Atlanta hiking trails: our top ten favorite hikes near Atlanta

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

Explore Atlanta's outdoor beauty, and hike our top 10 favorite Atlanta hiking trails within 40 miles of the city. These hikes explore gorgeous, rolling forest, scenic rivers, historical remains and catch the best, most stunning mountaintop views near Atlanta.

Spectacular hikes fill Georgia’s rolling mountains and coastal plains, offering a great outdoor escape from Atlanta’s urban life. Fueled with a hunger for fresh air, nature, and the chance to unplug from technology, we’ve trekked many of Georgia’s best trails, eager to find the best hikes to waterfalls, mountain summits, and mossy, whitewater-filled trout streams.

And, granted, many of the most popular Georgia hiking trails are less than two hours from Atlanta, including the famed Appalachian Trail and the beautiful waterfalls at Panther Creek Falls.

Atlanta, Georgia's best hiking trails: our top ten favorite Atlanta hikes in the metro area

But busy weekends don’t always allow time for a drive to the Appalachians and time on the trail. The local Atlanta area has many hiking trails that equal the adventure on the fantastic hiking trails in the North Georgia mountains. And some local Atlanta hikes provide scenery so visually stunning you’ll be left guessing if you’re even in Georgia, let alone an Atlanta suburb. These are our top ten favorite Atlanta hiking trails. All are within a 40-mile drive of Midtown Atlanta – and a few are even within the I-285 Perimeter loop.

Top places to hike near Atlanta: our favorite trails

More great outdoor adventures near Atlanta

Escape sidewalks and crosswalks on our top ten Atlanta running trails – they’re equally great for walking or a weekend stroll with the family. Visit Georgia’s rolling southern Appalachian mountains on a hike to a stunning summit in our list of top ten hikes in North Georgia. And love waterfalls? Hike to our favorite falls on our top ten list of Georgia waterfall hikes.

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Eric Champlin is a writer and photographer who loves to hike, run, backpack, kayak and cycle the southeast. He’s the editor and founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, online magazines that cover the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.