Georgia Appalachian Trail: great Georgia hikes under 6 miles

Hike these classic Georgia Appalachian Trail hikes to stunning summit views, a gorgeous waterfall and through beautiful North Georgia forest. And under six miles, they’re a great intro to Georgia's stretch of the epic-length AT.

The Appalachian Trail travels an epic, long-distance journey to Maine, stretching over 75 miles from Springer Mountain through the North Georgia wilderness. Throughout its Georgia stretch, the AT explores some of the state’s most beautiful mountain summits, forests and shady creek valleys, and it traces a well-loved and well-traveled trail marked by iconic white trail blazes.

While options abound for long-distance AT day hikes and multi-day adventures in Georgia, every hiker doesn’t have the time – or ability – to explore long stretches of the trail. We’ve rounded up our favorite under-six-mile segments of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, including a few fantastic two-milers.

Great Georgia Hikes on the Appalachian Trail, under 6 miles

As always, remember to leave no trace on your hike to help keep Georgia beautiful.

Our favorite Georgia Appalachian Trail hikes under six miles

Explore the AT on these seven beautiful day hikes in North Georgia. They’re relatively short in length, but pack a ton of North Georgia scenic beauty into a short stretch. While they’re not easy (the Appalachian Trail rolls elevation over Georgia’s Appalachian Mountains, hence the name), these day hikes reward the effort with a beautiful waterfall, mountain summit view, or trek through a wildflower-filled forest.

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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 and Asheville Trails, online magazines that cover the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.