Summer is not over yet. Which means there is still plenty of time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Remember, these are those days you yearn for when the cold of winter hits hard. So it’s best that you make the most of the summer days left with a waterfront trail hike in Georgia. We’ve come up with a list of 12 of the greatest waterfront trails in the state, perfect to spend your next day off out-and-about in the sunshine. Take a look:
1. Mary Ross Waterfront Park— 10 F St Brunswick, Georgia 31520
This park has been a focus for Brunswick, Georgia for quite some time, and they turned it into a beautiful place right on the water. Walk the trails along the river for a unique and peaceful experience.
2. Savannah River Street—404 East Bay St., Savannah, GA 31401
One of the most beautiful places in Savannah, this river street trail not only provides a decent walkway to get in exercise, but also plenty of views of the river plus the unique architecture that Savannah has to offer.
3. Georgia Coast Rail-Trail—White Oak, GA 31568
The Georgia Coast Rail-Trail will eventually stretch over 60 miles from Kingsland north to Riceboro. The trail will wind in and out of lush corridors of pine forest, wetlands, and saw grass creating a one-of-a-kind waterfront trail.
4. Chattahoochee Riverwalk—Columbus, GA 31904
The Chattahoochee RiverWalk is a 22-mile walking and biking trail along the Chattahoochee River in Columbus. The trail beautifully skirts the banks of the river, and meanders through the hills creating one epic path.
5. Flint Riverfront Greenway— Front Street, Downtown Albany
This scenic waterfront trail stretches nearly 3 miles through Downtown Albany. It winds through the six-acre park, spread out along the Flint River for some exceptional views of the city and the water.
6. Arabia Mountain Trail—3787 Klondike Rd, Lithonia, GA 30038
This 12.4 mile trail is one heck of a hike. It winds around through the huge rock outcroppings, and around rushing streams and wooded waterfalls. If you want a nice mix of woods and water, then this is the trail for you.
7. Allatoona Pass—Old Allatoona Rd SE, Cartersville, GA 30121
The Allatoona Pass trail follows the original railroad tracks of the Western and Atlantic Railroad. It extends as a scenic stroll along Lake Allatoona in Northwest Georgia. The trail stretches about 3.4 miles, and features some spectacular views of the lake.
8. North Oconee River Greenway— Athens, GA 30601
The North Oconee River Greenway provides 3.75 miles of concrete path leading along the stunning North Oconee River. If you’re interested, there is also the Heritage portion of the trail which features over 50 interpretive panels along the route and provides a unique history of the town.
9. Augusta Canal Trail—1450 Greene Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901
Hikers, bikers, and runners regularly visit the Augusta Canal Trail. It’s the perfect place to experience nature plus the flowing waterway, while also getting in some scenic exercise. There are a variety of trailheads and additional trails to choose from every time.
10. Jekyll Island Trail—Golden Isles, Georgia
Jekyll Island features nearly 25 miles of paved trails all over the island. These beautifully scenic pathways allow for exploration from the pristine beaches to the lush green forests. Choose your own trail and start an adventure through nature.
11. McQueen’s Island Trail—Savannah, GA
The 6-mile McQueen’s Island Trail allows you to breathe in the sweet, salty air all while getting in as much nature and history as you’d like. This trail is built on a stretch of the Savannah & Atlantic Railroad line, which once connected people from all over the country to beautiful Tybee Island.
12. Tallulah Falls Rail-Trail—Tallulah Gorge State Park
The Tallulah Falls Rail-Trail, otherwise known as the Shortline Trail, runs through Tallulah Gorge State Park. You’ll start at the trailhead, near Tallulah Falls Lake then take the 1.7-mile paved trail through the glorious Appalachian forest eventually crossing a small suspension bridge over the Tallulah River. It’s a truly spectacular waterway trail, with some of the best views in the state.