Georgia’s northernmost mountains offer some seriously crave-worthy adventures.

But sometimes a long drive from Atlanta to the trailhead just doesn’t fit with our busy schedule. When the mountains call, but an all-day adventure doesn’t fit with our weekend plans, we love to hit the beautiful forests surrounding Allatoona Lake for a generous dose of outdoor beauty and adventure, without the long drive.

Lake Allatoona: our favorite biking, trail running and hiking trails

Over 25,000 acres of public recreational lands surround Allatoona Lake. Miles of hiking trails wind through beautiful forests, meander along the lake’s shoreline and climb to stunning elevated views on rocky outcrops. Many of the day-use parks around the lake’s shore feature picnic pavilions, grills, playgrounds and swimming beaches perfect for a full day in the outdoors. And, while the lake is a short 40-mile drive from metro ATL, multiple campgrounds nestled along the lakeshore offer the perfect home base for multi-day adventures.

Allatoona also offers ample on-water adventures. The lake’s 270 miles of shoreline and 12,000+ acres of water make it an ultra-popular destination for swimming, fishing, boating and kayaking near Atlanta. Marinas located around the lake offer boat rentals – and kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards can be launched from the lake’s many boat landings and parks.

Lake Allatoona: our favorite hiking trails

Find your next adventure on one of our favorite hiking trails near Allatoona, or search our Georgia trail map to find more nearby adventures: