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.

 
Take a heart-pumping trail run (or hike) on the East Mulberry Trail at Little Mulberry Park in Gwinnett County

Little Mulberry Park: trail running (or hiking) the East Mulberry Trail

Escape the hustle and bustle of booming Gwinnett County and sneak away to the trees with this heart-pumping trail run (or hike) on the East Mulberry Trail at Little Mulberry Park, climbing to some of the county’s highest elevations.

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Tallulah Gorge State Park: Hiking & Running Trail Guide

Tallulah Gorge State Park: Hiking & Adventure Guide

Run, climb, bike or hike Tallulah Gorge State Park, exploring beautiful waterfalls, steep-sided canyons and serene riverbanks near Tallulah Falls, Georgia.

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Best fall hikes in North Georgia: our top 10 favorite trails through autumn leaf color

Best fall hikes in North Georgia: our top 10 favorite trails through autumn leaf color

Hike to these North Georgia mountain summits and waterfalls to catch the best fall leaf color in Georgia. Our top 10 favorite autumn hiking trails.

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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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Raven Cliff Falls Trail

Hike the Raven Cliff Falls Trail 4.9 miles through a waterfall-filled valley to one of Georgia’s most popular and beautiful waterfalls, Raven Cliff Falls.

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Blood Mountain Loop: hiking the Appalachian Trail, Byron Reece Trail and Freeman Trail to beautiful Blood Mountain vistas

Blood Mountain Loop: Hiking the Appalachian Trail & Freeman Trail

Hike a six mile loop to Georgia’s highest Appalachian Trail summit, climbing the AT and Byron Reece Trails to beautiful views at the Blood Mountain summit before looping back through a fern-filled forest on the Freeman Trail.

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Hike the Doll's Head Trail loop at Constitution Lakes Park in Atlanta

Doll’s Head Trail: hiking Constitution Lakes Park in Atlanta

Explore Constitution Lakes Park, hiking nature preserve boardwalks to glassy lake views and exploring whimsical displays of found-object artwork on the park’s memorable Doll’s Head Trail.

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Appalachian Trail: Blood Mountain to Cowrock Mountain

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.

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Minnehaha Falls Trail on Rabun Lake in North Georgia

Minnehaha Falls Trail

Hike the Minnehaha Falls Trail, a short, easy, kid-friendly hike on Lake Rabun in North Georgia, to a beautiful, towering, cascading waterfall.

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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.

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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 on the East Ridge Trail and Appalachian Approach Trail loop.

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Pinhoti Trail: Snake Creek Gap to Horn Mountain

Hike the Pinhoti Trail South from Snake Creek Gap to crest the rocky, mossy, boulder-strewn Horn Mountain summit on this 3 mile out-and-back adventure.

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DeSoto Falls Trail: hiking near Helen, Georgia

DeSoto Falls Trail

Hike the two mile Desoto Falls Trail near Helen to a pair of waterfalls where, legend holds, a piece of armor was found from DeSoto’s expedition in the mid-1500s.

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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.

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Anna Ruby Falls waterfall trail near Helen, Georgia

Anna Ruby Falls Trail

Hike the paved Anna Ruby Falls Trail to the beautiful, rare double waterfalls at Anna Ruby Falls near Helen. This less-than-1-mile hike trails a waterfall-filled creek, and is kid-friendly, stroller-friendly and dog-friendly, too.

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Springer Mountain: hiking the Appalachian Trail

Hike the famed Appalachian Trail to Springer Mountain, visiting the southernmost blaze of the AT in Georgia, and catching gorgeous summit views.

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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

Waterfalls in Georgia: Our Top 10 Favorite Hikes

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

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