Getting to Amicalola Falls State Park, Georgia
From the Atlanta Airport: You can use the MARTA trains to either the Greyhound station or the Amtrak station. MARTA, (404)848-4711.
To get to either of them take the MARTA train north from the airport.
For the Greyhound station exit the train at Garnett station at 232 Forsyth Street.
For the Amtrak station: exit at the Arts Center station and take bus #23 or walk to the Amtrak station on Peachtree Street aprox. 1 mile north. Other options from the airport to the bus and train stations include taxis and the Atlanta Airport Shuttle, (404)524-3400, a privately owned bus service. The shuttle vans leave the airport every 20 minutes from stall #10 of airport’s ground-transportation area, bound for the bus station and Amtrak station. After reaching one of these stations your options multiply.
Gainesville: Two buses and one Amtrak train leave daily from Atlanta.
Greyhound: (800) 231-2222, www.greyhound.com.
Amtrak: Reservations are required. (800) 872-7245, www.amtrak.com.
Gainesville to Amicalola Falls State Park
UNITAXI, (770) 534-5355 or (770) 297-0255, offers service to the state park ($55 fare); transports dogs and accepts only cash or traveler’s checks. Service to trailheads at Nimblewill Gap(2.2 miles S. of Springer mountain) and USFS 42 (.9 mile S. of Springer mountain)are available for an additional cost.
Dahlonega-Hostel: A.T. Hiker Hostel run by Josh and Leigh Saint, (770)312-7342, www.hikerhostel.com., administrator(at)hikerhostel.com, $55 thru-hikers special includes pickup at N. Springs MARTA station in Atlanta, overnight stay in hostel, resupply stop at outfitters, B, and shuttle to Springer or Amicalola. Gear shipment to hostel available.
Survivor Daves' Trail Shuttle: 678-469-0978 www.atsurvivordave.com. <atsurvivordave(at)yahoo.com>Roswell, Ga.
Provides shuttle services to/from major areas including Atlanta Airport, Gainesville Bus/AMTRAK Terminal, and North Springs MARTA Station to Amicalola Falls State Park, Springer Mountain (via FS 42), Woody Gap, Neels Gap, Unicoi Gap, Dick's Creek Gap and as far as Fontana Dam. Will stop at the outfitter and/or supermarket for supplies (time permitting).
Reasonable rates. 24 hours notice please. Leave a message, he will get back within a short time.
Several Trail enthusiasts in the Atlanta area offer shuttles. The ATC usually has an updated list each year. Arrangements with these folks are best made at least a week or two in advance. Check the ATC website under “Shuttle List” for the updated list. If you prefer a hard copy write to the ATC, attn: Shuttle List , 799 Washington St. Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-0807.</atsurvivordave(at)yahoo.com>