Weather Update: Appalachian Trail in GA (3-25-14)

Published Mar 25, 2014

Snowy Appalachian Trail Portal near Franklin, NC ~~ Photograph by Rick "Bearfoot" Hatcher

Snowy Appalachian Trail Portal near Franklin, NC ~~ Photograph by Rick "Bearfoot" Hatcher

Friends on the Appalachian Trail (AT) woke up this morning near Franklin, NC, to find snow covering tents, gear, trees and the Trail.

Northbound thru-hikers like to hit the Trail at Georgia's Springer Mountain on or before the first day of spring.

That gives them six or seven months before the northern terminus of the AT on Mount Katahdin in Maine's Baxter State Park closes for the winter, often around October 15th. Officials at Baxter State Park (207-723-5140) will tell you the closing of the Trail to the top of Katahdin is "weather dependent." A few campsites will be open until October 25, 2014, but that doesn't mean the AT will be open.

The Gateway to the Appalachian Trail at Georgia's Amicalola Falls State Park ~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Gateway to the Appalachian Trail at Georgia's Amicalola Falls State Park ~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Approach Trail to Springer Mountain and the AT northward is open and accepting new applicants seeking the title of "thru-hiker."

Knowledge is power; therefore, we offer you the latest forecast for Springer Mountain and North Georgia to help you prepare for your trek.

There are several Hazardous Weather Advisories this week, including a Freeze Warning, a High Wind Warning and this Advisory:

Tuesday (3-25) & Wednesday (3-26):

Gusty northwest winds 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Very low relative humidity combined with strong winds producing very dangerous fire weather conditions.

Wednesday through Monday:

A cold front drops into north and central Georgia late in the week, lingering into the weekend. Instability will be sufficient for thunderstorms late Thursday through Saturday.

Hike your own hike ... and keep an eye on the weather.

Click Here for the 7-Day Forecast for the A.T. in North Georgia

Click Here for the Weather Forecast at Mount Katahdin


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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.