The Appalachian Trail is the ultimate course in hiking in America. Including hikes up some of the best mountains in the northeast, such as Mts. Washington, Lafayette, Cleveland and Katadin. This 3-month hike from Georgia to Maine is a great way to experience nature, and a one of a kind experience. Do yourself a favor, and at least once in your life do the entire trail in one year. You will never forget it, and never regret it.
***Directions for the start of the trail in Georgia taken from http://www.georgia-atclub.org/directions.html ***
Out-of-state hikers who come to Georgia will probably arrive in either Atlanta or Gainesville, GA. Gainesville, about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta, is the closest town to the trail served by public transportation. AMTRAK and Greyhound Bus Lines operate between Atlanta and Gainesville. The easiest and least expensive way to get from Hartsfield Atlanta airport to the bus station in downtown Atlanta or to the Amtrak station in Midtown Atlanta is to use the Atlanta public transportation, MARTA (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority). There are also possible car shuttles from Atlanta to the Approach trail at Amicalola Falls State Park. See below, volunteers willing to provide car transportation for hikers.
Getting from Atlanta Airport to Gainesville
By Greyhound Bus:
Atlanta Airport to Atlanta Greyhound Depot:
* Take the MARTA train from the airport to Garnett Station (S1). Go out Garnett Station, turn left to Forsyth St. The bus depot is to your right on Forsyth St.
* OR take Atlanta Airport Shuttle bus to bus depot.
* OR take taxi to bus depot.
Call Greyhound at 1-800-231-2222 to confirm the latest schedule and fare information.
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