Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Completing the Appalachian Trail may be a goal for many a hiker, but not everyone gets the opportunity to take a go at it. However, you don't need five months off work to enjoy this historic trail. There are plenty of epic day hikes just waiting for you to explore along the AT. Below are some of the best in the southeast.

Springer Mountain Loop Springer Mountain Loop
Springer Mountain Loop
Length4.8 mi Difficulty6.3 Georgia
This loop combines two historic long trails, the Appalachian Trail and the Benton MacKaye. Hike to the southern terminus of the AT at the summit of Springer Mountain, then walk the BMT to views and creek crossings.
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Siler Bald via Winding Stair Gap Siler Bald via Winding Stair Gap
Siler Bald via Winding Stair Gap
Length8.7 mi Difficulty12.3 North Carolina
The longer route to Siler Bald is longer than it is difficult and makes a great day hike heading southbound on the Appalachian Trail. Siler Bald gives you 360-degree views on a short side trail.
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Blood Mountain via Bear Hair Gap Trail Blood Mountain via Bear Hair Gap Trail
Blood Mountain via Bear Hair Gap Trail
Length9.2 mi Difficulty16.1 Georgia
There are several ways to summit Blood Mountain and this is my favorite. Hiking to this popular summit is rewarding no matter which direction you come from.
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Charlies Bunion Charlies Bunion
Charlies Bunion
Length7.7 mi Difficulty11.6 North Carolina Tennessee
One of the best hikes in the Smokies, Charlies Bunion lies just off the AT. Climb up this exposed rock to amazing views along the NC/TN state line.
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Standing Indian Mountain Standing Indian Mountain
Standing Indian Mountain
Length5 mi Difficulty6.4 North Carolina
Hike northbound along the Appalachian Trail to the summit of Standing Indian Mountain, the highest point in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness.
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Preachers Rock Preachers Rock
Preachers Rock
Length1.9 mi Difficulty4.4 Georgia
One of the best examples of a short and sweet hike, this section of the Appalachian Trail takes you to an expansive view in under two miles round-trip.
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Rocky Mountain Loop Rocky Mountain Loop
Rocky Mountain Loop
Length5.1 mi Difficulty12.5 Georgia
Hike this challenging loop over Rocky Mountain travelling northbound on the Appalachian Trail. This hike starts with one of the most difficult climbs along the AT in Georgia.
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Tray Mountain via Unicoi Gap Tray Mountain via Unicoi Gap
Tray Mountain via Unicoi Gap
Length10 mi Difficulty23.9 Georgia
Hike to two summits along this difficult 10 mile round-trip section of the AT.
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