There are many beautiful places to hike in the United States, but Georgia takes the cake. When you see these 19 amazing spots, you’ll have to agree. So what are you waiting for? Take a trip through nature at any (or all) of these spots.
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19. Unicoi State Park
This park is located north of Helen, Georgia and is enjoyable year round. The park doubles as a lodge, and hikers can experience one of their 5 trails. In the spring and summer there are colorful blooms and in the autumn, the reds, oranges, and yellows let hikers enjoy a scenic route.
18. Tallulah Gorge State Park
This park is next to Tallulah Falls and is located along the county lines of Rabun and Habersham county. This park is excellent for hiking, giving alternatives to both novice and more experienced hikers.
17. Sweetwater Creek State Park
Just 15 miles from downtown, Georgia, Sweetwater Creek Park is great for first time hikers. It runs along the historic New Manchester mill.
16. Sope Creek
Originally known as Soap Creek in the 19th century, this 11.6 mile long stream is located in Cobb County, Georgia. Visitors can hike and run alongside a peaceful running creek. Some visitors have compared the hike to remote trails in North Georgia.
15. Skidaway Island State Park
Skidaway Island is a 4.6 miles moderate trail that provides an observation tower where visitors can observe wildlife. Visitors can see deer, egrets, crabs, and other wildlife at this trail.
14. Savannah National Widlife Refuge
This huge nearly 30,000 acre wildlife refuge is located in parts of Georgia and South Carolina. This gorgeous wetland can be experienced for free, and hikers can travel all dikes by foot. However, there are some areas that are only accessible by boat.
13. Red Top Mountain State Park
This Is a popular park near Atlanta on Lake Allatoona. In addition to hiking, many visitors swim, water ski, and fish here. It also has a sand swimming beach and a cove for swimmers to cool off in the summer.
12. Providence Canyon State Park
This park contains one of Georgia’s 7 natural wonders, Providence Canyon. They call this canyon Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon” and it’s a must see for Georgia residents! It’s truly a unique hiking experience with its multi-colored sandstone.
11. Lookout Mountain
Beautiful Lookout Mountain was once home to Indians that hunted and lived across the slopes of the mountain. Their trails are accompanied by some of the most amazing waterfalls and overlooks in Georgia.
10. Kennesaw Mountain
This park is a preservation of a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign and is also host to Kennesaw Mountain. This nearly 3000 acre park is beautiful to visit in the fall and teaches visitors a bit of state history as well.
9. Fort Mountain State Park
Hikers, horseback riders, and those just looking to getaway on the mountain can go to Fort Mountain and experience just what they are seeking. The winding trails and trickling creeks are just what’s needed for tranquility.
8. F.D. Roosevelt State Park
This park was named after US President Franklin Roosevelt who sought treatment for an illness in nearby Warm Springs. This 9000 acre park is located near Pine Mountain and Warm Springs. Visitors can enjoy its trails by hiking or horseback riding.
7. Cumberland Island National Seashore
This historic place preserves most of Cumberland Island and is only accessible by boat. This seashore is not only great for hiking, it features dunes, marshes, and freshwater lakes. Many historic sites and structures can still be seen. And if you're lucky, you might spot the wild horses!
6. Cloudland Canyon State Park
This park is on the western side of Lookout Mountain and is one of the most scenic parks in Georgia. Views of the canyon can be seen from the parking lot and at the bottom of the gorge, two waterfalls cascade over carved stones into small pools. It’s a hiker’s dream!
5. Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
This forest in northern Georgia consists of two US National Forests; the Oconee National Forest and the Chattachoochee National Forest. The two forests contain more than 500 miles of trails for visitors to hike, bike, or use off-road vehicles.
4. Chatsworth, GA
Chatworth is a small city in Murray County, Georgia. Hikers here can experience beautiful waterfalls at Jacks River Falls and Emery Creek. They can also canoe over one of their 42 river crossings, or just climb the Gahuti Trail loop at Fort Mountain State Park near Chatsworth to see the gorgeous skyline.
3. Carters Lake
Carters Lake is Georgia’s deepest reservoir lakes and is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Carters Lake has been a hikers, fishers, and campers favorite since the completion of the dam in the late 70s.
2. Blairsville, GA
he small city of Blairsville features gorgeous waterfalls and high summits. Hikers can visit the Arkaquah Trail at Brasstown Bald or the nearby Blood Mountain.
1. Black Rock Mountain State Park
Named for the color of its sheer cliffs, Black Rock Mountain is surrounded by tumbling streams, and a secluded waterfall. They have an easy trail that is perfectly suited for beginners.
Were any awesome spots in Georgia left out? If so, feel free to mention them in the comments below!