Hike the Arabia Mountain Cascade Trail to small cascading waterfalls before looping the Wilburn Farm Trail to an old barn, farmhouse ruins, and a small reflective pond.

georgia hiking trails: 2-4 miles 3.25 miles
(round trip)
? Your mileage may vary! Accuracy of your GPS device, weather conditions, and stops along your route will affect your own recorded distance.
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moderate
?Our difficulty estimate, based on distance, terrain, elevation change, & ease of wayfinding. May vary daily due to weather, trail reroutes, downed trees, etc.
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?Leashed dogs are allowed on this trail. We’ve loved hiking this route with our trail-loving Labrador Retrievers! Check out more of our favorite dog-friendly trails in Georgia for a great hike with your pup.

LOCATION:Arabia Mountain near Atlanta, Georgia

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RATED: 4/5 (2 reviews)

Arabia Mountian is one of our favorite hiking destinations in metro Atlanta, thanks to its incredible network of more than thirty miles of trails. And while the ultra-popular hike to panoramic views on the Arabia Mountain summit is certainly fantastic, the park offers a ton of other fantastic options for exploration and adventure near the city. With glassy lakes and grassy fields and tumbling creek-filled forests, the park delivers a whole lot of beauty to explore on its vast trail network.

This hike combines two trails, the Cascade Trail and Wilburn Farm Trail, to deliver an experience entirely different from the nearby mountaintop. The adventure follows a figure-eight loop, hiking to a stream that spills in shallow waterfalls over open stretches of rolling granite on the Cascade Trail. And then the hike follows the Wilburn Farm Trail treks to a farmstead with an old barn, rope swing, the remains of a farmhouse, and the grassy, shady shores of a pond home to fish and croaking amphibians. It’s a fantastic hike, mixing natural beauty with history and a chance to spot some wildlife on the trail.

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Cascade and Wilburn Farm Trails: the hike

The adventure begins at the Arabia Mountain Evans Mill Road trailhead (view maps and driving directions). The hike briefly follows a paved path eastbound before turning right, darting into the shady forest on the unpaved Cascade Trail. The sound of rushing water grows louder as the trail meanders through the forest, reaching the rushing cascades of Pole Bridge Creek at a quarter mile.

The trail follows the meandering creek, catching downstream vistas of its continuously tumbling water and broad expanses of water-carved rock.

Arabia Mountain Cascade and Wilburn Farm Trail

The trail arcs westbound, departing the creek’s shore and climbing elevation through a rocky, grassy forest. Occasional smooth, bald rock outcrops punctuate the coniferous forest on both sides of the trail.

The route crosses a paved trail at .75 mile, beginning to follow the Wilburn Farm Trail on the path’s opposite side. The trail continues its ascent, switching back as it climbs through a rocky forest. The hike veers right at 1.2 miles, trekking through a cleared, grassy meadow to approach the remains of the Wilburn Farm.

The hike arcs to the west and then veers southbound toward the farmstead’s historic barn. The hike reaches the barn and nearby ruins of a farmhouse at just over 1.5 miles.

Departing the farmstead, the trail continues its southbound journey, reaching the banks of a small, grassy pond at 1.75 miles. Vibrant green grasses line the shore, and the trees on the opposite bank reflect in the pond’s surface. Insects buzz and dart over the pond’s glassy waters, and in warm-weather months, frogs croak and chirp, filling the sun-dappled air with song.

Arabia Mountain Cascade and Wilburn Farm Trail

The trail makes a gentle climb after departing the pond, hiking southbound through a series of meanders and wide switchbacks. The trail crests at 2.1 miles and then begins a winding descent, reaching a trail junction at 2.3 miles. At the junction, the hike turns right, hiking westbound on the Boomerang Trail to a paved PATH Foundation trail at 2.45 miles. The hike turns right on the paved trail, following the paved trail northwest, to reach the trailhead and completing the adventure at 3.25 miles.



More hiking adventures at Arabia Mountain

Finished this hike, and have energy and daylight left to burn? Check out the nearby Arabia Mountain Top Trail for stunning, sweeping summit views, and catch reflections of the mountain on the Arabia Mountain View Trail from a nearby, glassy lake.


Arabia Mountain Cascade Trail & Wilburn Farm Trail Map, Directions & Details

Trails and routes may change – so please refer to official trail maps for the latest route.

Trail Rating

RATED: 4/5 (2 reviews)

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Driving Directions



Parking

Free parking is available at Evans Mill trailhead in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area.


GPS Coordinates

33.668600, -84.149867     //     N33 40.116 W84 08.992

Elevation Profile

Arabia Mountain Cascade Trail & Wilburn Farm Trail Elevation Profile
 
 
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Eric Champlin
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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.