Top hiking trails near Ellijay
Find a great hike near Ellijay, Georgia! Our favorite trails explore lush creek valleys and view-packed mountaintops near this North Georgia mountain town.
From the mossy, sun-dappled Bear Creek valley, to the tumbling cascades of Amicalola Falls, there’s a whole lot of outdoor adventure to be found in Ellijay. Hike the Appalachian Approach Trail to Springer Mountain, the southernmost end of the epic-length Appalachian Trail. Explore the lush creek valley at Three Forks, one of North Georgia’s best car camping destinations. Hike to stunning lake views at the nearby Carters Lake. Or chase waterfalls in remote stretches of the Cohutta Wilderness, the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River.
Wherever your adventures take you, Ellijay’s surrounding outdoor beauty is guaranteed to leave you breathless.
Conasauga River Trail: hiking the Cohutta Wilderness from Betty Gap
Hike the Conasauga River Trail’s southern half in the lush, remote Cohutta Wilderness in North Georgia. This outstanding (but difficult) hike splashes through 36 river fords (and many creek crossings) from Betty Gap to Bray Field and back.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
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
Bear Creek Trail
Hike the Bear Creek Trail through a beautiful, mossy, fern-filled creek valley to the Gennett Poplar, the second largest living tree in Georgia.READ MORE
Toccoa River Swinging Bridge: hiking the Benton MacKaye Trail
Hike the Benton MacKaye Trail near Blue Ridge, Georgia to a long suspension bridge over the Toccoa River, and a small waterfall on the opposite bank.READ MORE
Springer Mountain Loop: hiking the Appalachian Trail & Benton MacKaye Trail
Hike the Springer Mountain Loop, following the Appalachian Trail and Benton MacKaye Trail to explore multiple view-packed overlooks and a beautiful stream-filled valley.READ MORE
Springer Mountain: hiking the Appalachian Trail
Hike the Appalachian Trail to Springer Mountain on this two mile adventure, visiting the southernmost blaze of the AT in Georgia and catching gorgeous summit views.READ MORE
AT Approach Trail: hiking Amicalola Falls to Springer Mountain
Hike the Appalachian Approach Trail from Amicalola Falls to Springer Mountain, the southernmost end of the AT in Georgia.READ MORE
Grassy Mountain Tower Trail at Lake Conasauga
Hike to gorgeous views of Fort Mountain and the Cohutta Wilderness from the historic Grassy Mountain fire tower, climbing from the shores of Lake Conasauga, a small, glassy mountaintop lake.READ MORE