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.
Appalachian Trail: Hogpen Gap to Unicoi Gap
Backpack the Appalachian Trail near Helen, hiking from Hogpen Gap to Unicoi Gap, exploring more than fourteen miles of scenic North Georgia forest, visiting the Low Gap and Blue Mountain AT shelters, and exploring the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River.READ MORE
Dicks Creek Falls
Hike the Dicks Creek Falls Trail to an enormous tumbling waterfall on the ultra-scenic banks of the Chattooga River.READ MORE
Hike through beautifully sculpted rock formations at Rocktown, one of Georgia’s most popular bouldering destinations, on the summit of Pigeon Mountain.READ MORE
Unicoi Lake Trail
Hike a scenic two-mile loop on the shores of Unicoi Lake, catching beautiful reflective views in North Georgia’s Unicoi State Park just north of Helen.READ MORE
Chattooga River Trail: hiking the Bartram Trail from Russell Bridge
Hike through a beautifully scenic forest on the banks of a wide, clear-flowing river in Northeast Georgia. This adventure follows the Chattooga River Trail and Bartram Trail from Russell Bridge, explores an old abandoned homestead, and ends at the Chattooga’s ultra-scenic river banks at Adeline Ford.READ MORE
Fall Branch Falls on the Benton MacKaye Trail
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.READ MORE
West Rim Loop Trail at Cloudland Canyon State Park
Hike the West Rim Loop Trail to some seriously epic views at Cloudland Canyon State Park, exploring the canyon’s east and west rims and catching exceptional vistas from a number of lofty overlooks.READ MORE
Sitton’s Gulch Trail at Cloudland Canyon State Park
Hike the Sitton’s Gulch Trail from Cloudland Canyon’s towering rim to the canyon floor, exploring waterfalls, towering hemlock trees, massive boulder fields, and abundant springtime wildflowers.READ MORE
Amicalola Falls Trail
Hike to the top of Amicalola Falls, the tallest waterfall in Georgia, and catch incredible mountain views on the East Ridge Trail and Appalachian Approach Trail loop.READ MORE
Emery Creek Falls Trail
Hike through a lush forest, fording creeks on this splashy North Georgia adventure, to the gorgeous and secluded double waterfalls of Emery Creek Falls.READ MORE