The Southern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail is on Springer Mountain on the eastern edge of Gilmer County. The Trail continues north for 2,179 miles through 14 states to its Northern Terminus at Mount Katahdin in Maine. A cool interactive map of the AT trail will fuel your imagination as you plan an outing. To see how far it is between two points on the AT, check out this distance calculator.
The Southern Terminus of the Benton MacKaye Trail is also on Springer Mountain on the eastern edge of Gilmer County. This trail continues north for 288 miles to Davenport Gap on the Northern edge of the Great Smoky National Park near I-40.