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    60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Atlanta

    by Randy & Pam Golden (Menasha Ridge Press)
    60 Hikes within 60 Miles Atlanta  by Randy & Pam Golden
    One of the South's premier cities, Atlanta is home to an abundance of spectacular hiking and walking destinations. From ambles along Starr's Mill south of town in Fayette County to scenic paths along the Amicalola River north of town, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Atlanta guides hikers to the best trails in the area. Complete with directions, maps, and a wealth of historical detail, the guide beckons hikers of all ages and fitness levels into the outdoors. Whether you live in Atlanta, Marietta, Lawrenceville, or Peachtree City, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Atlanta provides you with the information you need to choose the perfect day hike in your area, including trail lengths, hiking times, and trail difficulty.

    © 2013 Randy and Pam Golden/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

    Trails from the "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Atlanta" Guide Book
    60 Trail Guides

    Climb to the tops of two mountains separated by a railroad pass to view the site of the last Civil War battle in the Atlanta area. This trek includes a long, scenic lakeshore walk. Nearby Cartersville affords a number of additonal hiking opportunities. Nearest facilities are at Red Top Mountain State Park. Most of this trail is in full sun, with some partial shade at the lakeshore.
    Emerson, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
    This trail explores the watershed of the Amicalola Creek in the area of Amicalola Falls. In spring the meadow is full of color. Although the McDaniel family owned the farm from 1859 until it was given to the county after Archie McDaniel’s death in 1999, the farm is set up as a 1930s farm might have been. Guided tours are given every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and cost $3. If you can’t make the tour, pick up a brochure from the metal pail hanging just inside the barn on the left wall. We strongly recommend the walking tour because it gives visitors access to the farmhouse, which is the most interesting building on the farm.
    Amicalola Mountain, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
    This hike explores the Davidson–Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve area, composed of three distinct “mountains”—Bradley, Arabia, and Little Arabia—made of Lithonia gneiss. From the top of Bradley Mountain the trail is unmarked, but it’s easy to pick up near the bottom.
    Snapfinger, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.1
    From Turner Field, this hike visits the Georgia State Capitol, Underground Atlanta, the Georgia Dome, Philips Arena, CNN Center, Centennial Park, the Georgia Aquarium, and the World of Coca-Cola. This hike begins in the parking lot opposite Turner Field, at the site of the original Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. From the parking lot, you have a great view of downtown Atlanta and the Olympic flame.
    Atlanta, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
    This portion of the multiuse Big Creek Greenway explores the floodplain of Big Creek, also known as Vickery Creek from Webb Bridge Road to Mansell Road.
    Webb, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.5
    Big Trees has multiple loops and straight-line trails that can be combined for a wide variety of hikes. A 300-foot climb on the Backcountry Trail is so well done that it seems effortless.
    Dunwoody, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
    This double loop in the Bowman Island Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area circles just below the crest of two hills south of the Buford Dam. Horseback riding is allowed, but this section of the trail is only lightly used. Dogs are prohibited in both the Bowman Island of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and in Buford Dam Park. This hike does not cross onto Bowmans Island.
    Buford, GA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 3.5
    You can see a wide range of wildlife— including wild hogs, otters, beavers, deer, American bald eagles, and waterfowl—on this relatively short hike.
    Mansfield, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
    This hike explores the Chattahoochee River above Bull Sluice before climbing into the watershed. The hike ends at the Discovery Center, where visitors can learn about the natural world.
    Roswell, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
    The trail follows a gravel road from Burnt Hickory to Dallas Highway and then parallels a low ridge to Cheatham Hill. After taking you to explore Civil War entrenchments, the trail descends to Kolb’s Farm Trail, returning to Dallas Highway along a paved road. On the return to the trailhead, the hike leaves the main trunk and explores the watershed of Noses Creek.
    Marietta, GA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 5.6
    After crossing Little Bear Creek, the trail follows an old road to Bear Creek, where it climbs along the riverbank to two falls. From the second falls, it rises to an old road and explores the Bear Creek watershed.
    Palmetto, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
    Cook’s Greenway Trail follows the floodplain of Sandy Creek from Lake Chapman in Sandy Creek Park to Sandy Creek Nature Center.
    Center, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.4
    This is a wonderful waterfalls walk with a nearby babbling brook in the North Georgia mountains. Plan on spending the whole day hiking your choice of the multiple short trails listed in “Nearby Activities.”
    Cleveland, GA - Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
    This loop trail explores the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, traversing a typical hardwood forest from the Elachee Nature Science Center to the Chicopee Aquatic Studies Center at Chicopee Lake.
    Chicopee, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
    Grant Park Loop visits the 1880s-era green space that was the centerpiece of a development of large Victorian homes. The park also houses Zoo Atlanta, whose animals live in near-native habitats.
    Atlanta, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
    Nine short trails, none more than a mile long, can be combined for a fun exploration of an ecology- and history-based attraction in northeast Georgia.
    Sugar Hill, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
    Consisting of the Brantley and Beaverpond Nature Trails, Hard Labor Creek Trail follows various creeks and explores ridges within Hard Labor Creek State Park.
    Rutledge, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.1
    This historic road explores a portion of Confederate General Joseph Johnston’s Smyrna Line and the remains of an old woolen mill. Hikers can view Ruff ’s Mill and continue on to see Concord Covered Bridge.
    Leland, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
    This trail explores High Falls State Park, including the waterfalls on the Towaliga River and a mill and sluice.
    Jackson, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
    Climb to the top of Sawnee Mountain, west of Cumming, for prime long-distance views of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
    Coal Mountain, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.75

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