Georgia Hiking Trails: 0-2 Miles

Looking for a quick hike? These Georgia hiking trails travel distances up to two miles along Georgia’s most popular trails.

Sweetwater Creek State Park: hiking the Red Trail near Atlanta

Sweetwater Creek Red Trail

Hike the ultra-scenic Sweetwater Creek Red Trail to a historic Civil War mill on a rushing, whitewater-filled creek at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Atlanta.

Cascade Springs Nature Preserve: waterfall hike in Atlanta, GA

Cascade Springs Nature Preserve Trail

Hike Atlanta’s Cascade Springs Nature Preserve to a beautiful waterfall, a moss-covered historic springhouse, and mounded earthworks from the Civil War battle of Utoy Creek.

Skidaway Island State Park near Savannah, GA: hike to a stunning sunset over a scenic salt marsh

Skidaway Island State Park: hiking the Sandpiper Trail & Avian Loop

Explore Skidaway Island near Savannah on this two mile, two-trail duo, hiking to scenic views of salt flats, marsh, tidal creeks, and stunning sunsets.

Sope Creek Park: hike to Civil War paper mill ruins and a tumbling Chattahoochee River tributary creek in Atlanta, GA

Sope Creek Park: hiking the Paper Mill & Creek Trail

Hike a one-mile trail at Sope Creek Park near Marietta, exploring Civil-War-era paper mill ruins near the shore of a rocky, tumbling Chattahoochee River tributary creek.

Tallulah Gorge Hurricane Falls Trail

Tallulah Gorge State Park: hiking the Hurricane Falls Loop Trail

Hike Tallulah Gorge State Park’s most popular trail. The view-packed Hurricane Falls Trail skirts the gorge rim, descends to the gorge floor and crosses a suspension bridge to the thundering Hurricane Falls waterfall.

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.

High Falls State Park: Hiking the Falls Trail near Macon, Georgia

High Falls State Park: hiking the Falls Trail

Hike the Falls Trail at High Falls State Park near Macon, hiking a double loop to views of the enormous, thundering High Falls waterfalls.

Hike to Long Creek Falls on the Appalachian Trail near Blue Ridge, GA

Long Creek Falls on the Appalachian Trail

Hike a scenic stretch of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia to the beautiful Long Creek Falls, and explore the lush, waterfall-filled Three Forks valley.

Anna Ruby Falls: hiking a paved, kid-friendly trail near Helen, GA to double waterfalls

Anna Ruby Falls Trail

Hike the paved Anna Ruby Falls Trail to the beautiful, tumbling, rare double waterfalls near Unicoi State Park and Helen, GA. It’s a fantastic kid-friendly, stroller-friendly and dog-friendly hike!

Minnehaha Falls Trail: waterfall hike near Lake Rabun 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.

Dukes Creek Falls Trail: hiking near Helen, GA

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.

Helton Creek Falls: best kid-friendly waterfall hikes near Helen, GA

Helton Creek Falls

Hike to two beautiful waterfalls at Helton Creek Falls on a short, kid-friendly, less-than-one-mile trail near Helen, Georgia.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Hiking for beginners near Atlanta

Hiking for beginners: A plan to progress through Atlanta’s trails

Our seven favorite trails that offer the best of hiking for beginners. These hikes grow in length and difficulty as you progress through the list, offering a plan for new hikers and those seeking to introduce their kids to a new outdoor adventure.

Lullwater Park Trail: running at Emory University in Atlanta

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.

Oak Ridge Nature Trail: Carters Lake hiking

Oak Ridge Nature Trail at Carters Lake

Hike the Oak Ridge Nature Trail to catch scenic views of Carters Lake from a small peninsula and inlet, looping through beautiful North Georgia forest.

Hike to the Fall Branch Falls waterfall on the Benton MacKaye Trail near Blue Ridge

Fall Branch Falls on the Benton MacKaye Trail

Hike the Benton MacKaye Trail a short half mile roundtrip to the cascading Fall Branch Falls waterfall near Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Toccoa River Swinging Bridge Benton MacKaye Trail

Toccoa River Swinging Bridge: hiking the Benton MacKaye Trail near Blue Ridge

Hike the Benton MacKaye Trail near Blue Ridge, Georgia to a long suspension bridge over the Toccoa River, and a small waterfall on the opposite bank.

Hike the Tumbling Waters Nature Trail to two waterfalls at Carters Lake

Tumbling Waters Nature Trail at Carters Lake

Explore waterfalls, cross a towering bridge and trek through beautiful, lush forest on the popular Tumbling Waters Nature Trail hike at Carters Lake.

Hike the Warwoman Dell Trail and Bartram Triail to Becky Branch Falls

Warwoman Dell: hiking the Bartram Trail to Becky Branch Falls

Hike the Warwoman Dell Trail and Bartram Trail through beautiful forest to a trio of stunning waterfalls near Clayton, GA, including Becky Branch Falls.

Angel Falls Trail: Hiking Lake Rabun to double waterfalls

Angel Falls Trail: Hiking Lake Rabun Beach to Angel Falls & Panther Falls

Hike the Angel Falls Trail at the Lake Rabun Beach campground in North Georgia to two beautiful waterfalls, Angel Falls and Panther Falls.

Run Herbert Taylor Park in Morningside on the banks of South Fork Peachtree Creek

Herbert Taylor Park in Atlanta

Grab an in-town trail run or hike at Herbert Taylor Park and David Johnson Nature Preserve in Atlanta’s Morningside neighborhood, looping 1.5 miles along the scenic banks of Rock Creek and South Fork Peachtree Creek.

Kennesaw Mountain Environmental Trail

Kennesaw Mountain Environmental Trail

The Environmental Trail explores the base of Kennesaw Mountain on an easy, one mile loop. With signs that teach about Kennesaw Mountain’s forest and wildlife, it’s a kid-friendly hike, but great for adults, too.

Running the Cheshire Farm Trail in Atlanta

Cheshire Farm Trail / North Fork Creekside Trail

Run the recently-built Cheshire Farm Trail along North Fork Peachtree Creek in Atlanta, a scenic single-mile out-and-back from Lindbergh Drive to Cheshire Bridge Road.


Lakeside Trail at Red Top Mountain State Park

The .75 mile, ADA accessible Lakeside Trail at Red Top Mountain hikes a paved, kid-friendly path on the Allatoona Lake shore and visits a historic cabin.


Johnson Ferry Trail on 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.


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.

Kennesaw Mountain Trail: hiking to the Kennesaw Mountain summit

Kennesaw Mountain Trail: Big Mountain Hike

Hike a strenuous 2.4 miles roundtrip on the Big Mountain Trail, climbing Kennesaw Mountain, the site of a Civil War battle, to breathtaking Atlanta skyline views.


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.


Murphy Candler Park Trail

Hike, walk, or run the scenic two-mile Murphey Candler Park Trail, circling the park’s lake, marshland, and forest in Atlanta’s Brookhaven neighborhood.


Fort Mountain Trail: hiking to the stone wall, overlook & tower

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.


Marble Mine Trail: hiking James H “Sloppy” 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.