Hiking near Blue Ridge

Hike these top trails near Blue Ridge, Georgia to waterfalls and mountain ridges. Don’t miss hiking the nearby Springer Mountain, the southern end of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, or the beautiful creek valleys at Bear Creek, Jacks River and Emery Creek.

 
Jacks River Trail: waterfall hike in Georgia's beautiful, lush Cohutta Wilderness

Jacks River Trail

Hike the Jacks River Trail in North Georgia’s lush, remote Cohutta Wilderness, trekking and wading from Dally Gap to a series of beautiful waterfalls on a crystal-clear river.

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Hike the Grassy Mountain Tower Trail from Lake Conasauga in Georgia's Cohutta Wilderness

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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Hike the Appalachian Trail to Springer Mountain from the lush Three Forks valley

Appalachian Trail: hiking Three Forks to 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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Emery Creek Falls: hiking to double North Georgia waterfalls on the Emery Creek Trail

Emery Creek Falls: hiking the Emery Creek Trail

Hike the Emery Creek Trail, a splashy Georgia summertime adventure, to the gorgeous and secluded Emery Creek Falls near Blue Ridge.

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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.

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Springer Mountain Loop: hiking the Appalachian Trail and Benton MacKaye Trail in Georgia

Springer Mountain Loop: hiking the Appalachian Trail & Benton MacKaye Trail

Hike the Appalachian Trail and Benton MacKaye Trail on the Springer Mountain Loop, exploring multiple view-packed overlooks and a beautiful stream-filled valley.

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Jacks River Falls: Hiking the Beech Bottom Trail in the Cohutta Wilderness

Jacks River Falls on the Beech Bottom Trail

Explore Jacks River Falls, a stunning, roaring, rocky waterfall in Georgia’s Cohutta Wilderness, hiking the Beech Bottom Trail & Jacks River Trail.

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AT Approach Trail: hiking Amicalola Falls to the start of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain

AT Approach Trail: hiking Amicalola Falls to Springer Mountain

Hike the Appalachian Approach Trail from Amicalola Falls to Springer Mountain, the beginning of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.

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Hike Inn Trail: Amicalola Falls to Georgia's Len Foote Hike Inn

Hike Inn Trail: Amicalola Falls to the Len Foote Hike Inn

Catch stunning views on the Hike Inn Trail, a 10-mile roundtrip from Amicalola Falls to the eco-friendly Len Foote Hike Inn near Springer Mountain.

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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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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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Springer Mountain: hiking, backpacking & Appalachian Trail guide

Hike to beautiful Springer Mountain summit views from multiple trailheads on these popular Springer hiking and backpacking trails.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hike the Appalachian Trail from Hightower Gap to Cooper Gap

Appalachian Trail: Hightower Gap to Cooper Gap

Hike this 7 mile day hike on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, rolling elevation from Hightower Gap to Horse Gap, over Sassafrass Mountain and down to Cooper Gap.

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Hike the upper Conasauga River Trail in Georgia's Cohutta Wilderness

Conasauga River Trail: hiking southbound through the Cohutta Wilderness

Hike a difficult 12 mile adventure on the Conasauga River Trail, following and fording the Conasauga River from its northern trailhead. It’s a wet, river-filled adventure in the remote, beautiful Cohutta Wilderness.

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Hike the Conasauga River Trail (southern half) from Betty Gap

Lower Conasauga River Trail: hiking the Cohutta Wilderness from Betty Gap

Hike 13 roundtrip miles on the Conasauga River Trail’s southern half in Georgia’s remote, lush Cohutta Wilderness. The Conasauga River Trail splashes through 36 river fords (& many creek crossings) from Betty Gap to Bray Field, Little Rough Creek and back.

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Appalachian Trail: Three Forks to the Hawk Mountain Shelter in Georgia

Appalachian Trail: Three Forks to the Hawk Mountain Shelter

Hike the Appalachian Trail from the stream-filled Three Forks valley to Long Creek Falls, the Hawk Mountain Shelter and a centuries-old, weathered cemetery.

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Bear Creek Hiking Trail: Valley to Summit

Hike this moderate, 5.7 mile Bear Creek Trail out-and-back, climbing from the lush Bear Creek valley to a nearby summit near Ellijay.

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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.

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Gahuti Trail at Fort Mountain State Park

Hike the 8.2-mile Gahuti Trail loop at Fort Mountain State Park near Chatsworth, exploring gorgeous overlook vistas, the cascades of a remote waterfall and backcountry campsites.

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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.

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