...the approach trail to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. The approach trail starts at Amicalola State Park in Georgia. We plan to sleep at the AT shelterat the base of the approach trail then hike up to Springer mountain passing Amicalola Falls. From there we will hook into Benton MacKaye Trail and hike a loop that will reenter the AT, then loop back to the start. At this point the trip should be around 23 miles. The trip is planned for mid November and I will attempt to take some video that I can post here.
Torreya State Park is located about 60 miles west of Tallahassee, Florida in the “Big Bend”. This park is noted for its varied terrain, ranging from hardwood to swamp wetlands and an area we Floridians could call “canyons” (large washed out clay hills). It’s the closest thing we can find around here that is similar to the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. The park has a nice network of trails to explore. My 13 year old son and I arrived at the park on Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm, the first day of spring. We had made reservations ahead to ensure our sites in the primitive camp areas. Because our region had been receiving abundant amounts of rainfall, we knew the mosquitoes would be in full force. We were not disappointed. We came prepared with plenty of bug repellent. This trip could be called an "Introduction to Backpacking" for me and my son. We have done car camping, but yearned for a taste of “true” camping. Having enjoyed accumulating our assortment
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