Georgia truly does have some incredible hiking trails. Whether it’s summertime and you’re looking to hike to one of the local waterfalls, or it’s autumn and you’re aiming to get up high to watch the leaves change color, we have the right trails for you. Here are 15 that will lead to the most unforgettable places in the state:
1. Panther Creek Falls Trail
At around 7 miles of trail, Panther Creek is one of the best Georgia has to offer. You can hike the banks of the waterfalls, and even camp along the way to make it a weekend experience.
2. Yonah Mountain Trail
This trail has some incredible summit views from Mount Yonah. At around 4.4 miles in total, you’ll get a quick paced workout through the lower elevations.
3. Arkaquah Trail—Brasstown Bald to Track Rock Gap
This is one of the top views in the state. Hiking the Arkaquah Trail allows you not only to take in Brasstown Bald sights, but also the steep descent into Track Rock Gap. Make sure you check out the archaeological site with ancient petroglyph carvings.
4. Raven Cliff Falls Trail
This trail is 4.9 miles through the Chattahoochee National Forest, and winds up at one of Georgia’s most unique waterfalls. It’s here at Raven Cliff Falls that you can see the cascade of over 400 feet off the high cliffs above, plus all the lower waterfalls throughout.
5. Cloudland Canyon West Rim Trail
If you can try to hike this 4.9-mile trail in the fall, do it. Hiking the western rim of Cloudland Canyon will give you such incredible views of the tree tops from the surrounding mountains, you’ll be mesmerized.
6. Amicalola Falls Trail
Hiking the 2.1 miles through Amicalola Falls State Park allows you to not only get a great workout up and down the mountainside, but also you’ll be able to see the towering Amicalola Falls up close. Take the stairs and see just what we mean.
7. Edmonds Backcountry Trail—Black Rock Mountain State Park
This hike may be a wee bit difficult for some. Black Rock Mountain State Park is the state’s highest elevation state park, so it’s not for the faint of heart. However, hiking the loop will allow for some insane views, especially at sunset.
8. Appalachian Trail—Blood Mountain
Maybe you can’t hike the entire Appalachian Trail, but you can hike certain parts of it. Blood Mountain may be one of the most popular hikes through Georgia, simply because the summit views can’t get any better.
9. Emery Creek Falls Trail
This trail is 6 miles out-and-back, and it’s very secluded compared to many other trails. You’re able to traipse through the lush, green forest, and end up at a stunning, remote waterfall.
10. Bartram Trail to Rabun Bald
If you’re looking for an intense workout, then this is the trail for you. Hiking to Georgia’s second highest peak is a hard feat, however when you make it to the top at Rabun Bald, you’ll have insane 360-degree views of the best North Georgia has to offer.
11. Arabia Mountain Trails
It’s a 5-mile adventure just waiting to be had, and you’ll never believe it’s only 30 minutes from Midtown Atlanta. At Arabia Mountain, you’ll hike through exposed granite mountaintops to sensational summit views.
12. Tallulah Gorge Trails
Everyone loves visiting Tallulah Gorge, especially the action-packed Hurricane Falls Trail. The trail travels around the gorge rim, descends to the floor, and eventually crosses over the popular suspension bridge.
13. Jacks River Falls
If hiking to one of Georgia’s most beautiful waterfalls isn’t on your summer to-do list, then it should be added ASAP. You can trek through the dense forest, against the rocky stream, and then wind up at Jacks River Falls, with beautiful pools of blue and green waiting to be cooled off in.
14. Sawnee Mountain Trail to Indian Seats
This trail ascends up through the enchanting Sawnee Mountain, to overlook the plains below. It’s a brisk 4-miler, and captures some of the most beautiful parts of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
15. Springer Mountain Loop Trail
When you hear the word loop, you may think it’s a quick jaunt through the woods, but Springer Mountain Loop Trail clocks in at almost 5 miles. At the top, you’ll be able to see for miles, and appreciate the southernmost end of the Appalachian Trail.