The Troop Beverly Paula Georgia Chapter was started in style today. For our first activity, we went big: the Appalachian Trail! Two of my friends and I went to Amicalola State Park, the site of the Southern Terminus Access Trail to the Appalachian Trail. We left Atlanta around 6 a.m., because of course any good Troop Beverly Paula excursion leaves early. Before we left Atlanta we also stopped for a coffee break, another Troop Beverly Paula signature activity. We drove about an hour and a half north of Atlanta, passing through some really pretty countryside. I am excited for fall in northern Georgia because there are tons of beautiful trees that have the potential to be amazing in a matter of weeks. Anyway, we finally made it to Amicalola and started on the trail towards Amicalola Falls around 8 a.m. The trail to the falls was short, just about a mile long. However it did involve climbing more than 600 stair steps, so it was a little bit of a workout.
The scenery in Georgia is so different from the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, but not in a bad way. In fact, I really am growing to love the towering canopies and leafy green trees. After the falls, we headed to the Eastern Ridge Trail, which takes you to Springer Mountain, the start of the Appalachian Trail.
The trail to Springer Mountain is about 7.5 miles one way, so we only hiked part of it. The part we hiked was incredibly pleasant though, and we really want to try to return later in the fall to check out the foliage.
My mom and I have actually pretty seriously talked about doing the whole AT at some point after I finish graduate school, so I was especially excited about seeing the start of the trail. It has been her lifelong goal to do the trail, and what can I say, I am definitely my mother’s daughter.
After our hike we talked to a guy in the Visitor’s Center who gave us some ideas for our next adventures, and I think Blood Mountain is next on the list. The name is unfortunate, but it sounds like there are a lot of great hiking opportunities there. Overall, northern Georgia is shaping up to be pretty awesome. I foresee an active future for the Troop Beverly Paula Georgia Chapter.