Hike the two mile Desoto Falls Trail near Helen to a pair of waterfalls where, legend holds, a piece of armor was found from DeSoto’s expedition in the mid-1500s.
Hike the Warwoman Dell Trail and Bartram Trail through beautiful forest to a trio of stunning waterfalls near Clayton, GA, including Becky Branch Falls.
Our seven favorite trails that offer the best of hiking for beginners. These hikes grow in length and difficulty as you progress through the list, offering a plan for new hikers and those seeking to introduce their kids to a new outdoor adventure.
Hike through beautifully sculpted rock formations at Rocktown, one of Georgia’s most popular bouldering destinations, on the summit of Pigeon Mountain.
Hike the Benton MacKaye Trail a short half mile, roundtrip, exploring the cascading Fall Branch Falls waterfall and a shady, mossy forest near Blue Ridge.
Hike the ultra-scenic boardwalk trails at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park in Augusta, exploring a wildlife-filled marshland draped in Spanish moss near the banks of the Savannah River.
Hike, walk or run the Johnson Ferry Trail, exploring the Chattahoochee River’s banks in metro Atlanta. This great beginner-friendly trail catches beautiful river views, visits a small waterfall and large cave outcropping, and explores a marshy, wildflower-filled wetland.
Hike the Wormsloe Historic Site near Savannah, following the Battery Trail to Oak Avenue’s 400 moss-draped oak trees, historic tabby ruins, beautiful coastal views, and the site of a Civil War fort.
Hike a one-mile trail at Sope Creek Park near Marietta, exploring Civil-War-era paper mill ruins near the shore of a rocky, tumbling Chattahoochee River tributary creek.
Run, bike or walk the Towpath Trail on the banks of the Augusta Canal and Savannah River, following a broad, level trail to historic sites and beautiful views. The trail is a great spot for a scenic, easy, distraction-free run, a great bike ride or a relaxing sunrise stroll near downtown Augusta.