It’s hard to explore the storied wildlands of Georgia without mentioning the Civil War, blood, or guns. In this post, we tour old Rebel staking grounds, an infamous peak, a few segments of America’s first long trail, and a road bike ride the college-town of Athens.
#1: Blood Mountain (Hiking)
This 5.5-mile loop in Chattahoochee National Forest follows a leg of the Appalachian Trail and provides long views across the Blue Ridge peaks.
#2: Kennesaw Mountain (Hiking)
Tour a southern Civil War battleground on this 15.8-miler that offers Atlanta dayhikers multiple opportunities to experience their own journey through time.
#3: Duncan Ridge (Section 2A) (Hiking)
A classic Appalachian ridge hike, this 11-mile shuttle tackles numerous knobs and summits under heavy canopy with occasional Blue Ridge views.
#4: Watson Mill Loop (Road Biking)
Combine the best parts of Athens' road riding on this 56-mile loop that cruises red-clay backroads, the state's longest covered bridge, and miles of open countryside.
#5: Amicalola Falls State Park - Len Foote Hike Inn to Springer Mountain
Hike from Amicalola Falls State Park in northern Georgia to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain on this 16.2-mile loop.
#6: Smith Creek Trail - Unicoi State Park to Anna Ruby Falls (Hiking)
A really nice five mile hike (one way) up to Anna Ruby Falls. The sign says three hours to complete, but I did it (slowly) together with my eleven year old son and it took us about 2hrs 40min.