Best Trails of Georgia

This list represents the most popular trails in Georgia (learn more about Top Trails). Use this list to plan your next Georgia outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Appalachian Trail: Springer Mountain to Hightower Gap


The summit of Springer Mountain, a broad dome with thin oak woods and a rock outcrop, has excellent northwest views of the Cohutta Mountains. Two bronze plaques mark this as the terminus of the AT.…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Southern Appalachians"
Suches, GA - Hiking - 9 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in GA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#2. Appalachian Trail: Woody Gap to Neels Gap


Take a hike to Blood Mountain, the highest peak on the Georgia AT, now usually a quite peaceful place except when invaded by swarms of weekend hikers. Sometime before 1600, however, the aptly name Bl…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Southern Appalachians"
Suches, GA - Hiking - 10.7 miles Best Trail in GA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#3. Reed Bingham State Park Trails


Reed Bingham State Park is in South Georgia, about midway between the ocean and the Alabama line. The centerpiece of the 1,613-acres facility is the 375-acre impoundment on the Little River, which pro…
From the guidebook "Hiking Georgia"
Adel, GA - Hiking - 5.3 miles Best Trail in GA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. High Shoals Scenic Area Trail


The High Shoals Scenic Area contains two impressive and picturesque waterfalls. High Shoals Creek originates on Tray Mountain, one of the summits on the Appalachian Trail that is more than 4,000 feet…
From the guidebook "Hiking Georgia"
Hiawassee, GA - Hiking - 2.6 miles Best Trail in GA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Appalachian Trail: Neels Gap to Hogpen Gap


Open ridgetops with excellent views, spring and fall wildflower displays, and well-graded trail make this a pleasant hike, and the proximity to Neels Gap makes it popular. This short AT section betwe…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Southern Appalachians"
Blairsville, GA - Hiking - 6.4 miles Best Trail in GA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#6. Amicalola Falls State Park Campground


The word Amicalola is Cherokee for “tumbling waters.” This state park features a 729-foot waterfall, Amicalola Falls, reputed to be the tallest fall in the East.…
From the guidebook "The Best in Tent Camping: Georgia"
Dawsonville, GA - Campgrounds Best Trail in GA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#7. Northeast Georgia Mountains Campgrounds


The campgrounds included in this eTrail are Bald Ridge, Sawnee, Shady Grove, Shoal Creek, Chestnut Ridge, Old Federal, Toto Creek, War Hill, Bolding Mill, and Duckett Mill. Located in the northern pa…
From the guidebook "Camping Georgia"
Gainesville, GA - Campgrounds Best Trail in GA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Appalachian Trail: Dicks Creek Gap to Deep Gap (NC)


In May and June, rhododendron, flame azalea, and mountain laurel bloom on the ridgetops of this trail section, while in fall and winter, hikers can enjoy the good views. At any time of year, this hik…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Southern Appalachians"
Hiawassee, GA - Hiking - 15.6 miles Best Trail in GA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#9. Northwest Georgia Mountains Campgrounds


The campgrounds included in this eTrail are Cloudland Canyon State Park, James H. Sloppy Floyd State Park, Pocket Recreation Area, Hidden Creek, Fort Mountain State Park, Lake Conasauga, Woodring Bran…
From the guidebook "Camping Georgia"
Ellijay, GA - Campgrounds Best Trail in GA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Benton MacKaye Trail: Watson Gap to Ocoee River


The final portion of the BMT is it’s finest. Leave Watson Gap and enter the Cohutta Wilderness. The path dips down to a couple of high elevation streams before regaining the Blue Ridge and heading nor…
From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Blue Ridge, GA - Hiking - 20 miles Best Trail in GA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#11. Appalachian Trail: Hightower Gap to Woody Gap


If you're looking for a good introduction to north-Georgia hiking, with several steep climbs and descents, this section of the AT provides it. The trail is good though rocky in spots, and primarily t…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Southern Appalachians"
Suches, GA - Hiking - 11.9 miles Best Trail in GA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#12. Appalachian Trail: Hogpen Gap to Unicoi Gap


Imagine an ant hiking to see the scenery of a stuffed living room chair. To cross the gently undulating seat cushion, the ant climbs up and over one arm, crosses the cushion, and then climbs over the…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Southern Appalachians"
Helen, GA - Hiking - 13.6 miles Best Trail in GA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#13. Jacks River


The Jacks River is a major headwater tributary to the Conasauga River. The two rivers parallel each other through the Cohutta Wilderness Area and offer excellent angling for wild rainbow, brown, and b…
From the guidebook "Fishing Georgia"
Crandall, GA - Fishing Best Trail in GA - Click to view allBestFishing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Conasauga River


Considered by some authorities to be one of the top 100 trout streams in the nation, the pristine 15-mile stretch of the Conasauga River is within the Cohutta Wilderness Area. The core of the Conasaug…
From the guidebook "Fishing Georgia"
Crandall, GA - Fishing Best Trail in GA - Click to view allBestFishing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#15. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Trails


The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge provides a doorway to more than 400,000 acres of one of the oldest and best preserved freshwater wetland areas in the United States. Interpretive displays in th…
From the guidebook "Hiking Georgia"
Folkston, GA - Hiking - 4.5 miles Best Trail in GA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Little Ocmulgee State Park Trails


This 1,360-acre Southeast Georgia park is best known for its 18-hole Wallace Adams Golf Course, Pete Phillips Lodge, and lake on the Little Ocmulgee River. It also features picnic areas, playgrounds,…
From the guidebook "Hiking Georgia"
McRae, GA - Hiking - 2.1 miles Best Trail in GA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Bear Creek Trail and Loop


Bear Creek Trail is one of my favorites! In any season, the surroundings are beautiful. The lower, first section of trail runs along Bear Creek, crossing back and forth several times. The creek is noi…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Georgia"
Ellijay, GA - Mountain Biking - 14.7 miles Best Trail in GA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Desoto Falls Campground


Where do the names Desoto and Frogtown come together? The answer is at Desoto Falls Campground, which is located along the banks of Frogtown Creek in the 650-acre Desoto Falls Scenic Area. The sylvan…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Dahlonega, GA - Campgrounds Best Trail in GA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#19. Andrews Cove Campground


During my numerous travels amid the mountains of northern Georgia, I can’t tell you how many times I passed Andrews Cove Campground without stopping.…
From the guidebook "The Best in Tent Camping: Georgia"
Clarksville, GA - Campgrounds Best Trail in GA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#20. Unicoi State Park Trails


Unicoi State Park is the gateway to the higher mountains of the southern Appalachians and is one of the most popular parks in Georgia. Four well-marked trails in Unicoi State Park provide hikers with…
From the guidebook "Hiking Georgia"
Helen, GA - Hiking - 2.5 miles Best Trail in GA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides