It’s no secret that North Georgia contains some of the best hiking trails in the country! With its abundance of waterfalls, streams, and scenic overlook areas, this region is the perfect destination for those searching for adventure. One of our favorite trails to explore here is the Yonah Mountain Trail. Below, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about this fantastic outdoor destination!
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What You Need to Know About the Yonah Mountain Trail
Where Is the Yonah Mountain Trail?
You’ll find the Yonah Mountain Trail just 25 miles southwest of Glen-Ella Springs Inn in Helen, Georgia. This beautiful trail is approximately 4.6 miles long and winds through the beloved Chattahoochee National Forest. The trail is open year-round and no permits are required to hike here. There’s also free Yonah Mountain parking at the end of the gravel road right next to the trailhead. This trail is considered moderate in difficulty despite its short length. You’ll certainly gain some elevation as you ascend Mount Yonah!
What Should I Bring When Hiking the Yonah Mountain Trail?
This trail is one of the best spots for hiking in North Georgia! Hiking boots with good traction and comfortable activewear are essential when hiking the Yonah Mountain Trail. In addition to plenty of water and protein-packed snacks, you should also bring along your camera to capture the many amazing views you’re bound to witness!
What Will I See Along the Yonah Mountain Trail?
As you ascend Mount Yonah, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding North Georgia mountains. This trail’s rock face overlooks provide some of the most incredible views you’ve ever seen! We highly recommend exercising caution as you hike this trail; these exposed, high-elevation spots aren’t fenced in, and you could fall if you get too close to the edge. If you’re an experienced rock climber, you can try Yonah Mountain climbing at the base of its main face. A few more things you’ll encounter along the trail include a small footbridge, stone staircases, boulders, and, of course, jaw-dropping sights. You’ll also see some of North Georgia’s famous mountain laurel flowers scattered along this trail and a ranger training ground with public restrooms.
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