North Georgia Mountain Hikes
There’s nowhere quite like the mountains of North Georgia.
The rolling southern Blue Ridge Range of the Appalachians is like no other: it’s home to view-packed summits, mossy creek valleys, deep-cut canyons and gorges, and mile after mile of prime hiking trails.
Here are some of our favorite adventures in the North Georgia mountains, from hikes on the epic-length Appalachian Trail to splashy summertime adventures on the river trails in the remote Cohutta Wilderness. And for even more great adventures in the northern stretches of the Peach State, check out our bucket list of our all-time favorite North Georgia hikes and our top North Georgia waterfall hikes.
Smith Creek Trail to Anna Ruby Falls
Hike a scenic back route to Anna Ruby Falls, hiking the Smith Creek Trail from Unicoi State Park and following a historic gold mining ditch to Anna Ruby’s stunning double cascades.READ MORE
Preachers Rock on the Appalachian Trail
Hike to the view-packed summit of Preachers Rock on the Appalachian Trail, climbing from beautiful trailhead views at North Georgia’s Woody Gap.READ MORE
Georgia Appalachian Trail: great Georgia hikes under 6 miles
Hike these classic Georgia Appalachian Trail hikes to stunning summit views, a gorgeous waterfall and through beautiful North Georgia forest. All under six miles, they’re a great intro to Georgia’s stretch of the epic-length AT.READ MORE
Gahuti Trail at Fort Mountain State Park
Hike the Gahuti Trail at Fort Mountain State Park near Chatsworth, exploring gorgeous overlook vistas, the cascades of a remote waterfall and backcountry campsites.READ MORE
Fort Mountain Lake Trail: hiking the lake loop at Fort Mountain State Park
Hike the kid-friendly, 1.2 mile scenic Lake Trail loop at Fort Mountain State Park, exploring a shady forest and beautiful views from the lake’s shore.READ MORE
Smithgall Woods State Park: our favorite hikes
Explore beautiful forest, tumbling waterfalls, gold mines, and the rocky, scenic creek bed of Dukes Creek at Smithgall Woods State Park near Helen. Follow our favorite hikes at the park: the Martin’s Mine Trail, Cathy Ellis Waterfall Trail, Ash Creek Trail and the Smithgall Wetland Loop.READ MORE
Arkaquah Trail: hiking Brasstown Bald to Track Rock Gap
Hike the Arkaquah Trail from Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest summit, and descend to Track Rock Gap to view ancient Native American petroglyphs on this difficult 11-mile round trip hike.READ MORE
Conasauga River Trail: hiking southbound through the Cohutta Wilderness
Hike a difficult 12-mile adventure on the Conasauga River Trail, following and fording a tumbling river from this trail’s northern trailhead. It’s a wet, river-filled adventure in Georgia’s remote, beautiful Cohutta Wilderness.READ MORE
Fort Mountain Trail: hiking to the stone wall, overlook & tower at Fort Mountain State Park
Hike to a mysterious stone wall, a historic fire lookout tower, and incredible overlook views at Georgia’s Fort Mountain State Park.READ MORE
Black Rock Mountain State Park: Tennessee Rock Trail
Hike Black Rock Mountain State Park in North Georgia to stunning mountain views on the Tennessee Rock Trail, climbing through a beautiful wildflower-filled forest.READ MORE