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Best Hiking Trails in Georgia – USA

Overview

The southeastern US state of Georgia has a mountainous area in the north of the state, which is known for being the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. The main areas for hiking include Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest (including Springer Mountain), Black Rock Mountain State Park, Vogel State Park, Fort Mountain State Park, and Brasstown Bald. The best months to hike in Georgia are April to October. Read on for more information on where and when to hike in Georgia. 

Capital: Atlanta

When To Hike in Georgia – USA?

Mid-April – Mid-October: Driest, warmest period, particularly in summer months
Early April; Early October
November – March: Cold, rain/snow
Climate: Humid subtropical – cool, mild winters; hot summers

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy: Well-marked trails with good maps and guidebooks and other resources for hiking trip planning.

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in Georgia for hiking:

  • Helen
  • Suches
  • Blairsville
  • Blue Ridge

Most popular hikes in Georgia – USA

The northernmost part of this state is mountainous, with the Blue Ridge Mountains (part of the Appalachian Mountains) located in the northern part of the state and containing the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Highest Mountain: Brasstown Bald (1458 m) in Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Brasstown Bald

  • Hiking trail leading to summit of highest peak

Rich Mountain Wilderness

Chattahoochee – Oconee National Forest

Long Distance Trails of Georgia – USA

Georgia – USA's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Georgia Hiking Books:  

  • Hiking Georgia: A Guide to the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, 5th Edition, by Jimmy Jacobs, 2020, Falcon Guides – https://amzn.to/3Q4Ek5y
  • 50 Hikes in the North Georgia Mountains, 3rd Edition, by Johnny Molloy, 2023, Countryman Press – https://amzn.to/49AJiOw
  • Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: South, by Johnny Molloy, 2016, Menasha Ridge Press – https://amzn.to/4cYIrKp
  • The Appalachian Trail Day Hiker’s Guide: Downhill to Fine Wine and Accommodations: Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee, by Carol Steiner and Jim Steiner, 2018, Downhill Adventures Press LLC – https://amzn.to/4aCfgLL
  • Appalachian Trail Guide to North Carolina-Georgia Guide Book Map Set, by Lisa Williams, 2016, Appalachian Trail Conservancy – https://amzn.to/3Q6bWjG

 

Georgia Hiking Associations/Clubs: – there are many clubs

 

Best Hiking Trails in Georgia:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, official park websites, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • Springer Mountain – Appalachian Trail
  • Brasstown Bald – Brasstown Wilderness
  • Mount Yonah – Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
  • Blood Mountain – Blood Mountain Wilderness
  • Arkaquah Trail – Brasstown Wilderness
  • Cool Springs and Mill Creek Falls Loop – Fort Mountain State Park
  • Tray Mountain – Tray Mountain Wilderness
  • Kennesaw Mountain – Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Easy Hiking Trails in Georgia:

  • Smith Creek Trail
  • Rocky Mountain – Mark Trail Wilderness
  • Lookoff Mountain – Black Rock Mountain State Park

 

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What Else To Do

  • Beaches
  • City of Savannah
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Trail

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