Atlanta area trails are considered a hiker’s dream come true. Home to several parks and trails, choice is never an issue. Trails in the area offer different paths, terrains and experiences, so visit the websites for additional information and make sure to check the weather before heading out. Hikers looking for a day or overnight experience will very much enjoy any of these trails.
Dowdell’s Knob Loop
FD Roosevelt State Park
2970 GA-190
Pine Mountain, GA 31822
(706) 663-4858
gastateparks.org/FDRoosevelt

Dowdell Knob Loop is a little over four miles and connected to Boot Top Trail. The look can be accessed at the Dowdell Knob Trailhead parking area off of GA 190. During fall and winter (October – March) the trail is open until 5:00 p.m. and from March and until September to 8:00 p.m.  Hikers and backpackers can leave their vehicles overnight at the Dowdell Knob Trailhead parking lot, but put your permit on your dash to avoid being towed. This is a great trail for hikers of all ages.

Pine Mountain Trail To Cascade Falls
FD Roosevelt State Park
2970 GA-190
Pine Mountain, GA 31822
(706) 663-4858
gastateparks.org

Hikers find over 40 miles of different style paths within Georgia’s largest historic state park. Almost 9,000 acres long, the trails wind through a wooded terrain, around a lakeside campground and F.D. Roosevelt’s adorable white house. Mountains on the south side of Atlanta are not common and that makes this place particularly special. The park’s trails are prefect for the day, or bring a tent and stay the night. Hikers will love the quaint and beautiful area.

Amicalola Falls
418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road
Dawsonville, GA 30534
(706) 265-8888
www.amicalolafallslodge.com

Amicalola Falls is home to the New Appalachian Approach Trail.  The area is the tallest cascading waterfall in the southeast and considered to be the park’s most scenic route. Strategically set next to the creek and waterfall, the scenery is absolutely beautiful. The trail is known for its steep slopes and stairs, so get ready to move. Hikers trek one mile to get to the falls overlook and 7.5 miles to Springer Mountain. It’s a great terrain and environment to enjoy a nice winter’s hike.

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Appalachian Trail
Springer Mountain – Start of trail.
Forest Service Road 42
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
(706) 632-5680
www.blueridgemountains.com

This winter trail is designed for hikers who love snow.To find the starting point of the Appalachian Trail, go to Springer Mountain in Fannin County. From October to April hikers are likely to see snow, so bring your snow gear. The trail stretches over 2000 miles from Springer Mountain Georgia to Mount Katahdin, in Maine. For hikers who enjoy rugged terrain and beautiful views, this trail is great for you.

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Red Top Mountain State Park
50 Lodge Road SE
Cartersville, GA 30102
(770) 975-4226
www.gastateparks.org

Red Top Mountain is a great place to hike.  Hiking trails are surrounded by 12,000 acres of lakes and 1700 acres of land that makes Red Top Mountain one of Georgia’s best places for hiking.  The park has cabins, yurts and campgrounds, so hike for the day or bring camping gear and stay overnight. Red Top Mountain is not only scenic but considered a hiker’s paradise. Anyone looking for beautiful hiking trails should visit the park’s website for more information.

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