Georgia Hiking Trail Difficulty: Easy

Hit the trail! These Georgia hiking trails travel to some seriously beautiful landscapes – but are easy in effort for children or beginning hikers.

Hike the Riverside Trail at Chattahoochee Bend State Park near Peachtree City, GA

Chattahoochee Bend State Park: hiking the Riverside Trail

Hike the kid-friendly Riverside Trail at Chattahoochee Bend State Park, exploring the Chattahoochee River in a wildlife-filled, shady forest south of Atlanta.

Skidaway Island State Park: hiking the Big Ferry Trail to stunning coastal views near Savannah, GA

Skidaway Island: hiking the Big Ferry Trail near Savannah

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.

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 Trail: hiking the mill ruins and pond loop at Sope Creek Chattahoochee River NRA Park

Sope Creek Trail: hiking the mill ruins and pond loop

Hike the Sope Creek Trail to the ruins of a stacked-stone Civil War-era paper mill on the banks of a rocky creek, and then loop to a serene pond in a scenic Chattahoochee River park in Atlanta.

Cochran Shoals Trail: running at the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta

Cochran Shoals Trail at the Chattahoochee River

Hike, walk, run, or bike the level, scenic trails at Cochran Shoals park, catching stunning views of the Chattahoochee River and exploring scenic woodlands and marshes. It’s one of Atlanta’s all-time most popular trails, and equally great for a Sunday stroll or running a few 5k training loops.

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.

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.

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

Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail

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

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.

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.

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.


Cumberland Island Hiking Guide

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Hiking the Bartram Trail and Chattooga River Trail

Chattooga River: hiking the Bartram Trail from Russell Bridge to Adeline Ford

Hike a 5.5 mile round trip on the Bartram Trail and Chattooga River Trail, following the wide, wild, scenic river downstream from Russell Bridge to Adeline Ford.

Ocmulgee National Monument: Hiking Indian Mounds Near Macon

Ocmulgee National Monument: hiking the Indian Mounds Trail in Macon, GA

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

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.

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.

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.

Fort Yargo State Park Hiking & Running the Lake Loop Trail

Fort Yargo State Park: running and hiking the Lake Loop Trail

Hike or run the southern half of Fort Yargo’s inner Lake Loop Trail, catching nearly-continuous lake views and beautiful sunsets at Fort Yargo State Park near Athens, GA.

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.

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.


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.


Yellow River Trail: hiking Yellow River Park

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.

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.


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

Hike the Island Ford Trail to scenic views on the Chattahoochee River, exploring a wildlife-filled forest and several caves near Roswell, Georgia.


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.


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.