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Best Hiking Trails In Atlanta

July 27, 2013 8:00 AM

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These are some the top hiking trails within the Atlanta region. When one hikes, it places them inside of nature. Pick one of these hiking trails and explore what makes Georgia’s outdoors so remarkable. Join the wildlife that enjoys these trails as their homeland and see the wonders of the outdoors.

Arabia Mountain National Heritage Park
3787 Klondike Road
Lithonia, GA 30038
(770) 484-3060
www.arabiaalliance.org

Everyone enjoys this one-of-a-kind national park, which presents surprising environments at every turn. Rock formations give the hike a someone oz-like scavenger feel. Children will be amazed at the stones that mark the trail along the all-stone surfaces of much of the trail. Dogs are welcomed here when on a leash. They too love this park and savor the trails it contains. This park is a dog owner’s dream.

Stone Mountain Trail
U.S. Highway 78 E.
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
www.stonemountainpark.com

For those that want more of a theme park experience along with concessions, rides and more, then Stone Mountain is your best bet with a small entrance fee of $10. The park is 2,450 acres and if after your hike you want to do more, you will find options in this multi-feature resort area. Bikers enjoy the wide open places here and frequent this hiking pick. The Stone Mountain Park trail for both bikes and pedestrians goes around the entire mountain. Parts of the trail lead straight upwards toward the top of the mountain. If your energy slights any, one can hop on a cable car to head back down.

Nancy Creek Trail
DeKalb County
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 875-7284
www.georgiatrails.com

For one of the most secluded city trails, choose the Nancy Creek Trail. It is tucked away in the most northern region of DeKalb County.  Adventure is the theme here. As you walk or run this trail, you will cross a bridge and pass by creek and soccer fields. Tennis buffs will also enjoy the courts here for a round or two before or after their hike.

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Panola Mountain State Park
2600 Highway 155
Stockbridge, GA 30281
(770) 389-7801 ‎

www.gastateparks.org

At this hiking venue, you can enjoy Ranger-led hides to the top of the mountain. Register in advance for these hikes that feature the reason this specific park is so important to the region’s ecosystem. Also, many kids each summer enjoy multiple-activity day camps here that take use of nature’s amazing trails at Panola Mountain State Park. One of your most convenient trails, this park is only 15 minutes from most places in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail
86 Pryor St. S.E., Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 614-8300
www.beltline.org

The Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail is along an old rail corridor, which gives it a totally different urban feel from the other hiking trails. It starts at the tips of Piedmont Park, which is a place where lots of outdoor fun activity begins. There are various entrance points throughout the city. Check out this map to see where you want your urban adventure to begin. At a length of 2.2 miles long, it is very doable for all levels of hikers. Even though it is in the city, Trees Atlanta is responsible for adding 600 tress to the trail. Make use of this urban experience today where there were once over 100 acres of Kudzu.

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Ava Roxanne Stritt is a Freelance Travel Writer and the editor of SpaTravelGal.com in Atlanta. She has more than 25,000 Twitter followers and additional others on her numerous platforms. Her areas of expertise include spa travel, luxury resorts, North American travel, Caribbean travel and travel in Britain. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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