Georgia’s diverse natural beauty is as good as, if not better than, any state in the nation. Between the incredible rivers, lakes, forests, fields, and mountains, a nature lover could spend their entire lives exploring the Peach State and never get bored. If you don’t have your entire life to spend but still want to get the most scenery out of a Georgian hike, then the following five trails will surely do you right.
Brasstown Bald is the highest peak in the entire state of Georgia, with an elevation of 4,700 feet above sea level. The Brasstown Bald hike is around 11 miles-long and is most difficult, with tough terrain and steep rises. For those that make it to the top, however, the scenic views of up to four surrounding states, is absolutely worth it.
The Conasauga River Trail is perfect for hikers that enjoy splashing through rivers and creeks. The trail cuts through the Cohutta Wilderness, the biggest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River. The trail is around 13 miles and includes 18 river crossings, ranging in difficulty. We recommend this hike for experienced hikers, and to be taken with at least a week between rainfalls.
The Blood Mountain Loop is a six-mile loop up to the Appalachian Trail summit. The highest point of the Georgian Appalachian Trail, Blood Mountain is one of the more popular trails, although quieter stretches are available for those that prefer. You’ll be gaining elevation for much of the hike as you ascend, so make sure you’re comfortable climbing over haphazard terrain.
The Marble Mine Trail through the James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park is an easy, dog-friendly jaunt through an abandoned mine entrance. Stop by the waterfall and enjoy the sunset over water. The trip is just under two miles round trip, making it one of the more carefree walks on our list. Bring your dog along with you for a leisurely stroll.
The Cloudland Canyon West Rim Loop Trail through Cloudland Canyon State Park is definitely not for beginners, but it isn’t the most difficult trail by any means. This five-mile round-trip loop is dog-friendly and offers “outstanding views from its deep-chiseled, wide-span canyon rim and plummeting waterfalls within its depths,” according to the website Atlanta Trails. You’ll see the most beautiful parts of the park as you hike through the canyon and over to the other side.