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10 Amazing Hiking Trails Near Atlanta

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Although Atlanta has a happening night scene (and let’s face it, a day scene too!), but you shouldn’t miss out on the more natural side of Georgia. With its lush scenery, history, and mild winters, there isn’t a bad time to explore its greener side. So grab your hiking boots or some sturdy sneakers and check out the best hiking trails near Atlanta.


You love nature, but you also love, you know, not working hard for it

Piedmont Park


 Piedmont Park Loop

  • Distance from downtown Atlanta: 4.0 miles
  • Distance: 2.5 miles
  • Trail type: Loop

Piedmont Park is an organic retreat in the ATL. Take in the fresh air, check out sculptures by local artists, and take in picture-perfect lake views. If you need a reminder of where you are, Atlanta’s downtown can be seen just over the tree line.

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Island Ford North Loop Trail

  • Distance from downtown Atlanta: 12.0 miles
  • Distance: 2.8 miles
  •  Trail type: Loop

What this hike lacks in distance, it makes up for with beautiful scenery and wildlife. Come early in the morning to enjoy misty river views and gentle rapids flowing over slate-gray shoals.

Freedom Park

Freedom Path

  • Distance from downtown Atlanta: 3 miles
  • Distance: 8 miles
  • Trail type: Out & back

This may be an urban hiking trail, but don’t let its city roots fool you. The trail starts from the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park and continues through a number of green spaces that include art sculptures right along the trail.


You don’t need a Sherpa, but a pair of hikers will do you good

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

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Vickery Creek Trail

  • Distance from downtown Atlanta: 12.0 miles
  • Distance: 3.5 miles
  • Trail type: Loop

This trail is one of the more popular places to hike near Atlanta, and it’s easy to see why. Paths wind up and down stairs, across covered bridges, and near a cascading waterfall. And yes, you can definitely cool off in the waterfall or one of the many swimming holes in the area.

Lullwater Preserve

Lullwater Loop

  • Distance from downtown Atlanta: 13 miles
  • Distance: 4.0 miles
  •  Trail type: Loop

Right in the middle of Emory University’s campus is the Lullwater Preserve. The variety of crossings—  rock, pipe, and a suspension bridge—will keep you on your toes.

Sweetwater Creek State Park

White Trail

  • Distance from downtown Atlanta: 18.8 miles
  • Distance: 3.0 miles
  • Trail type: Loop

This happening trail is filled with Sweetwater Creek highlights. The last leg features several Civil War- era ruins. Sit back and enjoy the rapids and marvel at how nature always finds a way to reclaim the past.

Sawnee Mountain Preserve

Indian Seats Trail Loop

  • Distance from downtown Atlanta: 42 miles
  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Trail type: Loop

Get your camera ready, because this hike offers incredible panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are plenty of resting spots along the trail thanks to various rock formations and observation decks. We suggest planning a trip here in autumn so you can take in all that beautiful fall foliage.


Come with the right gear and right attitude and be rewarded with an amazing hike

Chattahoochee National Forest

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Byron Reece Trail at Neels Gap

  • Distance from downtown Atlanta: 100 miles
  • Distance: 1.5 miles
  • Trail type: Out & back

While this trail doesn’t go over the entire Appalachian Trail, it does let you sample a little bit from a typical hiker’s bucket list. This trail winds through mossy, creek-filled forest, up shaded switchbacks, and across cool clear springs.

Chattahoochee National Forest

Emery Creek Falls Trail

  • Distance from downtown Atlanta: 93 miles (near Ellijay, GA)
  • Distance: 4.3 miles
  • Trail type: Out & back

Nestled in northwest Georgia is a lush forest and a pair of stunningly picturesque waterfalls. This trail requires some patience and surefootedness, not to mention some shoes you don’t mind getting wet, but once you take in that cascading water you’ll know it’s worth it.

Chattahoochee National Forest

Panther Creek Trail from Yonah Dam

  • Distance from downtown Atlanta: 112 miles
  • Distance: 4.7 miles
  • Trail type: Out & back

This is the infamous backway to the super-popular Panther Creek Falls. Expect steep drop-offs, obstructed trails, and slippery rock crossings. Still, you’ll get a less crowded trail, exceptionally beautiful views, and several sandy beaches and caves to explore.

Next time you head to Atlanta, pack a pair of hiking shoes. You just may feel the need to get out there and live more of the good life—naturally.

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