There’s no better way to start (or end) the day! Hike these ten great Georgia trails to catch a gorgeous sunrise or sunset from some of Georgia’s most beautiful places.

There’s something magical about watching the first rays of the new day peek over the horizon. Or, equally so, witnessing the last bits of evening glow sink slowly behind the far-flung distant mountains.

No two are ever the same, making them all the more addicting. A chilly sunrise, framed by mountains and bordered by wispy clouds, brilliantly reflects a colorful show, making an early morning dawn hike all the more worthwhile. And catching the day’s last light on a great sunset hike makes for a memorable way to end the day.

We’ve enjoyed great Georgia sunrises and sunsets from mountain tops, sandy beaches and everywhere in between. And they’re usually all fairly spectacular – but these ten hikes top the list of our favorite spots to chase a colorful show. Remember to pack essential hiking gear (check out our hiking gear list for our trail-tested favorites), watch the weather, and remember a flashlight or headlamp to help lead the way. Pre-dawn and pre-dusk hikes can be rewarding, but tricky. And be sure to check each park’s opening and closing times: hours can change, and many lock parking area gates at night.

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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, 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.