Georgia April 16, 2016
10 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In Georgia Should Take
Hiking is such a popular outdoor activity in Georgia. There are so many different trails that you can hike, and explore throughout the state that it’s hard to choose the right one. From the easier hikes that fall under two miles, to the more advanced hikes which can start at six miles and lead to overnight camping, we’ve found the more moderate hikes in Georgia that fall just under 5 miles. Take a look at what we’ve found:
1. Dowdell's Knob Loop: Pine Mountain Trail at FD Roosevelt State Park
Loop: 4.5 miles—FD Roosevelt State Park has huge, sprawling green terrain and some of the best hiking and backpacking trails for all of the outdoor enthusiasts. The Pine Mountain Trail offers nearly 23 miles in total of hiking through summit views, rocky forest and cascading waterfalls.
2. Three Forks at Long Creek Falls
Trail 1.9 miles—Along the Appalachian Trail, you can hike among the large, looming hemlock trees and peruse the beautiful blooming rhododendron, just miles from the start of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain.
3. Raven Cliff Falls
Trail: 4.9 Miles—Located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, the Raven Cliff Falls trail is packed with glorious, flowing waterfalls and beautiful, mossy greenery. It comes in at just under 5 miles in total, but is totally worth the length it takes to hike it.
4. Dukes Creek Falls
Trail: 2 Miles—What makes Dukes Creek Falls Trail so popular, (besides the fact that it is both child and dog friendly,) is that you can also hike to multiple waterfalls throughout your journey.Take a trip to Helen, Georgia and spend a few hours traipsing through a lush, green forest.
5. Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve, Mountain View Trail
Loop: 2.5—This is a relatively new trail, just under two-years-old. It starts along granite and ends up crossing around a small lake. There also is a summit, where you can see only tree tops and blue skies. Also, make sure to keep an eye out for some beautiful wildflowers in bloom.
6. Cloudland Canyon West Rim Loop
Trail: 4.9 miles—Voted as one of the best hikes in the entire state, the West Rim Loop in Cloudland Canyon brings some pretty epic views, not to mention stunning waterfalls and steep elevations.
7. Tesnatee Gap to Cowrock Mountain
Trail: 2.25 miles—This out-and-back day hike boasts some really killer views from the top of the summit. With such a short distance to travel, the Tesnatee Gap trail to Cowrock Mountain is easily accessible, (and not to mention visually stunning throughout.)
8. Sweetwater Creek State Park, Yellow Trail
Loop: 3 mile—Many Georgians have visited the Sweetwater Creek State Park, but few understand that the Yellow Trail is the trail to take. Not only can you ascend the ridge of oak and pine trees, but you will also pass through the creek, which rushes over the natural rock damn.
9. Constitution Lakes Park, Doll's Head Trail
Loop: 2.25 miles—This urban hike recently added a trail in order to make it a loop. What makes this hike so unusual is that it was created by volunteers who picked up trash that washed up in the riverbeds of South River. They took the trash and turned it into unique trail art throughout the hike.
10. Tallulah Gorge, Hurricane Falls Loop
Loop: 2.25 miles—One of Georgia's most stunning and popular hiking destinations, Tallulah Gorge State Park brings visitors and residents alike to view the natural landscape and carved out waterfalls. The turbulent flow of the Tallulah River stretches more than two miles long and is more than 1,000 feet deep. It's a one-of-a-kind hike that you will never forget.
What do you think about these hikes? Have any of them made your summer bucket list? Let us know which ones are you favorite!