Mountain summits, tumbling waterfalls, mossy creeks, flora and fauna draw casual hikers and experienced backpackers alike to north Georgia, home of the southernmost point on the Appalachian Trail. Visitors can take on a portion of the infamous Appalachian Trail as well as a number of other trails within an hour of our north Georgia bed and breakfast. To help you decide which north Georgia hiking trails you should tackle, here are seven of our favorites.
For a challenging Appalachian Trail experience, start a hike at the Unicoi Gap trailhead and follow it east toward Rocky Mountain. The trail climbs an aggressive 1,000 feet up the western slope of Rocky Mountain and offers expansive mountain and forest views. At the beginning of your trek, grab a snapshot of the bronze-plaqued boulder commemorating the Appalachian Trail. Difficulty: Strenuous.
Offering views of five different waterfalls, the Panther Creek Trail is a popular hike for locals and tourists alike, so go mid-week for more solitude. Difficulty: Moderate.
The Broad River Trail is perfect for novice hikers. It winds through one of the richest archeological areas in Georgia alongside Dicks Creek and the Broad River. Enjoy numerous cascades and flirt with the mountain stream along the way. Hiking boots are recommended as the stream may flirt back, crossing the trail, from time to time. Difficulty: Novice.
Enjoy the serenity of the dark hills and mountain streams in Black Rock State Mountain Park, the highest state park in Georgia. The Edmonds Trail will challenge you with steeply rising and falling elevations but the amazing views you gain of the Appalachian Mountains will be worth it. Difficulty: Strenuous.
The prize for tackling this North Georgia hiking trail is a double-sprouted waterfall at the end. Difficulty: Moderate.
Hikers of all ages can enjoy the 2.7-mile loop of Sourwood Trail that offers observations of both scenery and wildlife. Look for Nancytown Falls just one mile into the trail and a beaver pond just beyond the falls. Difficulty: Novice.
Visit Lady Slipper Trail in the spring or summer to witness wildflowers blooming in a rainbow of colors. The Lady Slipper Trail is pedestrian and horse friendly and winds through wooded areas and hillsides. The panoramic views are inspiring any time of the year. Difficulty: Moderate.
No matter your skill level, we can find a hiking trail for you to enjoy in north Georgia. We strive to make your entire experience in north Georgia enjoyable when you stay at Glen-Ella Springs Inn. From dining in our award-winning restaurant to relaxing in one of our beautifully appointed rooms, your north Georgia vacation will be the ideal getaway at Glen-Ella Springs. Book your getaway today!
Photo courtesy of Mark Larson.