[pct-l] AT and Springer Mt. Question

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Fri Sep 1 09:45:44 CDT 2006

In a message dated 9/1/2006 6:05:24 AM Eastern Standard Time,  
Hiker97 at aol.com writes:

There is  a state park several miles  from Springer Mt. and the southern  
terminus of the AT.  I was there about 6 years ago.

I seem to  remember that it had a big wooden arch for the beginning of the   
AT.  There was even a hiker hotel on a hill above the park.  The  park  seem 
be real beginning of the trail.  May be it was a  convenient  starting point 
a NoBo AT hike.  But I think it  was 8 miles from  Springer Mt.  That does 
make sense to  me.
It's a stone arch and it's in Amicalola State Park, which has no official  
relation to the AT(white blazed trail).   The hiker hiker hotel is  actually a 
really nice lodge.  The trail that leads to Springer Mountain is  called the 
Approach Trail (blue blazed trail).  You can also drive around  on paved and 
forest service roads to a parking area .9 of a mile north of  Springer.  Off the 
Approach Trail there's the Len Foote Inn (hike in  only).
_http://www.hike-inn.com/_ (http://www.hike-inn.com/) 

What is this park in relationship  to the AT? 

I  was going to drive up  to Springer Mt. and see the southern AT terminus,  
but for some reason I  could not.  I do not remember why.   I am old.


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