The scenery in Georgia is about to get a whole lot sweeter. Once autumn hits and the leaves start to change into wildly beautiful colors, you’ll want a prime spot to see all the flora in full swing. This can only mean one thing—some stellar scenic hiking. Georgia is filled with hiking trails of all levels of difficulty, which pay off big time with some scenic views you’ll never forget. Check out these 10 scenic mountain hikes in Georgia, which surely will leave you speechless.
1. Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve—2.5-mile loop
Climbing to the top of this monadnock is a popular hobby for most, despite the fact that the trail itself is only two years old. With views like this, I'm sure you can understand why so many people jump on the chance to hike this rock outcrop. You can get to the trail head at 4158 Klondike Road, Lithonia, GA 30038.
2. Mount Yonah Trail—3.7-miles in and out
This trail located near Cleveland, Georgia has some pretty sensational scenic views. The good news is, this trail is accessible year-round for hiking, biking, or even climbing. So that means once those leaves start to turn, you better high tail it to Cleveland for some intense hiking.
3. Providence Canyon State Park: Backcountry Trail—7-mile loop
Ahh, Georgia's Little Grand Canyon. It's part of the natural wonders list for Georgia, as I'm sure you can see why. We recommend the scenic hike, plus overnight camping where you'll catch some of the most beautiful starry nights around. You can get to Providence Canyon by heading here Canyon Rd, Lumpkin, GA 31815.
4. Fort Mountain State Park: Cool Springs Overlook—1.6 mile loop
First and foremost you can get to the state park here: 181 Fort Mountain State Park Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705. When you do, tell them Only In Your State sent you. Just kidding! But do enjoy hiking through some impressive sights, like the Stone Tower and the mountaintop overlook.
5. Blood Mountain Loop Trail—5.9-mile loop
Located in Blairesville, Georgia, Blood Mountain brings people from all over the world to check out some phenomenal views fro the top. It's about a 1.5 hour jaunt from Atlanta to the trailhead, and it does boast some pretty moderate hiking, but once you get to the top you'll see why all those steep switchbacks were worth it.
6. Cloudland Canyon State Park: West Rim Loop Trail—4.8 -loop
There are a few trails in Cloudland Canyon State Park, but this once may be one of the best. Why? Because it follows the rim of the deep gorge on the western side of Lookout Mountain, and you'll just get nonstop views at nearly every turn. You can access the state park here: 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd, Rising Fawn, GA 30738.
7. F.D. Roosevelt State Park: Pine Mountain Trail (Dowdell’s Knob Loop)—4.3-mile loop
Dowdell’s Knob Loop was once a fan favorite of FDR back in the day. This would be the spot where he would either walk alone, or entertain guests. You can access the trailhead about a hundred feet from Dowdell’s Knob. Make sure you're ready for those vistas, because you'll reach the highest point of the mountain at nearly 1,400-feet.
8. Bartram Trail: Rabun Bald—4-miles
Did you know that Rabun Bald is the second-highest peak in Georgia? At around 4,696 feet, you'll be able to see for miles once you reach the top. It's a bit tricky of a hike, with steep switchbacks and course, rugged terrain. But the overlook provides 360 degree views of our beautiful state, which really can't be missed.
9. Vogel State Park: Coosa Backcountry Trail—12.5-mile loop
You can reach this little known park at 405 Vogel State Park Rd, Blairsville, GA 30512. But be warned, this hike is not for the faint of heart. Besides the fact it clocks it at nearly 13 miles, it's got some pretty rough terrain and probably shouldn't be tackled for just a day hike. Overnight camping will make this two-day jaunt a more memorable experience.
10. Brasstown Bald Trail—1.2 miles in and out
The Brasstown Bald trail isn't extremely strenuous, but it does provide some sweeping views of the state which cannot be missed. You'll hike from the parking like on a paved trail to the summit, and there you can feast your eyes on everything this beautiful state has to offer. By the way, it is the highest natural point in the state of Georgia, so there's that, too.