Hiking Trails

Grab your hiking boots and hit the trail! Hike these trails across the Southeast & beyond to our favorite landscapes, waterfalls, canyons and mountain summits. Looking for Georgia’s most popular hikes and backpacking trips? Check out our top ten favorite North Georgia hikes, our favorite trails to waterfalls in Georgia, or our top ten hikes within 40 miles of Atlanta.

 
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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Georgia mountains: our favorite hikes to summits & sublime views

Georgia mountains: our favorite hikes to summits & sublime views

Hike to exceptional summit views on these trails to some of the tallest mountains in Georgia. Our top 25 Georgia mountain trails scale lofty peaks and summits to catch some of the Peach State’s best views.

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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 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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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 Sweetwater Creek Orange Trail to Atlanta skyline views

Sweetwater Creek: hiking the Orange Trail to 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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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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East Palisades Trail: hiking the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta

East Palisades Trail: hiking the Chattahoochee River

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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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 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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Hiking with kids: my family's favorite favorite trails in Georgia

Hiking with kids: my family’s favorite trails in Georgia

Explore Georgia’s canyons, mountains and waterfalls on these top kid-friendly hikes, rated and reviewed by kids themselves!

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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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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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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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Hike the Longleaf Loop on the Pine Mountain Trail at FD Roosevelt State Park

Longleaf Loop: Pine Mountain Trail at FD Roosevelt State Park

Hike the Pine Mountain Trail at FD Roosevelt State Park, trekking to multiple scenic overlooks and through a shady stream valley filled with gnarly mountain laurel.

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North Georgia waterfalls: our top 10 favorite hikes

North Georgia Waterfalls: Our Top 10 Favorite Hikes

Hike to our favorite waterfalls in Georgia on these great hikes to cascading, spilling falls. And don’t forget a picnic!

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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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Chattahoochee River: our favorite hiking and running trails near Atlanta

Chattahoochee River trails: our top 10 favorite trails on the ‘Hooch

Hike, walk, run or bike our top ten favorite, most popular and scenic trails in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area north of Atlanta.

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Georgia Appalachian Trail

Georgia Appalachian Trail hiking guide

Hike, trail run or backpack the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, climbing to mountain summits, diving into mossy creek valleys and catching some seriously stunning views.

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Three Forks, Georgia: hiking, backpacking & camping guide

Hike, backpack and camp the beautiful, shady, waterfall-filled Three Forks valley near Blue Ridge, Georgia.

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Atlanta’s best hiking trails – our top 10 favorite hikes

Our top 10 favorite Atlanta hiking trails within 40 miles of the city. These hikes explore gorgeous forest, rolling terrain and scenic rivers near Atlanta.

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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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Lookout Mountain: hiking Point Park to Sunset Rock in Chattanooga, TN

Lookout Mountain: hiking Point Park to Sunset Rock

Hike Lookout Mountain from Point Park, catching stunning views of the Tennessee River and downtown Chattanooga, and trek through a rocky, scenic forest to outstanding views at Sunset Rock.

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Winter Hiking in Georgia: Cloudland Canyon

Winter Hiking in Georgia: Our Favorite Trails

Explore these waterfalls and mountain summits in Georgia’s mild climate on our favorite winter-friendly hiking trails.

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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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Hiking Sweetwater Creek State Park near Atlanta: our favorite trails

Hike Sweetwater Creek State Park’s fantastic nine mile network of hiking trails near Atlanta along a rushing, whitewater-filled creek, to Civil War mill ruins and through beautiful, rolling forest.

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Hike the Lake Trail at Fort Mountain State Park

Fort Mountain Lake Trail: hiking the lake loop at Fort Mountain State Park

Hike the kid-friendly, 1.2 mile scenic Lake Trail loop at Fort Mountain State Park, exploring a shady forest and beautiful views from the lake’s shore.

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Hiking the Sitton's Gulch Trail at Cloudland Canyon State Park

Cloudland Canyon State Park: hiking Sitton’s Gulch Trail

Hike the 6 mile Sitton Gulch Trail, dropping from Cloudland Canyon’s towering rim to the canyon floor filled with waterfalls, towering hemlock and massive boulder fields.

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Wolfden Loop: hiking the Pine Mountain Trail at FD Roosevelt State Park

Wolfden Loop: Pine Mountain Trail at FD Roosevelt State Park

Hike 6.5 miles on this Pine Mountain Trail loop, exploring spilling waterfalls, a beaver pond, a wolf’s den, golden grasslands and shady forest. The Wolfden Loop is one of FD Roosevelt State Park’s most popular hikes.

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Hike to Cascade Falls on the Pine Mountain Trail at FD Roosevelt State Park

Cascade Falls: Pine Mountain Trail at FD Roosevelt State Park

Hike the Pine Mountain Trail to Cascade Falls and a series of tumbling waterfalls, and explore a mossy, leafy, lush forest on the eastern edge of Georgia’s FD Roosevelt State Park.

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Providence Canyon State Park hiking: Canyon Loop Trail

Hiking Providence Canyon State Park, Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon

Hike Providence Canyon State Park, Georgia’s ‘Little Grand Canyon’, through steep-sided, colorful canyons of carved sandstone in southwestern Georgia.

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