Georgia’s 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.

The 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: each one we’ve had the pleasure of exploring has been well worth the visit.

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. #hiking #running #camping #backpacking #atlanta #georgia #travel #outdoors #adventure

Georgia State Parks: our top 10 favorite hikes

Here’s the 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. Looking for a trail near you? Check out our Georgia State Parks map for our favorite parks and trails throughout our state. Or for a complete list of our favorite trail adventures in the parks, see our Georgia State Parks hiking guide. And wherever you choose to explore, please remember to pack out what you pack in and leave no trace to help preserve Georgia’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.

 
Leave No Trace: Atlanta Trails, Asheville Trails and Trailful are official Leave No Trace partners

Please Remember

Always leave no trace, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way, and follow these trail etiquette tips.