Atlanta Hiking Trails

Grab some fresh air on a hike – without the drive! Hike these Atlanta trails through beautiful landscapes and to unique terrain in the metro Atlanta area. And don’t miss our top ten favorite hikes in Atlanta, exploring explore gorgeous forest, rolling terrain and scenic rivers in and around the city.

 
Sweetwater Creek State Park: hiking the Red Trail near Atlanta

Sweetwater Creek Red Trail

Hike the ultra-scenic Sweetwater Creek Red Trail to a historic Civil War mill on a rushing, whitewater-filled creek at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Atlanta.

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Hike the Sweetwater Creek Orange Trail to Atlanta skyline views

Sweetwater Creek: hiking the Orange Trail to Atlanta skyline views

Hike the new Yellow and Orange Trail loop at Sweetwater Creek State Park, catching views of the park’s Civil War mill ruins, a prehistoric Native American cave, and seasonal views of the Atlanta skyline.

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Cascade Springs Nature Preserve: waterfall hike in Atlanta, GA

Cascade Springs Nature Preserve Trail

Hike Atlanta’s Cascade Springs Nature Preserve to a beautiful waterfall, a moss-covered historic springhouse, and mounded earthworks from the Civil War battle of Utoy Creek.

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Sweetwater Creek White Trail: hiking Sweetwater Creek State Park near Atlanta

Sweetwater White Trail: hiking Sweetwater Creek State Park

Hike the Sweetwater Creek White Trail and Red Trail, a scenic 4-mile loop to Civil War mill ruins, a tumbling creek and quiet meadows at Georgia’s Sweetwater Creek State Park just east of Atlanta.

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Arabia Mountain: boardwalk, summit and lake hike near Atlanta, GA

Arabia Mountain: hiking the Lake, Boardwalk, & Summit Trails

Hike five miles on Arabia Mountain’s most scenic & popular trails, hiking through a rocky forest to a glassy lake, over the Klondike Boardwalk, and to outstanding summit views near Atlanta.

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Sweetwater Creek State Park near Atlanta, GA: hiking the Yellow Trail

Sweetwater Creek State Park: hiking the Yellow Trail

Hike the Sweetwater Creek Yellow Trail to the creek’s eastern shore, crossing a large bridge and catching cross-creek views of the park’s Civil War-era mill ruins.

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Sope Creek Trail: hiking the mill ruins and pond loop at Sope Creek Chattahoochee River NRA Park

Sope Creek Trail: hiking the mill ruins and pond loop

Hike the Sope Creek Trail to the ruins of a stacked-stone Civil War-era paper mill on the banks of a rocky creek, and then loop to a serene pond in a scenic Chattahoochee River park in Atlanta.

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Hike the Pine Log Creek Trail to a rocky, water-filled quarry near Allatoona Lake, north of Atlanta

Pine Log Creek Trail and Quarry

Hike the Pine Log Creek Trail to a historic, rocky, water-filled quarry and through a rolling, mossy forest north of Georgia’s Allatoona Lake.

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Hike the Pine Mountain Trail near Cartersville, Georgia to beautiful Allatoona Lake views

Pine Mountain Trail: double loop hike to stunning Allatoona Lake views

Hike the Pine Mountain Trail near Cartersville, Georgia, catching outstanding views of Allatoona Lake from a rocky mountain summit.

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Hike the Stone Mountain Trail and Cherokee Trail in Atlanta

Stone Mountain Trail: hiking the Walk-Up & Cherokee Trails

Hike Stone Mountain’s Walk-Up and Cherokee Trails, climbing to exceptional views from the mountain’s summit before looping the mountain’s lake on a scenic 6.8 mile adventure.

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Cochran Shoals Trail: running at the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta

Cochran Shoals Trail at the Chattahoochee River

Hike, walk, run, or bike the level, scenic trails at Cochran Shoals park, catching stunning views of the Chattahoochee River and exploring scenic woodlands and marshes. It’s one of Atlanta’s all-time most popular trails, and equally great for a Sunday stroll or running a few 5k training loops.

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Top Atlanta trails: hike or run the Morningside Nature Preserve Trail

Morningside Nature Preserve Trail

Hike or run the Morningside Nature Preserve to a sandy beach and tall swing bridge on South Peachtree Creek, and visit Atlanta’s popular “dog beach”.

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Hike the Vickery Creek Trail to Roswell Mill and a waterfall

Vickery Creek Trail: hiking & trail running at Roswell Mill

Hike the Vickery Creek trail network at Roswell Mill to two historic mills, a covered bridge, and a spillway waterfall in Atlanta’s Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

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Sope Creek Park: hike to Civil War paper mill ruins and a tumbling Chattahoochee River tributary creek in Atlanta, GA

Sope Creek Park: hiking the Paper Mill & Creek Trail

Hike a one-mile trail at Sope Creek Park near Marietta, exploring Civil-War-era paper mill ruins near the shore of a rocky, tumbling Chattahoochee River tributary creek.

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Run, walk or bike the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail from Piedmont Park to Ponce City Market

Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail

Run, walk or cycle the Atlanta BeltLine’s most popular stretch, the Eastside Trail, from Piedmont Park to Ponce City Market & Old Fourth Ward.

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East Palisades Trail: hiking the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta

East Palisades Trail: hiking the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta

Hike the East Palisades Trail on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta, climbing to beautiful views from towering bluffs and hiking through a small bamboo forest.

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Sawnee Mountain Preserve: hiking the Indian Seats Trail near Atlanta

Sawnee Mountain Preserve: hiking the Indian Seats Trail

Hike the 4 mile Indian Seats Trail to summit Sawnee Mountain, an outstanding overlook with beautiful, long-range views of the North Georgia mountains.

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Hike the Stone Mountain Walk-Up Trail to stunning Atlanta skyline views

Stone Mountain hiking: the Walk-Up Mountain Trail

Hike Stone Mountain’s 2-mile Walk-Up Trail to stunning mountaintop views of the Atlanta skyline, Stone Mountain Lake and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.

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Arabia Mountain Top Trail: top hikes near Atlanta, GA

Arabia Mountain Top Trail

Hike the Arabia Mountain Top Trail through massive exposed granite fields and past shallow basins of rare plants, climbing to stunning summit views.

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Take a heart-pumping trail run (or hike) on the East Mulberry Trail at Little Mulberry Park in Gwinnett County

Little Mulberry Park: trail running (or hiking) the East Mulberry Trail

Escape the hustle and bustle of booming Gwinnett County and sneak away to the trees with this heart-pumping trail run (or hike) on the East Mulberry Trail at Little Mulberry Park, climbing to some of the county’s highest elevations.

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Hike the Doll's Head Trail loop at Constitution Lakes Park in Atlanta

Doll’s Head Trail: hiking Constitution Lakes Park in Atlanta

Explore Constitution Lakes Park, hiking nature preserve boardwalks to glassy lake views and exploring whimsical displays of found-object artwork on the park’s memorable Doll’s Head Trail.

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Lake Allatoona: our favorite biking, trail running and hiking trails

Red Top Mountain State Park: hiking the Iron Hill Loop Trail

The 3.8 mile Iron Hill Loop at Georgia’s Red Top Mountain State Park explores a picturesque peninsula and cove along Allatoona Lake near Atlanta.

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Hike the Arabia Mountain Mile Rock and Forest Trails near Atlanta

Arabia Mountain Mile Rock Trail & Forest Trail Loop

Hike the two mile, kid-friendly Mile Rock Trail and Forest Trail loop at Arabia Mountain near Atlanta through vast rock fields and to a glassy, serene lake.

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Atlanta’s best dog-friendly trails: our top 10 favorite hikes

Atlanta’s best dog-friendly trails: our top 10 favorite hikes for dogs

Leash up and hit the trail! Hike our favorite dog-friendly trails near Atlanta with your favorite four-pawed hiking buddy.

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Chattahoochee River: our favorite hiking and running trails near Atlanta

Chattahoochee River trails: our top 10 favorite trails on the ‘Hooch

Hike, walk, run or bike our top ten favorite, most popular and scenic trails in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area north of Atlanta.

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Atlanta’s best hiking trails – our top 10 favorite hikes

Our top 10 favorite Atlanta hiking trails within 40 miles of the city. These hikes explore gorgeous forest, rolling terrain and scenic rivers near Atlanta.

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Lullwater Park Trail: running at Emory University in Atlanta

Lullwater Park: Walking & Running Trails at Emory University

Run or walk the Lullwater Park loop trails, following the banks of a serene lake and crossing a span bridge to explore the ruins of a 1920s powerhouse.

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Best fall hikes near Atlanta: our top ten favorite trails

Best fall hikes near Atlanta: our top 10 favorite trails

Our favorite fall hikes near Atlanta find autumn’s beauty on scenic mountain summits, shady river valleys and through vibrant, leaf covered forest.

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Atlanta waterfalls: our top 10 favorite waterfall hikes

Atlanta waterfalls: our top 10 favorite hikes near Atlanta

Hike to Atlanta’s most scenic falls on our top 10 favorite waterfall trails near Atlanta. (They may be no match for the towering cascades of North Georgia – but they’re beautiful and well worth the hike!)

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Kennesaw Mountain Environmental Trail

Kennesaw Mountain Environmental Trail

The Environmental Trail explores the base of Kennesaw Mountain on an easy, one mile loop. With signs that teach about Kennesaw Mountain’s forest and wildlife, it’s a kid-friendly hike, but great for adults, too.

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Kennesaw Mountain 24 Gun Trail: Hiking & Trail Running

Kennesaw Mountain 24 Gun Trail

Hike (or trail run) the Kennesaw Mountiain 24 Gun Trail and Environmental Trail, exploring Kenesaw Mountain’s lower elevations, a rocky, rolling forest, and the site of a fortified Civil War Union camp.

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Cochran Mill Park: hiking the Henry Mill Falls Trail

Hike 4.8 miles to the beautiful Henry Mill Falls waterfall in Cochran Mill Park, 25 miles southeast of Atlanta.

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Arabia Mountain: hiking the Wilburn Farm Trail and Cascade Trail near Atlanta

Arabia Mountain: Cascade Trail and Wilburn Farm Trail

Hike the Arabia Mountain Cascade Trail to small cascading waterfalls before looping the Wilburn Farm Trail to an old barn, farmhouse ruins and a small pond.

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Arabia Mountain: hiking the Mountain View Trail

Hike the Arabia Mountain View Trail over vast granite expanses to a glassy, reflective lake and through a grassy meadow just outside of Atlanta.

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Red Top Mountain State Park Homestead Trail

Hike the 5.3 mile Homestead Trail along the rolling, iron-rich, red-tipped shoreline of Lake Allatoona at Georgia’s Red Top Mountain State Park.

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Jones Bridge Trail on the Chattahoochee River

The Jones Bridge Trail travels the Chattahoochee’s Jones Bridge Park to the remnants of an old bridge and beautiful Chattahoochee River views.

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Johnson Ferry Trail on the Chattahoochee River

Hike, walk or run the Johnson Ferry Trail, looping 1.8 nearly-level miles on the Chattahoochee River’s banks at Johnson Ferry Park near Marietta.

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Yellow River Trail: hiking Yellow River Park

Hike 3.2 miles on the Yellow River Trail’s scenic, forested riverside banks to a terraced waterfall at Yellow River Park near Stone Mountain.

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Powers Island Trail: Hiking the Chattahoochee River

Hike the Powers Island Trail on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, exploring Powers Island and the river’s rocky, boulder-filled banks.

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Atlanta BeltLine Trail: Eastside Trail at Piedmont Park

Grab a great hike, stroll or trail run on a 2.8 mile out-and-back, unpaved trail north of the Eastside BeltLine, from Piedmont Park to Montgomery Ferry in Midtown Atlanta.

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