Hiking Trails in Georgia

Discover Georgia! These hiking trails in Georgia cover the state’s wide terrain diversity – from waterfalls to shoals, mountain summits to deep canyons & gorges, wide rivers to rushing trout streams, and historic sites to urban overlooks. And don’t miss our top ten favorite North Georgia hikes for a great outdoor adventure in Georgia.

 
 
Cloudland Canyon Waterfalls Trail

Cloudland Canyon Waterfalls Trail

Hike the popular Waterfalls Trail at Cloudland Canyon State Park. Descend the steep canyon walls via stairs to two waterfalls, Cherokee Falls and Hemlock Falls, that cascade in the beautiful, steep-walled canyon.

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Tallulah Gorge Hurricane Falls Trail

Tallulah Gorge State Park: hiking the Hurricane Falls Loop Trail

Hike Tallulah Gorge State Park’s most popular trail. The view-packed Hurricane Falls Trail skirts the gorge rim, descends to the gorge floor and crosses a suspension bridge to the thundering Hurricane Falls waterfall.

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DeSoto Falls Trail: hiking near Helen, Georgia

DeSoto Falls Trail

Hike the two mile Desoto Falls Trail near Helen to a pair of waterfalls where, legend holds, a piece of armor was found from DeSoto’s expedition in the mid-1500s.

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Emery Creek Falls: hiking to double North Georgia waterfalls on the Emery Creek Trail

Emery Creek Falls: hiking to gorgeous double waterfalls on the Emery Creek Trail

Hike the Emery Creek Trail, a splashy Georgia summertime adventure, to the gorgeous and secluded Emery Creek Falls near Blue Ridge.

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Hemlock Falls Trail: hiking near Lake Burton in North Georgia

Hemlock Falls Trail: hiking Moccasin Creek at Lake Burton

Hike the two-mile Hemlock Falls Trail at Lake Burton, exploring a waterfall-filled valley and the Hemlock Falls waterfall near Moccasin Creek State Park in Rabun County.

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High Falls State Park: Hiking the Falls Trail near Macon, Georgia

High Falls State Park: hiking the Falls Trail

Hike the Falls Trail at High Falls State Park near Macon, hiking a double loop to views of the enormous, thundering High Falls waterfalls.

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Long Creek Falls: Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Hike the Appalachian Trail to the beautiful Long Creek Falls waterfall through the hemlock and rhododendron-filled Three Forks valley.

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Georgia waterfall hikes under 2 miles (and kid-friendly, too!)

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

Catch beautiful views of spilling and splashing waterfalls on these great, relatively easy Georgia beginner hikes, two miles or under. They’re short, but beautiful – and kid-friendly, too!

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Anna Ruby Falls: hiking a paved, kid-friendly trail near Helen, GA to double waterfalls

Anna Ruby Falls Trail

Hike the paved Anna Ruby Falls Trail to the beautiful, tumbling, rare double waterfalls near Unicoi State Park and Helen, GA. It’s a fantastic kid-friendly, stroller-friendly and dog-friendly hike!

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Winter Hiking in Georgia: Cloudland Canyon

Top Georgia winter hikes: our favorite trails

Our top Georgia winter hikes explore frozen waterfalls, frosty mountaintops and stunning views in one of our state’s top hiking & backpacking seasons.

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Springer Mountain Loop: hiking the Appalachian Trail and Benton MacKaye Trail in Georgia

Springer Mountain Loop: hiking the Appalachian Trail & Benton MacKaye Trail

Hike the Appalachian Trail and Benton MacKaye Trail on the Springer Mountain Loop, exploring multiple view-packed overlooks and a beautiful stream-filled valley.

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Winter Hiking in Georgia: Cloudland Canyon

Cloudland Canyon in winter: hiking to frozen waterfalls and frosty vistas

Hike Cloudland Canyon’s Waterfalls Trail, East Rim Loop Trail and Overlook Trail in Winter for beautiful wintertime views, icicle-covered canyon walls and frosty, icy waterfalls.

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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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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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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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Appalachian Trail in Georgia: hiking Blood Mountain to Neels Gap and Cowrock Mountain

Appalachian Trail: Blood Mountain to Cowrock Mountain

Hike or backpack 13 miles on this Georgia stretch of the Appalachian Trail from Blood Mountain through Neels Gap to Wolf Laurel Top and Cowrock Mountain.

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Rabun Bald: hiking the Bartram Trail from Georgia's Beegum Gap

Rabun Bald: hiking the Bartram Trail from Beegum Gap

Hike the Bartram Trail to Rabun Bald, the second-tallest mountain summit in Georgia, to catch stunning panoramic views from the mountain’s summit.

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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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Minnehaha Falls Trail on Rabun Lake in North Georgia

Minnehaha Falls Trail

Hike the Minnehaha Falls Trail, a short, easy, kid-friendly hike on Lake Rabun in North Georgia, to a beautiful, towering, cascading waterfall.

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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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Blood Mountain loop: hiking the Appalachian Trail and Freeman Trail in Georgia

Blood Mountain loop: hiking the Appalachian Trail & Freeman Trail

Hike a six mile loop to Georgia’s highest Appalachian Trail summit, climbing the AT and Byron Reece Trails to beautiful views at the Blood Mountain summit before looping back through a fern-filled forest on the Freeman Trail.

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Jacks River Falls: Hiking the Beech Bottom Trail in the Cohutta Wilderness

Jacks River Falls: Beech Bottom Trail & Jacks River Trail

Explore Jacks River Falls, a stunning, roaring, rocky waterfall in Georgia’s Cohutta Wilderness, hiking the Beech Bottom Trail & Jacks River Trail.

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Yonah Mountain: top hikes near Helen, GA

Yonah Mountain Trail

Hike the Yonah Mountain Trail through a rocky, wildflower-filled forest, climbing this iconic mountain to exceptional summit views and great backpacking campsites near Helen, Georgia.

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Arkaquah Trail: hiking Brasstown Bald to Track Rock Gap

Arkaquah Trail: hiking Brasstown Bald to Track Rock Gap

Hike the Arkaquah Trail from Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest summit, and descend to Track Rock Gap to view ancient Native American petroglyphs on this difficult 11-mile round trip hike.

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Dukes Creek Falls Trail: hiking near Helen, GA

Dukes Creek Falls Trail

Hike to multiple waterfalls and through a lush, green forest on the moderate, kid and dog-friendly Dukes Creek Falls Trail near Helen, Georgia.

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AT Approach Trail: hiking Amicalola Falls to the start of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain

AT Approach Trail: hiking Amicalola Falls to Springer Mountain

Hike the Appalachian Approach Trail from Amicalola Falls to Springer Mountain, the beginning of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.

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Hike Inn Trail: Amicalola Falls to Georgia's Len Foote Hike Inn

Hike Inn Trail: Amicalola Falls to the Len Foote Hike Inn

Catch stunning views on the Hike Inn Trail, a 10-mile roundtrip from Amicalola Falls to the eco-friendly Len Foote Hike Inn near Springer Mountain.

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Helton Creek Falls: best kid-friendly waterfall hikes near Helen, GA

Helton Creek Falls: double waterfall hike near Helen, GA

Hike to two beautiful waterfalls at Helton Creek Falls on a short, kid-friendly, less-than-one-mile trail near Helen, Georgia.

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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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Tallulah Gorge State Park: Hiking & Running Trail Guide

Tallulah Gorge State Park: Hiking & Adventure Guide

Run, climb, bike or hike Tallulah Gorge State Park, exploring beautiful waterfalls, steep-sided canyons and serene riverbanks near Tallulah Falls, Georgia.

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Best fall hikes in North Georgia: our top 10 favorite trails through autumn leaf color

Best fall hikes in North Georgia: our top 10 favorite trails through autumn leaf color

Hike to these North Georgia mountain summits and waterfalls to catch the best fall leaf color in Georgia. Our top 10 favorite autumn hiking trails.

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Tallulah Gorge State Park: Hiking the Sliding Rock Trail

Tallulah Gorge: hiking the Sliding Rock Trail

Score a gorge floor permit at Tallulah Gorge State Park to hike the spectacular, boulder-filled Sliding Rock Trail, and get an up-close view of the Bridal Veil Falls waterfall deep within the gorge.

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Raven Cliff Falls Trail

Hike the Raven Cliff Falls Trail 4.9 miles through a waterfall-filled valley to one of Georgia’s most popular and beautiful waterfalls, Raven Cliff Falls.

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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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Amicalola Falls Trail: hiking to Georgia's tallest waterfall

Amicalola Falls Trail: hiking Georgia’s tallest waterfall

Hike to the top of Amicalola Falls, the tallest waterfall in Georgia, and catch incredible mountain views on the East Ridge Trail and Appalachian Approach Trail loop.

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Pinhoti Trail: Snake Creek Gap to Horn Mountain

Hike the Pinhoti Trail South from Snake Creek Gap to crest the rocky, mossy, boulder-strewn Horn Mountain summit on this 3 mile out-and-back adventure.

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Red Top Mountain Iron Hill Loop Trail at Lake Allatoona

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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Springer Mountain: hiking the Appalachian Trail

Hike the famed Appalachian Trail to Springer Mountain, visiting the southernmost blaze of the AT in Georgia, and catching gorgeous summit views.

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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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Cohutta Wilderness hiking, backpacking, camping & adventure guide

Cohutta Wilderness: hiking, backpacking & adventure guide

Georgia’s Cohutta Wilderness is filled with lush forests, cascading waterfalls, crystal-clear rivers and some of the most remote hiking trails in the state. Hike, camp and backpack our favorite trails in the Cohuttas and explore some of the most pristine wilderness in the South.

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