Hike the Appalachian Trail in Georgia on these beginner-friendly hikes under six miles

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. All 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.

Options abound for a long-distance day hike or multi-day backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. But some of our state’s shorter-length AT hikes score some incredible views that rival the best long-distance treks and make a great introduction to the trail. We’ve rounded up our favorite under-six-mile segments of the AT in Georgia, including a few fantastic two-milers that are relatively beginner-friendly.

Great Georgia Hikes on the Appalachian Trail, under 6 miles

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. They’re not easy; the Appalachian Trail rolls elevation over the Appalachian Mountains, hence the name. But these day hikes make a great short-distance workout, and reward the effort with a beautiful waterfall, mountain summit view, or trek through a wildflower-filled forest.

Wherever your adventures take you, please remember, as always, to pack out everything you pack in and to leave no trace to help keep Georgia beautiful.

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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.
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