Georgia’s Best Trails

Georgia’s most popular hiking and running trails hike and run through top Georgia landscapes, mountain summits, waterfalls, canyons and parks. Also check out our top ten favorite dog-friendly trails in Georgia, our top ten favorite North Georgia hikes, and our top ten North Georgia waterfall hikes for more of our favorite Georgia hiking & running trails.

 
Grassy Mountain Tower Trail at Lake Conasauga

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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State Botanical Garden of Georgia: trail running & hiking near Athens

State Botanical Garden of Georgia: trail running & hiking near Athens

One of the top running spots in Athens near the UGA campus, the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia offer mile after mile of scenic, rolling running and hiking trails.

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Laurel Ridge Trail and Cooper's Furnace Trail Loop: hiking at Allatoona Lake

Laurel Ridge Trail and Cooper’s Furnace Trail: hiking at Allatoona Lake

Hike a scenic loop on the Laurel Ridge Trail and Cooper’s Furnace Trail, exploring a historic, stacked-stone iron furnace and climbing to high-elevation views of Allatoona Lake, the Etowah River and Allatoona Dam.

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

Appalachian Trail: hiking Three Forks to Georgia’s 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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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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Hike the Panther Creek Trail to Panther Creek Falls

Panther Creek Trail: hiking to Panther Creek Falls

Hike or backpack to Panther Creek Falls, one of Georgia’s most beautiful and popular waterfalls, on the 7 mile Panther Creek Trail.

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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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Winter Hiking in Georgia: Cloudland Canyon

Cloudland Canyon: Winter Hiking

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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Hike the West Rim Loop Trail at Cloudland Canyon State Park in Georgia

Cloudland Canyon: hiking the West Rim Loop Trail

Hike the West Rim Loop Trail to some seriously epic views at Cloudland Canyon State Park, hiking the canyon’s east and west rims and grabbing exceptional view after view.

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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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Blood Mountain Hiking

Blood Mountain hiking, backpacking & camping guide

Hike, backpack and camp Blood Mountain’s beautiful, popular and rugged summit on the Appalachian Trail north of Helen, Georgia. 

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Best hiking & running trails near Savannah, Georgia

Savannah outdoors: our favorite Savannah running & hiking trails

Hike, run, walk or backpack these top trails near Savannah, exploring the city’s historic district and nearby Atlantic coast. Our favorite trails near Savannah, Georgia.

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Hike the Appalachian Trail in Georgia from Unicoi Gap to Rocky Mountain and Tray Mountain

Appalachian Trail: hiking Unicoi Gap to Tray Mountain

Hike the Appalachian Trail from Unicoi Gap, climbing to summit views at Rocky Mountain and Tray Mountain and through lush forest filled with wildflowers and mountain laurel.

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Hike the Appalachian Trail from Unicoi Gap to the Chattahoochee River's headwaters at Chattahoochee Gap

Appalachian Trail: hiking Unicoi Gap to Chattahoochee Gap

Hike the Appalachian Trail from Unicoi Gap to Chattahoochee Gap, visiting the north Georgia headwaters of the Chattahoochee River and the Blue Mountain AT shelter.

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Unicoi Gap to Indian Grave Gap: Hiking the Appalachian Trail & Rocky Mountain Trail

Unicoi Gap to Indian Grave Gap: Hiking the Appalachian Trail & Rocky Mountain Trail

Hike a challenging day hike on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, climbing from Unicoi Gap to Rocky Mountain, dropping into the wildflower-filled Indian Grave Gap and looping back to the trailhead on the Rocky Mountain Trail.

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Hike the Tumbling Waters Nature Trail to two waterfalls at Carters Lake

Tumbling Waters Nature Trail at Carters Lake

Explore waterfalls, cross a towering bridge and trek through beautiful, lush forest on the popular Tumbling Waters Nature Trail hike at Carters Lake.

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Hike the Pine Log Creek Trail to the CCC Quarry Pond north of Allatoona Lake

Pine Log Creek Trail and Quarry

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

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Hike the Appalachian Trail from Hightower Gap to Cooper Gap

Appalachian Trail: Hightower Gap to Cooper Gap

Hike this 7 mile day hike on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, rolling elevation from Hightower Gap to Horse Gap, over Sassafrass Mountain and down to Cooper Gap.

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Hike the upper Conasauga River Trail in Georgia's Cohutta Wilderness

Hiking the upper Conasauga River Trail

Hike a difficult 12 mile adventure on the Conasauga River Trail, following and fording the Conasauga River from its northern trailhead. It’s a wet, river-filled adventure in the remote, beautiful Cohutta Wilderness.

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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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Cumberland Island Backpacking Guide

Explore Cumberland Island’s shores amidst wild horses and mansion ruins on an overnight backpacking adventure on Georgia’s southern coast.

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Hike the Conasauga River Trail (southern half) from Betty Gap

Lower Conasauga River Trail: hiking the Cohutta Wilderness from Betty Gap

Hike 13 roundtrip miles on the Conasauga River Trail’s southern half in Georgia’s remote, lush Cohutta Wilderness. The Conasauga River Trail splashes through 36 river fords (& many creek crossings) from Betty Gap to Bray Field, Little Rough Creek and back.

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Tallulah Gorge Hurricane Falls Trail

Tallulah Gorge: 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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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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Black Rock Mountain State Park: hiking the Tennesee Rock Trail

Black Rock Mountain State Park: Tennessee Rock Trail

Hike Black Rock Mountain State Park in North Georgia to stunning mountain views & through beautiful wildflower-filled forest on the Tennessee Rock Trail.

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Hiking the Bartram Trail and Chattooga River Trail

Bartram Trail and Chattooga River Trail: Hiking from Russell Bridge to Adeline Ford

Hike a 5.5 mile round trip on the Bartram Trail and Chattooga River Trail, following the wide, wild, scenic river downstream from Russell Bridge to Adeline Ford.

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Ocmulgee National Monument: Hiking Indian Mounds Near Macon

Ocmulgee National Monument: Indian Mounds Trail in Macon

Hike the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, exploring the park’s ancient Native American mounds and a wildlife-filled wetland on the Ocmulgee River.

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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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Hemlock Falls Trail at Lake Burton near Moccasin Creek State Park

Hemlock Falls Trail on 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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Bartram Trail to Rabun Bald from Beegum Gap, Georgia

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 Rabun Bald summit.

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Yonah Mountain Trail hiking near Helen

Yonah Mountain Trail

Hike the Yonah Mountain Trail a moderately difficult 4.4 miles to stunning views at the Yonah Mountain summit near Helen, Georgia.

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Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia

Amicalola Falls State Park: our favorite hikes

Hike Amicalola Falls State Park to Georgia’s tallest waterfall, the southernmost point of the Appalachian Trail, and a backcountry lodge. Our favorite Amicalola Falls trails.

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Skidaway Island Loop Trails near Savannah Georgia

Hiking Skidaway Island State Park: Sandpiper Trail & Avian Loop Trail

Hike a two mile, two-trail duo at Skidaway Island near Savannah to scenic views of salt flats, marsh, tidal creeks and stunning sunsets.

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Hiking Skidaway Island Big Ferry Trail near Savannah

Skidaway Island State Park near Savannah: Hiking the Big Ferry Trail

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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Chattahoochee Bend: Hiking the Riverside Trail

Hike the kid-friendly Riverside Trail at Chattahoochee Bend State Park south of Atlanta to Chattahoochee River views in a wildlife-filled, shady forest.

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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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