Hiking near Helen

Helen, Georgia is a lot more than beer and German food – it’s also central to Georgia’s best hiking trails! hike the Appalachian Trail at nearby Unicoi Gap to Tray Mountain, or explore the beautiful Dukes Creek Falls and Raven Cliff Falls just north of Helen. Or, catch a great hike on any of our favorite Helen – area trails below.

 
Blood Mountain: hiking the Appalachian Trail in North Georgia

Blood Mountain: hiking the Appalachian Trail from Neels Gap

Hike to the Blood Mountain summit on the Byron Reece Trail and Appalachian Trail, catching stunning views from the AT’s highest summit in Georgia.

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Hike the High Shoals Falls Trail to two stunning waterfalls near Helen, Georgia

High Shoals Falls Trail and Blue Hole Falls

Hike to High Shoals Falls and Blue Hole Falls, two stunning waterfalls set in a lush, green forest near Helen, Georgia.

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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.

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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!

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Blood Mountain loop: hiking the Appalachian Trail and Freeman Trail in Georgia

Blood Mountain loop: hiking the Appalachian Trail & Freeman Trail

Hike a six mile loop to Georgia’s highest Appalachian Trail summit, climbing the AT and Byron Reece Trails to beautiful views at the Blood Mountain summit before looping back through a fern-filled forest on the Freeman Trail.

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Yonah Mountain Trail

Hike the Yonah Mountain Trail through a rocky, wildflower-filled forest, climbing this iconic mountain to exceptional summit views and great backpacking campsites near Helen, Georgia.

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Arkaquah Trail: hiking Brasstown Bald to Track Rock Gap

Arkaquah Trail: hiking Brasstown Bald to Track Rock Gap

Hike the Arkaquah Trail from Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest summit, and descend to Track Rock Gap to view ancient Native American petroglyphs on this difficult 11-mile round trip hike.

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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.

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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.

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Raven Cliff Falls Trail: top waterfall hikes in North Georgia

Raven Cliff Falls Trail

Hike the Raven Cliff Falls Trail 4.9 miles through a waterfall-filled valley to one of Georgia’s most popular and beautiful waterfalls, Raven Cliff Falls.

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Hike the Appalachian Trail in Georgia from Unicoi Gap to Rocky Mountain and Tray Mountain

Tray Mountain: hiking the Appalachian Trail from Unicoi Gap

Hike to Tray Mountain from Unicoi Gap on the Appalachian Trail, climbing to summit views at Rocky Mountain dipping and through a lush forest filled with wildflowers and mountain laurel.

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Hike the Appalachian Trail from Unicoi Gap to the Chattahoochee River's headwaters at Chattahoochee Gap

Chattahoochee Gap: hiking the Appalachian Trail from Unicoi Gap

Hike to Chattahoochee Gap on the Appalachian Trail from Unicoi Gap, visiting the North Georgia headwaters of the Chattahoochee River and the Blue Mountain AT shelter.

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Unicoi Gap to Indian Grave Gap: Hiking the Appalachian Trail & Rocky Mountain Trail

Hike a challenging day hike on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, climbing from Unicoi Gap to Rocky Mountain, dropping into the wildflower-filled Indian Grave Gap and looping back to the trailhead on the Rocky Mountain Trail.

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Tray Mountain: hiking the Appalachian Trail from Indian Grave Gap in Georgia

Tray Mountain: hiking the Appalachian Trail from Indian Grave Gap

Hike to stunning views from Tray Mountain on this classic Georgia stretch of the Appalachian Trail,hiking from Indian Grave Gap through a lush, mossy forest filled with rhododendron.

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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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Tesnatee Gap: hiking the Appalachian Trail to stunning Cowrock Mountain summit views in North Georgia

Appalachian Trail: hiking Tesnatee Gap to Cowrock Mountain

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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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.

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Vogel State Park to Blood Mountain on the Coosa Backcountry Trail

Hike the Coosa Backcountry Trail and the Duncan Ridge Trail at Georgia’s Vogel State Park, climbing to beautiful vistas on the Blood Mountain summit.

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