Rack up some distance and sleep under the stars on our top twelve backpacking adventures in Georgia, all perfect for an overnight adventure.

Georgia’s remarkable terrain is diverse, and our state is home to many miles of great backpacking and hiking trails. From remote barrier islands and grassy marshes to high, domed mountain summits and deep-carved canyons, Georgia offers a nearly endless bucket list worthy of a great hike. And with long-range trails like the epic-length Appalachian Trail and Bartram Trail winding through our state, Georgia offers a ton of fantastic opportunities for a great long-distance hike. Add in our mild climate that makes for perfect camping weather in all but our hottest months, and you’ve got the makings of a great backpacking adventure.

Backpacking in Georgia: our top 12 favorite trails for an overnight adventure

While we’re fans of great Georgia day hikes to picnic-worthy waterfalls and view-packed urban hiking trails in metro Atlanta, we also love to go deep. Deep into remote stretches of Georgia wilderness, far from cell phone signals and traffic noise. Deep into the wilds of sun-drenched, sandy islands where wild horses roam free. Deep into waterfall-filled valleys, and deep, following the Georgia’s most scenic Appalachian Trail segments to view-packed mountain summits and rhododendron-filled stream valleys.

Our favorite backpacking trips in Georgia

With Georgia’s vast long-distance trail networks, it’s definitely hard to choose just a handful of favorites. Check out our full list of Georgia hikes over six miles for more long-distance trail adventures. And where ever your adventures take you, please remember to leave no trace to help preserve Georgia’s beautiful wilderness areas.

Eric Champlin

Eric Champlin is a writer and photographer who loves to hike, run, backpack, kayak and cycle the southeast. He’s the editor and founder of Atlanta Trails, Asheville Trails, and Trailful, digital magazines that highlight the South’s best outdoor adventures and top Southern-worthy outdoor gear. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.