Best Hikes Atlanta  by Ren and Helen Davis

Best Hikes Atlanta Guide Book

by Ren and Helen Davis (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Atlanta  by Ren and Helen Davis
Atlanta has long been touted as “the city of trees,” and despite explosive population growth (as of 2017 the population of metropolitan Atlanta was nearly six million), both within the city and its surrounding suburbs, Atlanta still offers many easily accessible woodlands, parks, and green spaces suitable for family outings or more rigorous treks. Wherever you are in Atlanta, there are destinations to suit your interest, from mountaintop vistas and paths along rushing streams to urban parkways great for a jog or bicycle ride and historic sites linking us to those who came before.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Atlanta" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 37.

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 ...
Dawsonville, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.1
Utilizing abandoned railroad corridors, the BeltLine is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development project in modern Atlanta’s history. It will eventually connect more than forty-f ...
Atlanta, GA - Hiking,Road Biking - Trail Length: 3.0
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Located only a short distance from busy GA 400, the Big Creek Greenway offers a wooded retreat away from urban bustle and traffic. This section of the linear park is maintained by the city of Alpharet ...
Alpharetta, GA - Hiking,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 6.6
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 ...
Covington, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
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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 ac ...
Marietta, GA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 5.3
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 si ...
Marietta, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
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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 elder ...
Palmetto, GA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.5
With its 3.1-mile gravel Fitness Trail, the Cochran Shoals Unit, located just off I-285, is the national recreation area’s busiest (the parking area can quickly fill to capacity on weekends). Beyo ...
Sandy Springs, GA - Hiking,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 6.1
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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 ...
Jackson, GA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.8
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 ...
Lithonia, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.4
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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 ...
Sandy Springs, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.3
Elachee Nature Science Center serves as an environmental education component of the 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, established by the city of Gainesville in 1978. Several short trail l ...
Gainesville, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.4
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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 ...
Roswell, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
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 ...
Roswell, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.3
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After settling on this land in 1819, James Martin ran a ferry across the Chattahoochee River for many years. His descendants, the Jones family, operated the ferry until it was replaced by the steel br ...
Roswell, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8
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 ...
Buford, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
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Nestled in the northeastern corner of Gwinnett County, Little Mulberry Park is an 892-acre greenspace featuring more than 13 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian paths meandering across meadows, th ...
Auburn, GA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Road Biking - Trail Length: 8.3
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 ...
Whitesburg, GA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 6.9
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During the spring of 1864, Union General 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 ...
Dallas, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
At first glance, the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge appears as a natural landscape. In fact, the heavily wooded hills and valleys represent the culmination of years of effort to restore land devast ...
Forsyth, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.1
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