Hiking is one of the best ways to see the beauty of Georgia. From the rolling hills of the North Georgia Mountains to the peaceful plains of South Georgia, from stunning waterfalls to bustling city trails, these Georgia hikes have it all.
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Georgia Hikes: Kennesaw Mountain Loop Trail - Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park preserves a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign. The park’s 22 miles of trails makes it a popular hiking destination in Atlanta. With the start of spring, the trails were covered with hikers this past weekend when we hiked the Mountain Loop Trail. Georgia Hikes: Lullwater Preserve President’s Loop and Lake Loop Trails - Lullwater Preserve is a hidden treasure of tranquility right in the middle of Atlanta. The park is located on the Emory University campus in Atlanta, and the President’s Loop Trail takes you by the private residence of the university’s president at Lullwater House while the Lake Loop Trail takes you around the park’s scenic lake. Georgia Hikes: Iron Hill Loop Trail - The 3.9 mile Iron Hill Loop Trail at Red Top Mountain State Park is the perfect hike for taking in North Georgia’s fall colors. This is a great November hike when the weather begins getting cooler. Georgia Hikes: Sweetwater Creek Yellow and Orange Trails - Spring means perfect weather for hiking! It’s clearly been a while since we did a substantial hike because this nearly-6 mile hike was way harder on me than it should have been. But it did give off views of the mill ruins and skyline. Georgia Hikes: Cochran Shoals Trail - The Cochran Shoals Trail is an easy hike along the western bank of the Chattahoochee River. This busy trail just north of I-285 is a popular trail for runners, bikers, and dog walkers. Georgia Hikes: Indian Seats Trail - The popular 4-mile Indian Seats Trail loop in Sawnee Mountain Preserve in Cumming, Georgia gives off spectacular views of the North Georgia mountains. Georgia Hikes: Waterfalls Trail - The Waterfalls Trail at Cloudland Canyon State Park explores the bottom of the canyon, highlighting the park’s two stunning waterfalls. Autumn is a wonderful time to take this hike because of the vibrant colors, and winter is the perfect time to see the falls with a strong, constant flow. Georgia Hikes: Camp Brumby Loop - When we need a short, leisurely hike, we head to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and walk parts of the battlefield trails. Georgia Hikes: East Palisades Trail - When we need a break from shooting the ‘Hooch, we turn to hiking the ‘Hooch. And we made sure to bring along our hammocks because we heard there was a great spot in a bamboo forest, so we made like panda bears and headed for the bamboo! Georgia Hikes: Unicoi to Helen Trail - On our recent trip to Unicoi State Park and Lodge, we took a Saturday morning hike on part of the state park‘s trails, running into some marathoners on the way. While we didn’t hike the full trail from Unicoi to Helen, we did walk almost half of it before turning back for our reunion lunch. Georgia Hikes: Hurricane Falls Trail - Spring is the perfect time for a hike, especially one that involves climbing 600 steps. Take in the gorge-ous views of Tallulah Gorge and get a strenuous workout in the processes with the Hurricane Falls Trail hike: Georgia Hikes: Amicalola Falls - The trails and incredible scenery make Amicalola Falls State Park one of Georgia’s most popular state parks. Hike to the top of the state’s tallest waterfall and take in beautiful Appalachian views. Georgia Hikes: Sweetwater Creek Red and White Trails - Sweetwater Creek State Park is a popular destination with 15 miles of hiking trails, plenty of campsites and picnic areas, 10 yurt rentals, and the gorgeous ruins of a Civil War-era mill. It’s the perfect place to spend a full day at. Since we had plenty of time, Kevin and I opted for a long […] Georgia Hikes: Pine Mountain Trail - The Pine Mountain Trail just outside of Cartersville, GA offers stunning summit views of Lake Allatoona and the surrounding North Georgia mountains. Georgia Hikes: Stone Mountain - One of Georgia’s most popular attractions, Stone Mountain Park is located on 3,200 acres of wooded forest, lake, and of course Stone Mountain itself. Stone Mountain is open year-round, which means you’re free to hike up the popular Walk-Up Mountain Trail during any season you choose. Georgia Hikes: Kennesaw Mountain - Because I have clearly become such an outdoorsy person in the last few months and will explore all terrains of North Georgia, I agreed to go on a hike. Though I did not agree to go on an 11 mile hike, despite my boyfriend’s attempts at trickery. And so I made my second trip to […]
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