Atlanta Trails Blog: top Georgia trails, beginner’s guides & how-to

Our blog highlights the top Georgia trails for hiking, running, backpacking and biking. Explore Georgia’s beauty, find a great trail, learn hiking and running basics, and find visitor info for Georgia’s great outdoors.

And be sure to check out our Georgia Outdoor Destination Guides for more outdoor vacation ideas and travel info for Georgia’s top outdoor places.

 
A training plan for trail running and hiking in the mountains: get mountain ready!

Get mountain ready: training for running & hiking in the mountains

Get your body and mind prepped for mountain adventures (without actually spending time in the mountains!) with this beginner-friendly training guide by ultrarunner and trainer Ashley Walsh.

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North Georgia Hiking Trails - Our Top 10 Favorite Hikes

North Georgia Hiking Trails – Our Top 10 Favorite Hikes

Our top 10 favorite North Georgia hiking trails explore soaring mountain summits, waterfalls and mossy creek valleys of Georgia’s Appalachian mountains.

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Great Georgia sunrise and sunset hikes: our top 10 favorite trails

Great Georgia sunrise and sunset hikes: our top 10 favorite trails

There’s no better way to start (or end) the day! Hike these ten great Georgia trails to catch a gorgeous sunrise or sunset from some of Georgia’s most beautiful places.

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Georgia mountains: our favorite hikes to summits & sublime views

Georgia mountains: our favorite hikes to summits & sublime views

Hike to exceptional summit views on these trails to some of the tallest mountains in Georgia. Our top 25 Georgia mountain trails scale lofty peaks and summits to catch some of the Peach State’s best views.

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Trail etiquette: how to yield, stay safe, preserve the wilderness (and have fun!)

Trail etiquette: how to yield, stay safe, preserve the wilderness (and have fun!)

Who yields to whom? What if we’re hiking in a large group? How can I help preserve the wilderness while I’m having fun out there? Here’s a few of our tips for trail etiquette while exploring the South’s great outdoors.

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7 great Georgia hikes to beat the summer heat

7 great Georgia summer hikes to help beat summer’s heat

It’s officially summer, and Georgia’s dog days are here. Hike these seven hikes through cool North Georgia stream and river valleys, splashing the way to some cool summertime trail time.

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Our favorite Memorial Day long weekend things to do in Atlanta, North Georgia & beyond

Long weekend of adventure: our favorite Memorial Day weekend things to do in Atlanta, North Georgia & beyond

Find an outdoor adventure over the long Memorial Day weekend! Reflect. Remember. Get outside. Explore. Road trip. And get ready to kick off a great Georgia summer.

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Running the Currahee Mountain Trail

Currahee Mountain Trail & Toccoa Falls

Hike or run the historic Currahee Mountain, the mountain of “Band of Brothers” fame near Toccoa Falls, to long-range summit views.

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5 great places to hang out in an ENO hammock near Atlanta, Georgia

5 great Georgia spots to hang out in an ENO hammock near Atlanta

From Georgia’s mountain summits to sandy beaches, we love hanging out in our ENO hammocks. Our list of our favorite trails for a mid-hike chill in an ENO near Atlanta.

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Hiking Gear List: what to pack when hiking with kids

Hiking Gear List: what to pack when hiking with kids

Ready to hit the trail for a day of outdoor family fun, but wondering what to pack? Check out our hiking gear list for kids for some packing inspiration.

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Georgia waterfall road trip: hike to four falls at Lake Burton and Lake Rabun

Georgia waterfall road trip: hike to four falls at Lake Burton & Lake Rabun on a one-day hiking adventure

Road trip to some of our favorite waterfalls in Rabun County, hiking four miles to four stunning falls! At around four hours drive time from Atlanta and several hours on the trail, it’s a perfect single-day adventure filled with falling water and beautiful forest.

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Outdoor Atlanta visitor’s guide: our favorite things to do in Georgia’s great outdoors

Outdoor Atlanta visitor’s guide: our favorite things to do in Georgia’s great outdoors

Hike, run, bike or paddle: explore Atlanta’s scenic outdoor beauty at our favorite, must-visit outdoor destinations in the metro area.

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Exploring Panther Creek in winter and early spring: a photo essay

Exploring Panther Creek in winter and early spring: a photo essay

Crisp air. Chilly, rushing water. And wide, open, starry wintertime views. Hike to winter beauty at Panther Creek Falls: a photo essay by Georgia photographer Murphy Martin.

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Best spring hikes in Georgia: our favorite trails

Best spring hikes in Georgia: our top 10 favorite trails

Spring brings warmer temps, longer days, flowering forests and fantastic hiking weather. Hike our top ten favorite Spring hikes in Georgia to waterfalls, wildflowers and stunning summit views.

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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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Georgia’s best hikes with dogs: our top 10 favorite dog-friendly trails

Grab a leash and hit the trail! Hike our favorite dog friendly trails in Georgia, the all-time favorites of our canine hiking buddies, Amber and Jake.

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Explore Stone Mountain's iconic, dome-shaped, expansive summit near Atlanta

Stone Mountain hiking: through my lens

Exploring Stone Mountain’s dome-shaped, expansive summit near Atlanta: a hiking photo essay by Georgia photographer Mary Claire Stewart.

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Hiking with kids: my family's favorite favorite trails in Georgia

Hiking with kids: my family’s favorite trails in Georgia

Explore Georgia’s canyons, mountains and waterfalls on these top kid-friendly hikes, rated and reviewed by kids themselves!

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5k training: a plan for beginning trail runners

5k training: a plan for beginning trail runners

Conquer your first 5k race with a beginner-friendly 5k training plan and tips from trail runner and trainer Ashley Walsh.

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Three mountains, one day: hike Atlanta’s Triple Hike Challenge

Three mountains, one day: hike Atlanta’s Triple Hike Challenge

Hike the Triple Hike Challenge in March, conquering three of Atlanta’s iconic mountains in one day. Hike Stone Mountain, Arabia Mountain and Panola Mountain with a guided group, and catch some seriously epic summit views.

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North Georgia waterfalls: our top 10 favorite hikes

Waterfalls in Georgia: Our Top 10 Favorite Hikes

Hike to our favorite waterfalls in Georgia on these great hikes to the state’s most beautiful, cascading, spilling falls. And don’t forget a picnic!

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Trail Running: a beginner’s guide to trails, trail safety and trail running shoes & gear

Trail Running: a beginner’s guide to trails, trail safety and trail running shoes & gear

Explore some scenic southern beauty with running’s cooler, more fun and laid back little sister—TRAIL running! Ashley Walsh, an ultramarathoner and trail runner, outlines the best, beginner-friendly ways to get started, from choosing a trail to choosing the perfect trail running shoe and gear.

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Georgia Appalachian Trail

Georgia Appalachian Trail hiking guide

Hike, trail run or backpack the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, climbing to mountain summits, diving into mossy creek valleys and catching some seriously stunning views.

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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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Best Atlanta running trails – our top 10 favorite runs

Escape sidewalks and crosswalks on our favorite Atlanta running trails, all within 20 miles of the city.

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Best hiking trails & running trails in Georgia State Parks

Hiking in Georgia State Parks: our top 10 favorite trails

Georgia State Parks offer some of the most popular, scenery-packed hiking trails across Georgia’s incredibly diverse terrain. Our top ten favorite trails in Georgia’s State Parks.

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Winter Hiking in Georgia: Cloudland Canyon

Winter Hiking in Georgia: Our Favorite Trails

Explore these waterfalls and mountain summits in Georgia’s mild climate on our favorite winter-friendly hiking trails.

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52 hikes in 52 weeks challenge

52 hikes in 52 weeks: KC’s adventures on a 52 hike challenge

Follow Georgia author KC Moog on a year-long adventure, hiking 52 hikes in 2015 to reach her goal. Get fit, get healthy, and get outdoors: set your own 52 hike goal in 2016!

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Hiking Sweetwater Creek State Park near Atlanta: our favorite trails

Hike Sweetwater Creek State Park’s fantastic nine mile network of hiking trails near Atlanta along a rushing, whitewater-filled creek, to Civil War mill ruins and through beautiful, rolling forest.

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Our favorite post-Thanksgiving ways to #optoutside near Atlanta

After the turkey (or tofurkey): our favorite post-Thanksgiving ways to #optoutside near Atlanta

Every year, we hit the trail after Thanksgiving to burn a few calories and make some new outdoor memories with family and friends. Here’s our post-Thanksgiving guide to #optoutside in Georgia’s great outdoors.

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Marriage proposal ideas: Georgia’s most beautiful, romantic outdoor places to pop the question

Proposal ideas: Georgia’s most beautiful, romantic outdoor places to pop the question

Soaring mountain summits, towering waterfalls and sandy beaches: these beautiful Georgia destinations are perfect places for the perfect marriage proposal or a romantic outdoor adventure.

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Hiking for beginners near Atlanta

Hiking for beginners: A plan to progress through Atlanta’s trails

Our seven favorite trails that offer the best of hiking for beginners. These hikes grow in length and difficulty as you progress through the list, offering a plan for new hikers and those seeking to introduce their kids to a new outdoor adventure.

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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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Summer Gear: Our hiking, camping & backpacking favorites

Summer gear: Our new hiking, backpacking & camping favorites for summertime

Five of our favorite summer outdoor gear picks, including the updated REI Quarter Dome 3 backpacking tent, the ENO ProFly rain tarp and the Ahnu Coburn Low, a great, low-cut waterproof hiking boot.

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Hike these top 10 great Georgia hikes to Georgia's best views

Hike these 10 great Georgia hikes to Georgia’s best views

These great Georgia hikes travel to our favorite overlooks, catching stunning views of Georgia’s mountains, coast and plains. Hike our top 10 favorite Georgia trails with the best, most breathtaking views.

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Great Georgia hikes to explore Georgia's beauty

8 great Georgia hikes to incredible places (you won’t believe are in Georgia)

Hike these top Georgia hikes to the state’s most beautiful views: deep, waterfall-filled canyons to sandy coastline and soaring mountaintops, all guaranteed to leave Georgia on your mind.

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Georgia Appalachian Trail: Great Georgia Hikes under 6 Miles

Georgia Appalachian Trail: great Georgia hikes under 6 miles

Hike these classic Georgia Appalachian Trail hikes to stunning summit views, a gorgeous waterfall and through beautiful North Georgia forest. And under six miles, they’re a great intro to Georgia’s stretch of the epic-length AT.

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Warm-weather running shorts, running shoes & running shirts: summer running gear review

Running Cool: Running Apparel & Running Shoes for Warm-Weather Runs

Our fave new running clothes, running shoes and running socks help beat the heat as summer’s temperatures start to rise.

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Our Favorite Georgia Backpacking Hikes, 7 Miles or More

Our favorite Georgia backpacking & hiking trails over seven miles

Rack up some distance on our seven favorite Georgia backpacking trips and long-distance day hikes, all over seven miles.

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Georgia Waterfall Hikes Under Two Miles

Short hikes with a big payoff! Seven Georgia waterfall hikes, two miles or less

Catch beautiful views of spilling and splashing waterfalls on these great, relatively easy Georgia beginner hikes, two miles or under.

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