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.

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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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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Spring Hiking in Georgia: Our Top 10 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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Savannah Running and Hiking: Our Favorite Savannah Trails

Savannah Running and Hiking: Our Favorite Savannah 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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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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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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Georgia State Parks Hiking: Our favorite Trails

Georgia State Parks Hiking: 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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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 Mile Rock Trail

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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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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Appalachian Trail: Dicks Creek Gap to Powell Mountain

Appalachian Trail: Dicks Creek Gap to Powell Mountain

Hike the Appalachian Trail in Georgia south from Dicks Creek Gap, climbing to stunning views of Lake Burton from the summit of Powell Mountain.

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Georgia Appalachian Trail: Dicks Creek Gap to Bly Gap

Appalachian Trail: Dicks Creek Gap to Bly Gap, NC

Backpack the Appalachian Trail from Dicks Creek Gap to Georgia’s northern border at Bly Gap. This hike trails 17.4 miles – a classic North Georgia backpacking adventure.

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Jacks River Trail from Dally Gap in the Cohutta Wilderness

Hike and splash 9+ miles on the Jacks River Trail, winding and wading through Georgia’s Cohutta Wilderness to a series of beautiful waterfalls on Jacks River.

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Appalachian Trail Three Forks to Hawk Mountain Shelter

Appalachian Trail: Three Forks to Hawk Mountain Shelter

Hike the Appalachian Trail from the stream-filled Three Forks valley to Long Creek Falls, the Hawk Mountain Shelter and a centuries-old, weathered cemetery.

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Dockery Lake Trail: Dockery Lake to the Appalachian Trail

Hike the Dockery Lake Trail 7.1 miles roundtrip from Dockery Lake, a small mountain lake north of Dahlonega, to the Appalachian Trail near Big Cedar Mountain.

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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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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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Woody Gap to Ramrock Mountain & the Gooch Mountain Shelter: Appalachian Trail

Hike the Appalachian Trail south from Woody Gap over Black Mountain to Ramrock Mountain views, camping at Gooch Gap, and the Gooch Mountain Shelter on this 10.6 mile, out-and-back hike.

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Tesnatee Gap to Cowrock Mountain: Appalachian Trail in Georgia

Hike the Appalachian Trail from Tesnatee Gap to stunning Cowrock Mountain summit views on this 2.25 mile, out-and-back day hike in the Raven Cliffs Wilderness.

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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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Emery Creek Trail: Hiking to Emery Creek Falls

Hike the Emery Creek Trail six out-and-back miles to the gorgeous, secluded Emery Creek Falls waterfall near Blue Ridge.

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Appalachian Trail: Woody Gap to Preachers Rock, Big Cedar Mountain & Jarrard Gap

Hike the Appalachian Trail from Woody Gap to Preachers Rock at Big Cedar Mountain and Jarrard Gap, trailing 11.6 miles in Georgia’s beautiful Blood Mountain Wilderness.

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Georgia’s Best Dog Friendly Trails: Our Favorite Hikes with Dogs

Hike these dog friendly trails near Atlanta and in North Georgia – the favorite hikes of our favorite canine hiking buddies, Amber and Jake.

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Appalachian Trail, Jarrard Trail, and Slaughter Creek Trail Loop

Hike this 5.6 mile loop on the Appalachian Trail, Slaughter Creek Trail and Jarrard Trail near Blood Mountain through a wildflower-filled forest.

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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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Hiking the Appalachian Trail – Three Forks to Springer Mountain near Ellijay

Hike the Appalachian Trail 8.6 miles roundtrip from the creek-filled Three Forks valley on this Springer Mountain trail – the southern end of the AT.

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Black Rock Mountain State Park: Edmonds Backcountry Trail

Hike Black Rock Mountain State Park to mountain summits, tumbling streams, and a secluded waterfall on this difficult six mile loop trail.

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Sweetwater Red Trail: Hiking at Sweetwater Creek

The two mile Sweetwater Red Trail hikes to historic mill ruins, rushing rapids and small waterfalls at Atlanta’s Sweetwater Creek State Park.

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Sweetwater White Trail: Hiking Sweetwater Creek State Park

Hike the Sweetwater White Trail on a 4.1 mile loop through tumbling whitewater, quiet meadows and a serene pond at Georgia’s Sweetwater Creek State Park.

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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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Arkaquah Trail: Hiking Brasstown Bald to Track Rock Gap

Hike the Arkaquah Trail 11 miles out and back from Brasstown Bald to stunning views before descending to view ancient petroglyphs at Track Rock Gap.

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Gahuti Trail: Hiking Fort Mountain in North Georgia

Hike the 8.2 mile Gahuti Trail loop at Fort Mountain State Park near Chatsworth, Georgia to explore gorgeous overlook vistas, the cascades of a remote waterfall and backcountry campsites.

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AT Approach Trail: Hiking Amicalola Falls to Springer Mountain

Hike the Appalachian Approach Trail 15.6 roundtrip miles from the Amicalola Falls waterfall to Springer Mountain, the Appalachian Trail’s southern end.

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Hike Inn Trail: Hiking from Amicalola Falls

Catch stunning views on the Hike Inn Trail, a 9.8 mile out-and-back hike from Amicalola Falls to the eco-friendly Len Foote Hike Inn.

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Blood Mountain Loop: Hiking the Appalachian Trail & Freeman Trail

This 6 mile Blood Mountain Loop trail hikes the Appalachian Trail and two side trails around the summit through beautifully varied terrain.

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Cloudland Canyon Hiking: the West Rim Loop Trail

Hike the 4.9 mile West Rim Loop Trail for the best views from the Cloudland Canyon hiking trails, plunging through the canyon before looping the edge and grabbing incredible views throughout the hike.

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