Hike these 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.

There’s just something magical about a great summit view. Whether the hike spans miles or minutes, a good climb to a spectacular view makes a great workout – and, hey, at least the return hike is (usually) downhill! Hike these great Georgia hikes to our favorite, most breathtaking views to savor the view from the top and catch some celebration time at the summit. Georgia’s beauty is simply stunning.

10 Great Georgia hikes to Georgia’s best views

Hike these ten trails to explore Georgia from places spread all over the Georgia map, from the southern Appalachian Mountains north of Atlanta to the sandy Georgia coastline near Savannah. Mid-state, you’ll scale a Native American mound near Macon to catch views of a beautiful riverside marsh. And near Columbus, you’ll explore a high mountain ridge that rises high above the surrounding plains. Up for the challenge? You’ll rack up some great memories on the trail, and catch some stunning views along the way.

As always, remember to leave no trace on your hike to help keep Georgia beautiful.

Hike to our top 10 favorite views in Georgia

  • Georgia's best hikes with views: Rabun Bald on the Bartram Trail

    Rabun Bald Summit

    Bartram Trail to Rabun Bald

    3 miles

    Hike this scenic Georgia segment of the Bartram Trail to the Rabun Bald mountain summit, where you’ll score exceptionally beautiful, 360-degree views from Georgia’s second highest-elevation peak. At three miles, the hike isn’t exceptionally long, and the views from the summit’s observation deck are worth the moderate climb. But be warned: this is a view that’s so beautiful, it’s hard to walk away from, so pack a picnic and stay awhile to enjoy the mountain’s splendid views.

  • Hike the Skidaway Island State Park on the Big Ferry Trail to sweeping views of coastal salt marsh from an observation tower

    Skidaway Island State Park

    Skidaway Island Big Ferry Trail

    4.4 miles

    Skidaway Island’s maritime forest is simply beautiful: gnarled live oak trees drape with Spanish moss that blows in gentle coastal breezes. Hike the Big Ferry Trail at Skidaway Island State Park to catch stunning, wide-open views of the grassy coastal marsh and the island’s intercoastal waterway. Ascend the trail’s multi-story wooden observation deck for sweeping coastal views. Look carefully at the water channels: you’ll likely spot dolphins swimming rhythmically in the Georgia coastal waters.

  • Hike the Tennessee Rock Trail at Black Rock Mountain State Park to beautiful Georgia mountain views

    Black Rock Mountain State Park

    Black Rock Mountain Tennessee Rock Trail

    2.2 miles

    Catch stunning views near the summit of Black Rock Mountain in Georgia’s highest-elevation state park. Hike the Tennessee Rock Trail through a wildflower-filled forest scaling the Tennessee Rock Overlook, catching long-range views of the surrounding mountains and farmland.

  • Hike the Overlook Trail at Fort Mountain State Park to beautiful, far-flung views of Georgia's southern Appalachian Mountains

    Fort Mountain State Park

    Fort Mountain Overlook Trail

    1.6 miles

    Fort Mountain towers over the surrounding, relatively flat landscape near Chatsworth in North Georgia. Hike the Overlook Trail at Fort Mountain State Park, cresting a ridge to catch beautiful, far-flung views of Georgia’s southern Appalachian mountains, forested wilderness and rolling farmland. You’ll see the best, widest views from a wooden observation deck that hangs near the summit of Fort Mountain’s angular, steeply-pitched mountainside.

  • Hike the Indian Seats Trail at Sawnee Mountain Preserve in Cumming to stunning views just north of Atlanta

    Sawnee Mountain Preserve

    Indian Seats Trail at Sawnee Mountain

    4 miles

    Hike this four-mile trail in the Sawnee Mountain Preserve, summiting Sawnee Mountain and catching stunning views of Georgia’s rolling Blue Ridge Mountains far on the horizon. The historic mountain was sacred to local Native Americans and was once mined for gold. You’ll catch beautiful views from a rock outcrop shaped like three seats, see high-elevation views from a wooden viewing platform and visit now-closed entrances to the gold mine.

  • Hike to stunning summit views on the  Yonah Mountain Trail near Helen, one of Georgia's most popular, view-packed hikes

    Yonah Mountain Summit

    Yonah Mountain Trail

    4.4 miles

    Yonah Mountain’s iconic shape rises high from the rolling foothills south of Helen, and its steep-walled summit offers some seriously spectacular, long-range views. Hike the Yonah Mountain Trail through a rocky forest filled with tumbled boulders to summit Yonah Mountain, and grab beautiful views from one of many near-summit overlooks. (Yonah Mountain’s actual summit is, oddly, a tree-lined grassy meadow that’s poor on views but perfect for camping.)

  • Hike Ocmulgee National Monument near Macon, Georgia, climbing the park's highest mound for views of wetlands along the Ocmulgee River

    Ocmulgee National Monument

    Ocmulgee Native American Mounds near Macon

    3.25 miles

    Ocmulgee National Monument is steeped in Georgia history. It’s been the site of continuous human habitation for 17,000 years and is home to a network of Indian mounds created by prehistoric Native American tribes. Hike to the top of the towering, flat-topped great temple mound for sweeping views of wildlife-rich wetlands on the banks of the Ocmulgee River and high-elevation views of the park’s other mounds.

  • Hike the Appalachian Trail to Blood Mountain's summit, the highest elevation on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia

    Appalachian Trail in Georgia

    Blood Mountain on the Appalachian Trail

    4.3 miles

    Hike the Appalachian Trail to Blood Mountain’s summit, the highest elevation on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. This classic AT day hike climbs to the Appalachian Trail on the Byron Reece Trail at Neels Gap. The hike up Blood Mountain’s slopes is beautiful, and the overlook views keep getting better and better as the trail ascends. Scale a tall rock outcrop at the mountain’s summit for the best views of the surrounding North Georgia mountains.

  • Hike the guided twilight hikes at Panola Mountain State Park to catch beautiful sunsets from the mountain's summit and moon rise over a glassy lake

    Panola Mountain State Park

    Panola Mountain Guided Sunset Hikes

    2 miles

    The colorful, rare plant life covering this summit in Panola Mountain State Park is extremely fragile and rare. Reserve a guided group hike for exclusive access to the mountaintop at sunset for a chance to view Panola’s beautiful ecology, stunning sunsets and the moon rising over a glassy lake. It’s an unforgettable experience.

  • Dowdell's Knob Loop on the Pine Mountain Trail at FD Roosevelt State Park

    FD Roosevelt State Park

    Dowdell’s Knob Loop on the Pine Mountain Trail

    4.5 miles

    Explore a towering ridge in southwest Georgia at FD Roosevelt State Park, and score stunning views of the surrounding, flat plains from the ridgeline. This loop on the Pine Mountain Trail hikes Dowdell’s Knob, one of former President Roosevelt’s favorite overlooks near his Georgia home. The sights are stunning from the overlook, stretching far to the horizon.

  • Great Georgia hikes to incredible views: what to pack?

    Our favorite hiking gear

    What to pack for a view-packed Georgia hiking adventure?

    Excited to scale a summit for some stunning views, but wondering what to pack? Our hiking gear lists feature our favorite, trail-tested hiking gear for exploring Georgia’s mountaintops, forest and overlook views.

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Eric Champlin is a writer and photographer who loves to hike, run, backpack, kayak and cycle the southeast. He’s the editor and founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, online magazines that cover the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.