Georgia Hiking Trails

Georgia State Parks: our top 10 favorite hiking trails

Hike these top 10 trails at our favorite Georgia State Parks, trekking some of the most popular, scenery-packed trails in the state. From canyons to river valleys to moss-draped coastal forest, these hikes explore Georgia's incredibly diverse terrain.

Georgia State Parks offer hundreds of miles of well-marked and well-maintained hiking trails that wind through some of our state’s most beautiful forests, shores, and meadows. From sandy coastal barrier islands to towering waterfalls, and from waterfall-filled canyons to towering mountain summits with see-forever views, the parks offer incredible options for a great outdoor adventure in the Peach State.

Georgia State Parks: our favorite hiking trails and outdoor adventuresAbove: hike Amicalola Falls State Park to the tallest waterfall in Georgia

Georgia State Parks offer a wide variety of hikes for all ages and abilities: trails for beginning hikers, technical trails for experienced backpackers, dog-friendly trails and kid-friendly trails. And the parks’ individuality and diversity are as diverse as Georgia’s landscapes: every one we’ve had the pleasure of exploring has been well worth the visit.

Georgia State Parks: our top 10 favorite hikes

Here’s our list of our all-time favorite trails in the parks. We admit, narrowing the list to a handful was exceptionally difficult! Explore our state’s history, climb to towering, view-packed mountaintops, visit tumbling rivers and whitewater-filled creeks, explore some seriously stunning terrain on these top favorite hiking trails. And wherever you choose to explore, please remember to pack out what you pack in and leave no trace to help preserve our state’s beauty.

Extend your adventure

While each of Georgia’s State Parks is unique, many offer an abundance of options for outdoor family fun, including hiking, backpacking, boating and biking and camping, cabins, and yurts for multi-day adventures. Fort Mountain State Park’s newly renovated lakeside cabins and the charming, retro (and renovated) historic cabins at FD Roosevelt State Park are some of our favorite places to stay for an adventure-filled long weekend or vacation at the parks.

Georgia State Parks Annual Passes

While the $5 day-use parking fees at the parks are well worth the small fee (five dollars for an all-day adventure can’t be beat!), you’ll grab an even better value with the annual park pass if you plan to visit often. Planning to knock off our top ten favorite hikes in the next year? Grab unlimited, year-round adventure with a $50 annual pass that allows fee-free parking for a full year.

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