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.

 
North Georgia Hiking Trails - Our Top 10 Favorite Hikes

North Georgia hiking trails – our top 10 favorite hikes

Follow our top ten favorite North Georgia hiking trails to soaring mountain summits, waterfalls and mossy creek valleys in Georgia’s rolling southern Appalachian mountains.

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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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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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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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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 southernmost end of the AT in Georgia.

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Blood Mountain: hiking the Appalachian Trail in North Georgia

Blood Mountain: hiking the Appalachian Trail from Neels Gap

Hike to the Blood Mountain summit on the Byron Reece Trail and Appalachian Trail, catching stunning views from the AT’s highest summit in Georgia.

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Hike the Panther Creek Trail to Panther Creek Falls

Panther Creek Falls Trail

Hike or backpack to Panther Creek Falls, one of North Georgia’s most beautiful and popular waterfalls, and explore a lush stretch of the Chattahoochee National 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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Hike the Riverside Trail at Chattahoochee Bend State Park near Peachtree City, GA

Chattahoochee Bend State Park: hiking the Riverside Trail

Hike the kid-friendly Riverside Trail at Chattahoochee Bend State Park, exploring the Chattahoochee River in a wildlife-filled, shady forest south 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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Skidaway Island State Park: hiking the Big Ferry Trail to stunning coastal views near Savannah, GA

Skidaway Island: hiking the Big Ferry Trail near Savannah

Hike Skidaway Island near Savannah to sweeping intercoastal views from an observation tower, to a prohibition-era liquor still, and through beautiful moss-draped coastal forest on the Big Ferry Trail.

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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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Skidaway Island State Park near Savannah, GA: hike to a stunning sunset over a scenic salt marsh

Skidaway Island State Park: hiking the Sandpiper Trail & Avian Loop

Explore Skidaway Island near Savannah on this two mile, two-trail duo, hiking to scenic views of salt flats, marsh, tidal creeks, and stunning sunsets.

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Jacks River Trail: waterfall hike in Georgia's beautiful, lush Cohutta Wilderness

Jacks River Trail

Hike the Jacks River Trail in North Georgia’s lush, remote Cohutta Wilderness, trekking and wading from Dally Gap to a series of beautiful waterfalls on a crystal-clear river.

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Hike the High Shoals Falls Trail to two stunning waterfalls near Helen, Georgia

High Shoals Falls Trail and Blue Hole Falls

Hike to High Shoals Falls and Blue Hole Falls, two stunning waterfalls set in a lush, green forest near Helen, Georgia.

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Hike the Grassy Mountain Tower Trail from Lake Conasauga in Georgia's Cohutta Wilderness

Grassy Mountain Tower Trail at Lake Conasauga

Hike to gorgeous views of Fort Mountain and the Cohutta Wilderness from the historic Grassy Mountain fire tower, climbing from the shores of Lake Conasauga, a small, glassy mountaintop lake.

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Hike the Appalachian Trail to Springer Mountain from the lush Three Forks valley

Appalachian Trail: hiking Three Forks to Springer Mountain

Hike the Appalachian Trail from the lush, creek-filled Three Forks valley to Georgia’s Springer Mountain, the southern end of the AT.

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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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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 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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Hike to Long Creek Falls on the Appalachian Trail near Blue Ridge, GA

Long Creek Falls on the Appalachian Trail

Hike a scenic stretch of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia to the beautiful Long Creek Falls, and explore the lush, waterfall-filled Three Forks valley.

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Waterfalls in Georgia: seven kid-friendly waterfall hikes, two miles or less

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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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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