Take A Hike!

Forego the crowded stores on Black Friday and enjoy a peaceful day of hiking in the north Georgia mountains instead.  You won’t feel guilty eating those mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie if you know you’ll be burning them off.  We’re sharing our 3 favorite hiking spots, so all you have to do is plug your destination into your GPS and go!

Amicalola Falls

Amicalola Falls

Amicalola Falls between Dahlonega and Ellijay

This spot has super easy access from Atlanta which makes it a popular destination.  There is a short but steep hike up to the falls that is very popular and usually crowded.  You can hike 8.5 miles (basically all uphill) to Springer Mountain, which is the start of the Appalachian Trail.  It’s a tough hike and some thru hikers who plan on doing the entire AT give up on day 1!  For the serious hiker, you can hike all the way to the start and back in the same day.  Visit the website for more info:  http://www.gastateparks.org/AmicalolaFalls

 

Aska Area Trail System in Blue Ridge, GA

ASKA Area Trail System
Photo by Steve Boutcher

This trail system has 17 miles of trails and is sure to have something for hikers of all levels.  You can hike to Lake Blue Ridge, along creeks, up steep ridges, or on relatively flat land.  The system has multiple trail heads which are all close to the mountain town of Blue Ridge.  If you have time to stop for dinner in Blue Ridge, try my favorite restaurant, Harvest on Main. Visit the website for more info:   http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5109524.pdf

 

 Cohutta Wilderness Area outside of Blue Ridge and Ellijay

In my opinion, the best, most wild hiking in Georgia.  The Jacks and Conasauga Rivers run

Cohutta Wilderness

Cohutta Wilderness

through this area and the trails that bear their name include dozens of river crossings.  These trails are great to cool off in during the summer and great for solitude in the winter.  The Wilderness area includes 95 miles of trails that can be used for day hikes or week long backpacking trips. Visit their website for more info:  http://www.wilderness.net/NWPS/wildView?WID=130

For more hiking and camping information try Triple Blaze.  They have trail and campsite reviews, a great mobile app, and lots of fun outdoor information.

Justin Landis — 404-803-0471

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