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Georgia Backpacking Trails

Chattanooga: Chickamauga CreekTrail

This 5.6-mile loop climbs the woody spine of Dick’s Ridge, then meanders along a twisting mountain stream in a hilly section of Chattahoochee National Forest.

Atlanta: Yellow Mountain Trail

Discover solitude again on this quiet, mostly forested 6.4-mile trek up a wrinkled Appalachian mountain to a delightful babbling brook. Bring tree ID book.

Atlanta: Dockery Lake Trail

Walk 6.8 miles out and back on a rocky singletrack path into an intimate ravine streaming with cold, blue mountain waters. The hike ends at a quiet Appalachian high point.

Atlanta: Coosa Backcountry Trail

This strenuous 11.3-mile loop offers a bit of everything–rugged summits, challenging trails, dense woodlands, mountain streams, remote campsites, and heaps of solitude.

Chattanooga: Taylor Ridge Trail

Amble 5.2 miles on this easy out-and-back along an ancient weathered ridgeline with views of the broad valley below and the Tennesee border in the distance.

Atlanta: Tesnatee Gap

Traverse a dramatic high ridge via 5 miles of the Appalachian Trail, ending at thru-hiker hangout Walasi-Yi Center.

Atlanta: Gahuti Backcountry Trail

This moderate 7.9-mile loop descends into lush tunnels of rhododendron, then rises to lofty views of endless forest in Fort Mountain State Park.

Atlanta: Mountaintown Creek Trail

Camp near an idyllic mountain stream on this 11-mile out-and-back into a deep, remote gorge scoured by small waterfalls in Georgia’s Cohutta Wilderness.

Atlanta: Arkaquah Trail

First, check out the petroglyphs; then climb 2,500 feet to the state high point on this popular 11.6-mile out-and-back in Chattahoochee National Forest.

Atlanta: Raven Cliff Falls

Waterfalls, lush forests, and magnificent creekside views make this 5-mile out-and-back through Cliff Falls Wilderness a superb dayhike in northern Georgia.

Chattanooga: West Rim Loop

This easy 4-mile loop plunges you into a deep canyon to view high waterfalls, then skirts up the canyon rim, passing impressive overlooks in Cloudland Canyon State Park.

Atlanta: Flat Creek Loop

This lovely 5.4-mile loop shaded by oaks, pines, and birches leads to the rushing headwaters of Flat Creek in Chattahoochee National Forest.

Atlanta: Wagon Train Trail

Stand on top of the Peach State on this 13-mile out-and-back under mixed second-growth forest to the bare high point of Brasstown Bald.

Atlanta, GA: Red & White Blaze Loop

Visit Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon on this 6.7-mile loop to backcountry shelters and geologic wonders in Providence Canyon State Park.

Atlanta: Miller Trek Trail

This moderate 6.5-mile loop climbs through an open oak forest, reaches nearly 3,000 feet, and pays off with expansive views of distant ridgelines.

Atlanta: Penitentiary Branch Trail

Nestled in a quiet corner of the Cohutta Wilderness, this 10.2-mile out-and-back features giant hardwood stands, waterfalls, and a remote mountain campsite.

Atlanta: AT-Benton MacKaye Loop

Sample two long paths on a 5.8-mile figure-8 loop through hemlock groves and along churning creeks to an AT shelter in Chattahoochee National Forest.

Atlanta: Keys Branch (kids’ hike)

Go ahead, kids: Skip over creeks. Play in the mud. Catch bugs. This easy hike crams lots of wild fun into 3.4 miles.

Atlanta, GA: Dugger Mountain Wilderness

Look for bears, wild turkeys, Native American artifacts, and herbs on this shady loop off the tourist trail.

Atlanta: Twin Falls Trail

Walk 8.2 miles through blooming rhododendron patches and towering hemlock stands to a double-spouted waterfall in Chattahoochee National Forest.

Savannah: Little Ocmulgee Loop

Link sandy hills with cypress swamps on this 3.7-mile tour of Little Ocmulgee State Park. Keep an eye out for gators and tortoises.

Atlanta, GA: Kennesaw Mountain

Discover meadows rich in Civil War history and climb two peaks with views of Atlanta on this 10.4-mile loop.

Atlanta: Panther Creek Trail

Count five waterfalls–including one of Georgia’s most scenic–on this 10.8-miler in Chattahoochee National Forest. Go midweek for more solitude.

Atlanta: Broad River Trail

Here are just four of the many reasons to walk this 7.6-mile route in northern Georgia: wildflowers, mountain streams, waterfalls, and lots of wildlife.

Atlanta, GA: Cohutta Mountain Loop

Dotted with place names like Crooked Dog Gap and Rough Creek, this 15.5-mile route mixes rugged ridgeline climbs and quiet riverside campsites.

Atlanta: Stone Mountain

Wooded lakeshores. Civil War hotspots. A giant granite mountain. This 7.4-mile hike tops out with peerless views of rolling green Piedmont from the summit of an open dome east of Atlanta.

Atlanta: James E. Edmonds Trail

Head to the dark hills of Black Rock Mountain State Park for a 6.3-mile loop along soothing mountain streams to lookouts with classic Appalachian views.

Atlanta: Gold Branch Trail

You won’t find gold on this 3.5-mile loop, but the hilly hemlock forests, the singing swans, and the sunbathing turtles at Bull Sluice Lake are priceless.

Atlanta: Hitchiti Trail

Trail run or hike on this 3.8-mile woodland loop past granite outcrops and small cascades to the floodplain of the Ocmulgee River.

Appalachian Trail: Dicks Creek Gap to Winding Stair Gap

Perfect for a weeklong jaunt, this 38-mile section climbs mountains, winds through deep gaps and passes a short side hike to Standing Indian Mountain, where Indian lore says a bolt of lighting struck a lone Cherokee sentinel and turned him to stone.

Appalachian Trail: Tesnatee Gap to Unicoi Gap

This 14.6-mile leg promises long views on Blue Mountain and ends at Unicoi Gap where hikers can find an original 1934 metal AT trail marker.

Appalachian Trail: Neels Gap to Tesnatee Gap

Start by walking through Mountain Crossings at Walasi-Yi–the only indoor section of the AT that runs through a stone building built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934–and then climb up into Raven Cliffs Wilderness.

Appalachian Trail: Woody Gap to Neels Gap

The hotspot on this 9.8-mile section is Blood Mountain, a 4,450-foot peak where historic battles between the Creek and Cherokee Indians stained the ground red.

Appalachian Trail: Springer Mountain to Woody Gap

Three shelters, rolling hills and beautiful vistas reward hikers as they connect Springer Mountain to Woody Gap where a recently renovated shelter sits under a leafy canopy.

Appalachian Trail: Amicalola Falls to Springer Mountain

It’s not the officially the AT but this 8.8-mile hike climbs past Amicalola Falls to Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail.

Appalachian Trail: Unicoi Gap to Dicks Creek Gap

This leg runs through wild pig country, up Tray Mountain, and past the site of an old cheese factory.

Atlanta, GA: Pickett’s Mill Battlefield

Walk in the historic footsteps of Union and Confederate troops on a 3.4-mile hike through one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battlefields.

Atlanta, GA: Vickery Creek

This 3-mile loop outside Atlanta traces a steep ravine as it winds through an oak and poplar forest.

Chattanooga, TN: Beech Bottoms Trail

This 9-miler follows an old logging path through hemlock forest en route to Jacks River Falls, the crown jewel of the Cohutta Wilderness.

Atlanta, GA: Conasauga River Trail

You’ll cross the Conasauga River 38 times on this challenging, 12.1-mile shuttle hike past wooded beaver ponds, trout pools, and countless waterfalls.

Cohutta Wilderness Area: Jacks River Trail

This 16.3-mile shuttle hike splashes through the Jacks River region (read: 40-plus creek crossings) in the Cohutta Wilderness Area.

Atlanta, GA: East Palisades

Sampling a trail network within Atlanta’s city limits, this 3.8-mile loop strolls past trout fishing spots into a hardwood forest with floral hotspots in Chattahooche National Recreational Area.

Atlanta, GA: Sope Creek

A favorite urban escape from Atlanta, Sope Creek offers a wooded playground for hikers, trail-runners, and photo-buffs.

Atlanta, GA: West Palisades

Just 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta, the trails at West Palisades offer hikers, trail runners, and trout fisherman an urban escape along the Chattahoochee River.

Atlanta, GA: Coosa Bald

Test yourself with a thigh-busting 12.7-mile hike to Coosa Bald and back.

Atlanta, GA: Raven Cliff Falls

Waterfalls, lush forests, and magnificent creekside views make this 5-mile out-and-back through Cliff Falls Wilderness a superb dayhike in northern Georgia.

Atlanta, GA: Sawnee Mountain Preserve

Only 20 miles north of Atlanta, Sawnee Mountain Preserve offers a maze of wooded trails that wander past abandoned gold mines to overlooks of Blue Ridge peaks.

Montgomery, AL: George T Bagby State Park

Explore sunken islands and a quiet nature trail on this family-friendly, 4.8-mile paddle-hike along the shores of Chattahoochee River Reservoir.

Atlanta, GA: Blood Mountain

This 5.5-mile loop in Chattahoochee National Forest follows a leg of the Appalachian Trail and provides long views across the Blue Ridge peaks.

Atlanta, GA: Duncan Ridge (Section 2A)

A classic Appalachian ridge hike, this 11-mile shuttle tackles numerous knobs and summits under heavy canopy with occasional Blue Ridge views.

Atlanta, GA: Coosa Backcountry Loop

On the edge of Chattahoochee National Forest, this 13.4-mile loop treks up several Blue Ridge peaks and meanders through north Georgia wildflowers and hardwood forest.

Benton MacKaye Trail: Springer Mountain to Three Forks, Section 1

This 7.1-mile shuttle hike explores the southernmost section of the Benton MacKaye Trail, a long trail linking the Georgia backcountry to the northern reaches of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Benton MacKaye Trail: Three Forks to GA 60, Section 2

Wind through a remote forest of white pine and hemlock, passing cascading creeks and an idyllic fishing spot on this 11.6-mile section of the Benton MacKaye Trail.

Benton MacKaye Trail: GA 60 to Skeenah Gap, Section 3

Sharing the same tread as the Duncan Ridge Trail to Rhodes Mountain, this 6.1-mile section of the Benton MacKaye Trail passes intermittent overlooks on a short-but-challenging ridgeline trek.

Atlanta, GA: Kennesaw Mountain

Tour a southern Civil War battleground on this 15.8-miler that offers Atlanta dayhikers multiple opportunities to experience their own journey through time.

Benton MacKaye Trail: Skeenah Gap to Wilscot Gap, Section 4

One of the most remote stretches of the Benton MacKaye Trail, this 5.1-mile section hike climbs gently through hardwood forest, rewarding with two far-off overlooks.

Chattanooga, TN: Cloudland Canyon via West Rim Trail

Scale switchbacks to scope spectacular views of Cloudland Canyon from the West Rim Trail on this 4.6-mile dayhike near the Georgia/Tennessee/Alabama border.

Best Dayhikes Atlanta

Get three hikes within the metro area and a waterfall-filled trip in north Georgia hills in this Atlanta dayhike bundle.

Benton MacKaye Trail Section Hikes 1-4

Sample part of the 300-mile long Benton MacKaye Trail with this PRO Bundle of section hikes and travel through some of the most-accessible backcountry in Georgia.

Atlanta, GA: Tray Mountain

This 10-miler to a 4,430-foot summit is great for dayhikes, especially in the non-green season (after the leaves fall). There are several campsites along the way if you want to overnight.

Atlanta Georgia

Atlanta: Yellow Mountain Trail

Discover solitude again on this quiet, mostly forested 6.4-mile trek up a wrinkled Appalachian mountain to a delightful babbling brook. Bring tree ID book.

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Atlanta: Dockery Lake Trail

Walk 6.8 miles out and back on a rocky singletrack path into an intimate ravine streaming with cold, blue mountain waters. The hike ends at a quiet Appalachian high point.

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Atlanta: Coosa Backcountry Trail

This strenuous 11.3-mile loop offers a bit of everything–rugged summits, challenging trails, dense woodlands, mountain streams, remote campsites, and heaps of solitude.

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Atlanta: Tesnatee Gap

Traverse a dramatic high ridge via 5 miles of the Appalachian Trail, ending at thru-hiker hangout Walasi-Yi Center.

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Atlanta: Mountaintown Creek Trail

Camp near an idyllic mountain stream on this 11-mile out-and-back into a deep, remote gorge scoured by small waterfalls in Georgia’s Cohutta Wilderness.

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Atlanta: Arkaquah Trail

First, check out the petroglyphs; then climb 2,500 feet to the state high point on this popular 11.6-mile out-and-back in Chattahoochee National Forest.

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Atlanta: Raven Cliff Falls

Waterfalls, lush forests, and magnificent creekside views make this 5-mile out-and-back through Cliff Falls Wilderness a superb dayhike in northern Georgia.

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Chattanooga: West Rim Loop

This easy 4-mile loop plunges you into a deep canyon to view high waterfalls, then skirts up the canyon rim, passing impressive overlooks in Cloudland Canyon State Park.

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Atlanta: Flat Creek Loop

This lovely 5.4-mile loop shaded by oaks, pines, and birches leads to the rushing headwaters of Flat Creek in Chattahoochee National Forest.

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