot which is immediately above the falls.

GPS and GOOGLE.COM/MAPS USERS may wish to augment the above directions by entering the Visitor Center's street Address or Lat/Lon coordinates as your destination:
  418 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534

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.

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Cost Includes:

There is a $5 GA DNR parking fee per vehicle, payable at Amicalola Falls State Park unless you display an annual pass.

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