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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.

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.

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.


Best Fall Hiking in North Georgia: Our Favorite Trails

Our favorite fall hiking trails hike North Georgia mountain summits and creek valleys to catch views of the fall season’s colorful foliage.


Jacks River Falls Trail

Hike and splash 6 miles on the Jacks River Falls Trail, winding and wading through Georgia’s Cohutta Wilderness to a series of beautiful waterfalls.


Cochran Mill Park: Hiking the Henry Mill Falls Trail

Hike 4.8 miles to the beautiful Henry Mill Falls waterfall in Cochran Mill Park, 25 miles southeast of Atlanta.


Three Forks Hiking, Backpacking & Camping Guide

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

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.


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.


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.


Arabia Mountain: Cascade Trail and Wilburn Farm Trail

Hike the Arabia Mountain Cascade Trail to small cascading waterfalls before looping the Wilburn Farm Trail to an old barn, farmhouse ruins and a small pond.


Arabia Mountain: Mountain View Trail

Hike the Arabia Mountain View Trail over vast granite expanses to a glassy, reflective lake and grassy meadow on Arabia Mountain’s lower elevations.


Red Top Mountain State Park: Hiking the Homestead Trail on Lake Allatoona

Hike the 5.3 mile Homestead Trail along the rolling, iron-rich, red-tipped shoreline of Lake Allatoona at Georgia’s Red Top Mountain State Park.

Georgia Appalachian Trail

Georgia Appalachian Trail Hiking Guide

Hike the Appalachian Trail in Georgia to mountain summits, mossy creek valleys and stunning views. These are our favorite Georgia Appalachian Trail hikes & backpacking adventures.


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.


Jones Bridge Trail on the Chattahoochee River

The Jones Bridge Trail travels the Chattahoochee’s Jones Bridge Park to the remnants of an old bridge and beautiful Chattahoochee River views.


Cumberland Island Hiking Guide

Explore Cumberland Island, hiking to Carnegie mansion ruins and wide, powdery beaches on Georgia’s southern coastline.


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.


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.


Johnson Ferry Trail at the Chattahoochee River

Hike, walk or run the Johnson Ferry Trail, looping 1.8 nearly-level miles on the Chattahoochee River’s banks at Johnson Ferry Park near Marietta.


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.


Byron Reece Trail at Neels Gap

Hike the Byron Reece Trail at Neels Gap through a beautiful, mossy, stream-filled forest on the lower elevations of Blood Mountain.

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. 


Blood Mountain to Cowrock Mountain: Backpacking the Appalachian Trail

Hike or backpack 13 miles on this Georgia stretch of the Appalachian Trail from Blood Mountain through Neels Gap to Wolf Laurel Top and Cowrock Mountain.


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.


Appalachian Trail: Woody Gap to Jarrard Gap via Big Cedar Mountain

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


Yellow River Trail: Hiking Yellow River Park

Hike 3.2 miles on the Yellow River Trail’s scenic, forested riverside banks at Yellow River Park near Stone Mountain.


Powers Island Trail: Hiking the Chattahoochee River

Hike the Powers Island Trail on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, exploring Powers Island and the river’s rocky, boulder-filled banks.


North Georgia Waterfalls: Our Top 10 Favorite Hikes

Hike to North Georgia waterfalls on our favorite trails to beautiful cascading falls.


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.


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.


Raven Cliff Falls Trail: Hiking to Gorgeous Waterfalls

Hike the Raven Cliff Falls Trail 5.1 miles through a waterfall-filled valley to one of Georgia’s most popular and beautiful waterfalls.


Stone Mountain Hiking: Mountain and Lakeside Trails

Combine two Stone Mountain hiking trails, the Walk Up Trail and Cherokee Trail, trekking to the Stone Mountain summit and then around its scenic base.


Cascade Springs Nature Preserve Trail

Hike the stream-filled trails at Atlanta’s Cascade Springs Nature Preserve to a beautiful waterfall and Civil War battle site.


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.


Tallulah Gorge Hiking: Hurricane Falls Loop Trail

Hike the Hurricane Falls Loop Trail, the most popular Tallulah Gorge hiking trail, to breathtaking views of this steep-walled, waterfall-filled gorge.


Cheatham Hill / Kolb Farm Loop Trail at Kennesaw Mountain

Run or hike this Kennesaw Mountain trail – a 5.8 mile loop from Cheatham Hill through beautiful meadow, creek-filled forest and Civil War battlefields.


Sope Creek via Cochran Shoals: Hiking the Chattahoochee River

Hike this 8.5 mile trail connecting two popular Chattahoochee River parks near Atlanta: Cochran Shoals and Sope Creek. Explore marshland, forest, and Civil War paper mill ruins on this moderate hike.


West Palisades Trails: Chattahoochee River at Akers Drive

Hike or trail run the scenic riverside West Palisades Trail on the Chattahoochee River near Atlanta from the park’s Akers Drive trailhead.


Sope Creek: Hiking the Ruins & Creek Trail

Hike this one mile out-and-back trail at Sope Creek Park near Marietta to Civil-War-era paper mill ruins on the shores of the beautiful Sope Creek.


Kennesaw Mountain: Hiking the 2 Mile Mountain Trail

Hike this 2.4 mile out-and-back trail to climb Kennesaw Mountain, the site of a Civil War battle just north of Atlanta, to catch breathtaking views and Civil War artifacts at the summit.


Kennesaw Mountain Trail: Hiking the 11 Mile Battlefield & Mountain Loop

Hike this 11 mile Kennesaw Mountain Trail loop over two mountains, across Civil War battlefields, and to stunning summit views of the Atlanta skyline.


Arabia Mountain Top Trail

Hike the Arabia Mountain Trail through massive exposed granite fields and past shallow basins of rare plants, climbing to stunning summit views.


East Palisades Trail: Hiking the Chattahoochee River

Hike the East Palisades Trail 3.4 miles on the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta, climbing to several high overlooks, visiting mill ruins and a bamboo forest.


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

This challenging day hike on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia climbs to incredible long-range views at Rocky Mountain from Unicoi Gap near Helen.


Sweetwater Yellow Trail: Sweetwater Creek State Park

Hike the 3.4 mile Sweetwater Yellow Trail loop to Sweetwater’s eastern shore, crossing a large bridge at Sweetwater Creek State Park.


Bear Creek Hiking Trail: Valley to Summit

Hike this moderate, 5.7 mile Bear Creek Trail out-and-back, climbing from the lush Bear Creek valley to a nearby summit near Ellijay.


Black Rock Mountain: Hiking the 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.


FD Roosevelt State Park: Hiking the Pine Mountain Trail at Dowdell’s Knob

This trail hikes the Pine Mountain Trail at Georgia’s FD Roosevelt State Park, hiking a 4.3 mile loop to high-elevation valley views on the lofty Pine Mountain Ridge.


Vogel State Park to Blood Mountain: Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Hike Georgia’s Vogel State Park to stunningly beautiful vistas on the Blood Mountain summit via the Appalachian Trail.


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.


Gold Branch Trail: Hiking the Chattahoochee River near Atlanta

Hike the Gold Branch Trail 3.5 miles on the wildlife-filled banks of the Chattahoochee River near Atlanta.


Springer Mountain Loop Trail: Hiking the Appalachian Trail & BMT

Hike 4.75 miles on Georgia’s Springer Mountain Loop on the Appalachian Trail and Benton Mackaye Trail to overlooks and a beautiful stream-filled valley.


West Palisades Trail on the Chattahoochee River

Hike, bike, walk or run the 3.6 mile, paved West Palisades Trail on the Chattahoochee River’s scenic shores in metro Atlanta.


Dukes Creek Falls Trail: Hiking near Helen

This moderate, kid and dog friendly trail hikes to multiple waterfalls on Dukes Creek and Davis Creek in North Georgia.


Eastside BeltLine Trail: Atlanta BeltLine Running & Cycling

Atlanta’s Eastside BeltLine Trail travels through art, history and culture from Piedmont Park to Inman Park & Old Fourth Ward on the paved Atlanta BeltLine.


Island Ford Park: Hiking the Island Ford Trail on the Chattahoochee River

Hike the Island Ford Trail at Island Ford Park on the Chattahoochee River through a wildlife-filled forest near Roswell.


Providence Canyon Hiking: Colorful Canyon Trails

The Providence Canyon hiking trails wind between steep canyon walls of colorful sculpted sandstone at Georgia’s Providence Canyon State Park.


Panola Mountain Hiking: Guide-Led Twilight Hikes

Explore the Panola Mountain hiking trails on this guide-led sunset hike to the mountain’s summit at Panola Mountain State Park.


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.


Tray Mountain: Hiking the Appalachian Trail at Indian Grave Gap

Hike to Tray Mountain on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, trailing 5.2 miles from the Indian Grave Gap to the soaring Tray Mountain summit.


Bear Creek Trail: Hiking to the giant Gennett Poplar Tree

Hike the Bear Creek Trail, winding through a beautiful, fern-filled creek valley to the second largest living tree in Georgia, the Gennett Poplar.


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.


Cochran Shoals Trail: Chattahoochee River Running & Walking

Hike, walk, run, or bike over 4 miles of wide, level trails at Cochran Shoals park along the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta.


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.


Pine Mountain Trail: Hiking to Allatoona Lake Vistas

Hike the Pine Mountain Trail 4.5 miles to the scenic Pine Mountain summit for outstanding views of Allatoona Lake.


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.


Sope Creek Trail: Hiking Sope Creek Park

The Sope Creek Trail hikes and runs along a rushing creek, beside Civil War paper mill ruins and to a serene pond at Atlanta’s Sope Creek Park.


High Shoals Falls Trail: Hiking Double Waterfalls near Helen

Hike 2.7 miles to two waterfalls: the 50-foot cascades High Shoals Falls, one of Georgia’s largest waterfalls, and Blue Hole Falls waterfall.


Springer Mountain Trail: Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Hike the two mile Springer Mountain Trail to Springer Mountain, the southernmost blaze of the Appalachian Trail and gorgeous summit views.


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.


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.


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.


Cloudland Canyon Hiking: the Sitton 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.


Chattahoochee Bend State Park: Hiking the Riverside Trail

Hike 10.8 miles at Chattahoochee Bend State Park on the Riverside Trail and Bend Trail along the Chattahoochee River’s banks south of Atlanta.


Murphey Candler Park: Hiking or Running the Murphey Candler Trail

Hike, walk, or run the 2 mile Murphey Candler Trail circling the lake, marsh and forest at Murphey Candler Park in Atlanta’s Brookhaven neighborhood.


Fort Mountain Trail: Hiking the Stone Wall, Overlook & Tower Trails

Hike the Fort Mountain Trail in a 1.6 mile loop at Georgia’s Fort Mountain State Park to a mysterious stone wall, a tower, and incredible overlook views.


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.


Helton Creek Falls: A Short Hike to Two Waterfalls near Helen

Catch two rushing waterfalls at Helton Creek Falls on this short, kid-friendly .6 mile hike north of Helen, Georgia near Vogel State Park.


Amicalola Falls Trail: Hiking Georgia’s Tallest Waterfall

Hike to the top of Amicalola Falls, the tallest waterfall in Georgia, and catch incredible mountain views from the fall’s crest.


Sweetwater Creek State Park: Hiking Trails

Hike the Sweetwater Creek State Park trails in Atlanta to explore Civil War mill ruins, waterfalls and beautiful forest.


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.


Desoto Falls Trail: Hiking Waterfalls near Helen

Hike the two mile Desoto Falls Trail to a pair of waterfalls, Upper Lower Desoto Falls, in the Chattahoochee National Forest.


Pinhoti Trail: Hiking South from Snake Creek Gap in Georgia

Hike the Pinhoti Trail South from Snake Creek Gap to crest the rocky, mossy, boulder-strewn Horn Mountain summit on this 3.5 mile out-and-back trail.


Pinhoti Trail: Hiking Snake Creek Gap to Mill Creek Mountain

Hike the Pinhoti Trail in Georgia from Snake Creek Gap, visiting a Native American grave and ridgeline views from Mill Creek Mountain.


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.


Cloudland Canyon Waterfalls Trail

The popular Cloudland Canyon Waterfalls Trail descends stairs to two waterfalls, Cherokee Falls and Hemlock Falls, that cascade in the beautiful, steep-walled canyon.


Sweetwater Creek: Hiking the Blue & Red Trail Loop

This 3.1 mile hiking trail combines the red and blue trails at Georgia’s Sweetwater Creek State Park for a moderate hike to historic mill ruins, the falls of Sweetwater Creek, and through woodland forest.


Marble Mine Trail: Hiking Georgia’s Floyd State Park

The Marble Mine Trail in Georgia’s Floyd State Park hikes an easy 1.7 miles to explore an abandoned mine entrance and a seasonal, trickling waterfall.


Red Top Mountain State Park: Hiking the Iron Hill Loop Trail

The 3.8 mile Iron Hill Loop at Georgia’s Red Top Mountain State Park explores a picturesque peninsula and cove along Allatoona Lake near Atlanta.


Blood Mountain Trail: Hiking the Appalachian Trail in Georgia

This 4.3 mile out-and-back Blood Mountain trail hikes the Byron Reece and Appalachian Trails to incredible summit views near Helen, Georgia.


Lullwater Park: Walking & Running Trails at Emory University

Run or walk the Lullwater Park loop trails, following the banks of a serene lake and crossing a span bridge to explore the ruins of a 1920s powerhouse.


Morningside Nature Preserve: Atlanta Walking, Hiking & Running Trails

Hike, run or walk the Morningside Nature Preserve Trail on the banks of South Fork Peachtree Creek in Atlanta’s Morningside neighborhood.


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.


Table Rock Trail: Hiking Linville Gorge in North Carolina

Hike the Table Rock Trail to breathtaking panoramic views from a soaring summit in North Carolina’s Linville Gorge.


Vickery Creek Trail: Hiking & Running in Roswell

Hike the 3 mile Vickery Creek Trail to two historic mills, a covered bridge, and a spillway waterfall near Roswell, Georgia.


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