Georgia Hiking Trails: 2-4 Miles

Grab your hiking boots and hit the trail. These Georgia hiking trails travel distances from two to four miles along Georgia’s most popular trails.

 
 
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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Run, walk or bike the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail from Piedmont Park to Ponce City Market

Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail: Midtown ATL running, cycling and culture

Run, walk or cycle the Atlanta BeltLine’s most popular stretch, the Eastside Trail, from Piedmont Park to Ponce City Market & Old Fourth Ward.

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Hemlock Falls Trail: hiking near Lake Burton in North Georgia

Hemlock Falls Trail: hiking Moccasin Creek at Lake Burton

Hike the two-mile Hemlock Falls Trail at Lake Burton, exploring a waterfall-filled valley and the Hemlock Falls waterfall near Moccasin Creek State Park in Rabun County.

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East Palisades Trail: hiking the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta

East Palisades Trail: hiking the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta

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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Sawnee Mountain Preserve: hiking the Indian Seats Trail near Atlanta

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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Rabun Bald: hiking the Bartram Trail from Georgia's Beegum Gap

Rabun Bald: hiking the Bartram Trail from Beegum Gap

Hike the Bartram Trail to Rabun Bald, the second-tallest mountain summit in Georgia, to catch stunning panoramic views from the mountain’s summit.

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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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Arabia Mountain Top Trail: top hikes near Atlanta, GA

Arabia Mountain Top Trail

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

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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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Amicalola Falls Trail: hiking to Georgia's tallest waterfall

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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Red Top Mountain Iron Hill Loop Trail at Lake Allatoona

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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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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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.

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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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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.

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Cumberland Island Hiking Guide

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

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Lullwater Park: running trails at Emory University

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.

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Hike to High Shoals Falls and Blue Hole Falls north of Helen

High Shoals Falls Trail: hiking double waterfalls near Helen

Hike to two exceptionally beautiful waterfalls, High Shoals Falls and Blue Hole Falls, through a lush forest near Tray Mountain north of Helen, Georgia.

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Tallulah Gorge State Park: Hiking the north and south rim trails

Tallulah Gorge: Hiking the North Rim & South Rim Trails

Hike the rim trails at Tallulah Gorge State Park, sighting waterfalls deep in the gorge. The North Rim & South Rim Trails are the easiest, most popular and most scenic at Tallulah Gorge.

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High Falls State Park: Hiking the Historic and Tranquil Trails near Macon

High Falls State Park: Hiking the Historic Trail & Tranquil Trail

Hike to stunning views of the High Shoals waterfall and historic ruins on the Historic & Tranquil Trails at High Falls State Park near Macon.

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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.

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Black Rock Mountain State Park: hiking the Tennesee Rock Trail

Black Rock Mountain State Park: Tennessee Rock Trail

Hike Black Rock Mountain State Park in North Georgia to stunning mountain views & through beautiful wildflower-filled forest on the Tennessee Rock Trail.

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Ocmulgee National Monument: Hiking Indian Mounds Near Macon

Ocmulgee National Monument: Indian Mounds Trail in Macon

Hike the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, exploring the park’s ancient Native American mounds and a wildlife-filled wetland on the Ocmulgee River.

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Kennesaw Mountain 24 Gun Trail: Hiking & Trail Running

Kennesaw Mountain 24 Gun Trail

Hike (or trail run) the Kennesaw Mountiain 24 Gun Trail and Environmental Trail, exploring Kenesaw Mountain’s lower elevations, a rocky, rolling forest, and the site of a fortified Civil War Union camp.

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Unicoi State Park Hiking: Bottoms Loop Trail

Unicoi State Park Bottoms Loop Trail

Hike or run the Bottoms Loop Trail at Unicoi State Park near Helen to visit the trout-filled Smith Creek, a wide, grassy meadow and a beautiful, stream-filled forest.

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Skidaway Island Loop Trails near Savannah Georgia

Hiking Skidaway Island State Park: Sandpiper Trail & Avian Loop Trail

Hike a two mile, two-trail duo at Skidaway Island near Savannah to scenic views of salt flats, marsh, tidal creeks and stunning sunsets.

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Yellow Trail at Sweetwater Creek State Park

Hike the 3.3 mile Sweetwater Creek Yellow Trail to the creek’s eastern shore, crossing a large bridge and catching cross-creek views of the park’s Civil War-era mill ruins.

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Hiking Skidaway Island Big Ferry Trail near Savannah

Skidaway Island State Park near Savannah: Hiking the Big Ferry Trail

Hike Skidaway Island near Savannah to sweeping intercoastal views from an observation tower, to a prohibition-era liquor still, and through beautiful moss-draped coastal forest on the Big Ferry Trail.

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Hiking Wormsloe Historic Site near Savannah

Hiking Wormsloe Historic Site near Savannah

Hike the Wormsloe Battery Trail to Oak Avenue’s 400 moss-draped oak trees, the Wormsloe historic ruins and grassy coastal salt marsh near Savannah.

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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.

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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.

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Appalachian Trail: Tesnatee Gap to Cowrock Mountain 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.

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Yellow River Trail: Hiking Yellow River Park near Stone Mountain

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

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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.

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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.

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Sweetwater Creek Red Trail

Hike the two mile Sweetwater Creek Red Trail to historic Civil War mill ruins, rushing rapids and small waterfalls at Atlanta’s Sweetwater Creek State Park.

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Gold Branch Trail on the Chattahoochee River

Explore the banks of the Chattahoochee River on the Gold Branch Trail near Roswell, Georgia, hiking 3.25 miles through a wildlife-filled forest.

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Chattahoochee River: our favorite hiking and running trails near Atlanta

Bob Callan Trail & Rottenwood Creek Trail at Paces Mill / West Palisades

Hike, bike, walk or run the 3.6 mile, paved Bob Callan Trail along Rottenwood Creek and the Chattahoochee River at Paces Mill Park and West Palisades in Atlanta.

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