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Nestled in a scenic section of the Chattahoochee National Forest, Unicoi State Park offers more than 1,000 acres of prime outdoor recreation. Explore historic vestiges from Georgia’s gold mining days on the Smith Creek Trail and visit the stunning cascades of Anna Ruby Falls. Hike along the quiet shoreline of Unicoi Lake to beautiful views of the park’s mountain-framed lake. Rent kayaks, canoes, or paddle boards for fun and adventure on the water. Take a thrilling canopy tour by zip line or explore remote sections of the park by mountain bike. Or relax in one of the park’s newly renovated cabin, or enjoy a night under the stars in the extensive campgrounds.

The surrounding mountains are home to some of our favorite hiking trails, gorgeous waterfalls, and shady creek valleys. Hike to outstanding views from rocky outcrops on the Appalachian Trail at Preachers Rock. Grab unbelievable sunrise views from Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest peak. And visit some of the most beautiful waterfalls near Helen, the nearby alpine town.

Unicoi State Park offers outstanding outdoor adventures in the heart of the North Georgia mountains. Explore miles of hiking and biking trails, paddle the calm waters of Unicoi Lake, zip line through the lush forest canopy, or just relax in one of the park's renovated cabins or beautiful campsites. #hiking #camping #backpacking #northgeorgia #atlanta #georgia #travel #outdoors #adventure

Top hikes at Unicoi State Park

Lace up your boots and hit the trail! This scenic state park is home to some fantastic hiking adventures, including a hike to a nearby double waterfall and along the shores of the park’s placid lake.

Nearby hiking adventures

The mountains surrounding the park are filled with some of the best hiking trails in North Georgia. These are a few of our favorite nearby adventures:

More outdoor adventures in the park

The Adventure Lodge at Unicoi State Park offers plenty of off-trail adventures and activities as well. Zip through the lofty canopy on one of the park’s 19 zip lines to experience tree-top views of the lake and surrounding forest on a fast-paced adrenaline-filled adventure. Or explore the park by mountain bike. The park’s eight-mile, bike-only loop explores rugged mountain terrain, scenic overlooks, beautiful woodlands, and grassy fields.

For on-water fun, Unicoi Lake is the place to be. Unicoi Beach offers a great place to play in the cool water and beat Georgia’s summer heat. And the lake’s 53-acres provides plenty of places to explore by canoe, kayak, and pedal boat, available for rent. One of our favorite water activities is stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). It’s a great way to get in a workout while exploring the lake from a different vantage point. The park offers SUP lessons, equipment rentals, and guided tours of the lake.

Unicoi State Park Cabins

Places to stay at Unicoi State Park

With so much to do and explore, why not stay a night or two? The park offers a variety of accommodations, from comfy cabins to hotel rooms at Unicoi Lodge, and campsites complete with comfort stations and RV hookups.

One of our favorite places to stay at the park is in the renovated barrel cabins. Tucked into the hillside near the lake, the unique cabins feature cool retro-inspired decor, comfy beds and linens, fully equipped kitchens, and spacious bathrooms. Each cabin also features a generously sized deck with through-the-tree views of the glassy lake.

The park’s campsites are a great place to crash for a night – or a week of North Georgia adventure. Primitive walk-in tent and hammock campsites, RV sites with full hookups, and tent camping sites with water and electric are available at the park’s campground.

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Please Remember

Always leave no trace, pack out everything you pack in, and if you see trash, pick it up and pack it out.

Stay on the marked trail, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, and don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way. Please always practice good trail etiquette. And before you go, always check the trailhead kiosk, official maps, and the park or ranger office for notices of changed routes, trail closures, safety information, and restrictions.