As summer’s oppressive heat and humidity retreat and a crispness fills the air, we enter one of the most magical seasons in the South. Autumn brings brilliant blue skies, crisp mornings, chilly breezes, and a dazzling display of vibrant, autumn-hued leaves. Fall’s perfect hiking temperatures beg us to grab a jacket and head out to find some fantastic fall scenery on the trail.

While many of our all-time favorite fall adventures find us chasing waterfalls and view-packed mountain summits in North Georgia, not every autumn weekend allows enough time for an epic road trip. These hikes score some serious seasonal beauty and leaf color in the metro Atlanta area, without a long drive to the mountains.

Follow our favorite fall hikes in metro Atlanta to find autumn's beauty on scenic mountain summits, reflecting on glassy lakes, and in vibrant, leafy forests. #hiking #atlanta #georgia #travel #outdoors #adventure

Fall hikes near Atlanta: our top 10 favorite trails

These are our favorite fall hikes in the metro Atlanta area. Follow these trails to some spectacular views of the changing leaf color and the beauty of the autumn season:

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