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.

From sandy coastal barrier islands to towering waterfalls, and from waterfall-filled canyons to towering mountain summits with see-forever views, Georgia State Parks offer incredible options for adventure. Throughout these landscapes, miles and miles of well-marked and well-groomed hiking trails wind through Georgia forest to visit the parks’ most picturesque features.

Hike the Amicalola Falls Trail to the tallest waterfall in GeorgiaAbove: hike Amicalola Falls State Park to the tallest waterfall in Georgia

Trails for beginning hikers, trails for backpackers, dog-friendly trails and kid-friendly trails – Georgia State Parks offer a wide variety of hikes for all ages and abilities. Having hiked hundreds of miles in the parks, it was tough to choose, but we’ve listed our favorites below.

Georgia State Parks: our top 10 favorite hikes

Hitting the trail? We’d love to see your adventures! Share your photos with us by tagging them #getoutsidegeorgia and #atlantatrails on Instagram and Twitter.


Extend the Adventure

While each of Georgia’s State Parks is unique, many offer an abundance of options for outdoor family fun, including hiking, backpacking, boating and biking and camping, cabins, and yurts for multi-day adventures. After catching some trail time on our favorite hikes, scope out the park’s other outdoor offerings to maximize your adventure during the day. Or extend the adventure: visit gastateparks.org to make accommodations for an outdoor-fun-packed weekend getaway.

Hike Providence Canyon in southwestern Georgia, the 'Little Grand Canyon' of the eastAbove: hike Providence Canyon State Park in southwestern Georgia through colorful walls of sculpted sandstone

While the day-use parking fees at the parks ($5) are well worth the small fee (five dollars for an all-day adventure can’t be beat!), you’ll grab an even better value with the annual park pass if you plan to visit often. Planning to knock off our top ten favorite hikes in the next year? Grab unlimited, year-round adventure with a $50 Georgia State Parks Annual Pass that allows fee-free parking for a full year.

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