Best Hikes Near Atlanta Guide Book

by Ren and Helen Davis (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Near Atlanta  by Ren and Helen Davis

232pp/color maps/color photos
ISBN: 0762746858

Take a Hike! Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike? This guide describes over thirty-five of the best hikes within an hour’s drive of Atlanta—from mountaintop vistas and paths along rushing streams to historic sites and urban parkways great for a jog or bicycle ride. Whether you’re in the mood for an easy nature walk or are up for a strenuous day hike, in these pages you’ll find plenty of both at over twenty locations, including: • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park • Laurel Ridge Trail on Lake Lanier • Georgia state parks and historic sites • Local parks and gardens • And many more sites, including wildlife refuges and nature preserves

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Near Atlanta" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 35.
... Preview: The park’s name, “Amicalola,” is taken from the Cherokee word for “tumbling waters,” an apt description for the 729-foot falls (highest east of the Mississippi River) created when the waters of Little ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Dawsonville, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.1
... Preview: Located only a short distance from busy Highway 400, the Big Creek Greenway offers a wooded retreat away from urban bustle and traffic. The linear park, maintained by the City of Alpharetta, features ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Alpharetta, GA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 6.6
... Preview: This 6,400-acre wildlife center, operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, features a network of color-blazed foot trails that wind across old pasture lands, through bottomland hardwood ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Covington, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
... Preview: This section traces a path across the Cheatham Hill Battlefield and through woods where Union troops once waited to assault the Rebel defenses. It descends across John Ward Creek before winding acro ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Marietta, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.3
... Preview: This section of the national battlefield park contains much evidence of the strong Rebel fortifications. Traces of earthworks may still be seen along the trails and historical markers note the sites o ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Marietta, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
... Preview: Following cession of Creek lands in Georgia in 1826, Cheadle Cochran received this property as reward for service in the War of 1812 and built a gristmill on Little Bear Creek. In 1870 Cheadle’s eld ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Palmetto, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
... Preview: These two units, located just outside Interstate 285, are among the most popular with hikers and runners. The National Recreation Area’s busiest unit is Cochran Shoals with its 3.1-mile gravel Fitness ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Sandy Springs, GA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 9.3
... Preview: Created in 1977 by local business and civic leaders Hampton Daughtry and David Settle, Dauset Trails Nature Center is a 1,200-acre, private, nonprofit outdoor education and recreation area adjacent to ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Jackson, GA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.8
... Preview: One of the most remarkable and unusual hikes in the Atlanta area, the trails across the exposed granite hills, wetlands, and pine/oak forests at Arabia Mountain take you back nearly a half-billion yea ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Lithonia, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
... Preview: This unit of the Chattahoochee River offers a taste of rugged beauty from high, heavily wooded ridges above the water to sandy, lushly carpeted floodplains lined with ferns and willows. Late autumn an ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Sandy Springs, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.3
... Preview: Elachee Nature Science Center serves as an environmental-education component of the 1,500-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, established by the city of Gainesville in 1978. Several short trail loops ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Gainesville, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.4
... Preview: Located above the shores of Bull Sluice Lake, an impoundment of the Chattahoochee River created by construction of Morgan Falls Dam in 1904, Gold Branch is one of the less frequently visited units of ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Roswell, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
... Preview: Following removal of the Cherokee from northern Georgia, pioneers moved into this area, establishing the nearby town of Roswell on bluffs above the Chattahoochee and carving out farms along the waterw ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Roswell, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
... Preview: After settling on this land in 1819, James Martin ran a ferry across the Chattahoochee River for many years. His descendents, the Jones family, operated the ferry until it was replaced by the steel br ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Roswell, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8
... Preview: Nestled along upland slopes and wetlands of the Appalachian foothills adjacent to Lake Lanier’s Buford Dam, Laurel Ridge Trail offers a glimpse of the landscape before the massive lake was completed b ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Buford, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
... Preview: Nestled in the northeastern corner of Gwinnett County, Little Mulberry Park is an 890-acre green-space featuring more than 13 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian paths meandering across meadows, t ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Auburn, GA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 8.3
... Preview: Few sites in the piedmont hills surrounding Atlanta surpass the scenic beauty and historical significance of the 527-acre McIntosh Reserve. The park was once the home of William McIntosh, a Creek chie ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Whitesburg, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.9
... Preview: During the spring of 1864, Union Gen. William T. Sherman led his troops into Georgia to engage the Rebel army and capture Atlanta. In his reports, Sherman made little mention of the May 27 fight at Pi ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Atlanta, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.1
... Preview: Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge Trails At first glance, the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge appears as a natural landscape. In fact, the heavily wooded hills and valleys represent the culmination ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Forsyth, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.1
... Preview: For more than a century, this 186-acre park, 2 miles north of downtown, has served as Atlanta’s “common ground,” hosting Confederate veterans, presidents, musicians (from John Philip Sousa to the Allm ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Atlanta"
Atlanta, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6