|Johns Mountain overlook, Pinhoti Trail|
The Fifty Trail crosses north Georgia from west to east on nothing but well-established first-class hiking trails. It starts on the 166-mile Georgia Pinhoti Trail, along which you can find several of the 104 surviving worldwide populations the rare Georgia aster blooming in fall.
The Pinhoti Trail coincides with the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail near Cave Spring and also between Dalton and Chatsworth where it passes the Historic Chief Vann House.
The Pinhoti Trail ends in the woods of north Georgia where it meets the Benton MacKaye Trail. The Fifty Trail turns eastward following the Benton MacKaye Trail for 72 miles to Three Forks where it ends at the Appalachian National Scenic Trail just 4.9 miles north of its southern Terminus at Springer Mountain.
The Fifty Trail turns north on the Appalachian Trail, but the hiker is encouraged to take the side trip to Springer. Also highly recommended is the lower end of the approach trail at Amicalola Falls State Park with its 608 steps providing up-close-and-intimate views of this stunning waterfall.
The trail route follows the Appalachian Trail 70.8 miles to the North Carolina Border at Bly Gap.
This segment also includes the next 42.8 miles of Appalachian Trail in southern North Carolina. This section passes notable landmarks such as Albert Mountain Fire Tower and a Siler Bald where a short side trail to the summit provides wonderful views.
At Wayah Bald, a half mile beyond the stone observation tower, the Fifty Trail turns east on the Bartram Trail.
MAPS and TRAIL GUIDES:
Georgia Pinhoti Trail: http://pinhoti.info/joomla/
Benton MacKaye Trail association: http://www.bmta.org/
Benton MacKaye Trail too: http://www.georgiatrails.com/gt/benton_mackaye_trail
Appalachian Trail in Georgia: https://www.atlantatrails.com/georgia-appalachian-trail/
HEART OF THE TRAIL:
Appalachian Trail, Gooch Gap, over Blood Mountain, to Dick’s Creek Gap. (50.8 miles)