Explore the Trails of Northern Georgia
North Georgia is well known for its beautiful and diverse hiking trails. Many of them rank as tops in all of the United States, and even the world. With more than 300 miles of trails to explore, you’ll be able to escape into nature and indulge in the serene beauty all while breathing in the crisp Georgia mountain air.
Hike the Appalachian Trail
The Scenic Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world. The trail goes through fourteen states along the peaks and valleys of the Appalachian mountain and it all starts right here in North Georgia. Mountain adventures come from all over the globe to experience all that the Appalachian Trail encompasses, whether it be to get in touch with nature and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, or to meet with other travelers and rekindle friendships along the way, this graceful path will take you through the most stunning sights of the North Georgia Mountains.
The famous Appalachian Trail begins with the Benton MacKaye trail and elegantly winds throughout North Georgia. The Aska Trail Area is great for both novice hikers and the more experienced footers alike and is great for biking as well. The 17-mile-long path is open year long and starts on Aska Road in Blue Ridge.
Visit the Ocoee Whitewater Center
The Ocoee Whitewater Center isn’t just great for water sports, but it also has a one-mile hiking trail that crosses a 330 ft suspension bridge. The great thing about this trail is that it is completely accessible to anyone who is physically challenged and craving to get a taste of North Georgia nature. For hikers and bikers there are 30 miles of trails that are perfect for family bike rides.
If you’re feeling ambitious, The Cohutta Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountain chain, provide a rugged terrain and a wide range of elevations for more challenging hikes though the wilderness. Trails in the Cohuttas spread through a 34,102 acre wilderness area. Jack’s River Trail will lead you on a beautiful, yet arduous trek through the mountains.
No matter which trail you decide to conquer, one thing is certain: the North Georgia Mountains are thriving with beauty and what better way to experience their elegance than going deep within nature and exploring their wonder first hand.
Blue Ridge, Ga:
544 East Main Street Suite 3 Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Rent Mountain bikes by the hour or by the day. A great source for the hundreds of miles of local trails, also handle repairs and parts.
The Aska Trails Area is a 17-mile hiking-mountain biking trail system in the National Forest near Deep Gap on Aska Road in Blue Ridge. Trails range from one to 5.5 miles and vary in difficulty. Trails climb to 3,200 feet with views of mountain ridges and descend to the shores of Lake Blue Ridge. A hiker can expect to hike through forested areas with mature hardwoods and thickets of mountain laurel and rhododendron. Trail heads are located at Deep Gap, Stanley Gap, Shady Falls Road and Forest Road 711 by way of Campbell Camp Road. Parking fee is $2 per vehicle. Bulletin boards at trail heads show maps of the area and the trail system. The Aska Trails system includes the following trails.
Stanley Gap Trail – 5.5 miles
Green Mountain Trail – 4.6 miles
Flat Creek Loop – 5.8 miles
Stanley Gap/ Flat Creek Connector – .1 mile Long Branch Loop – 2.0 miles
Long Creek Falls
The most popular of the waterfalls in Fannin County is Long Creek Falls, which can be seen by hiking down a short side trail from the combined Appalachian/Benton/MacKaye Trail. These falls total about 50 feet in two distinct drops. A leisurely 30-minute hike to the falls is uphill on the way in, downhill on the way out.
Falls Branch Falls
The upper portion of Fall Branch Falls is a series of cascades that lead to a single major drop of some 30 feet, with the water plunging into a deep pool at the base of the falls. These falls, along the Benton MacKaye Trail west of Aska Road are a shorter, although a bit harder walk than Long Creek Falls.
Georgia’s Highest Mountain with a panoramic view of 4 states! Video presentations, access to four hiking trails ranging from 1/2 to 6 miles in length. Picnic tables and snack food concessions at parking area and interpretive material from Chattahoochee/Oconee Heritage Association in gift shop.
Track Rock Petroglyphs
Information at: Brasstown Bald Ranger Station
1881 Hwy 515, Blairsville, GA 30514
One of the best-known of the petroglyph, or marked stone, sites in north Georgia. It consists of 6 table-sized soapstone boulders, containing hundreds of symbols, carved or pecked into surfaces.
Cartecay Bike Shop
(706) 635-2453 (BIKE)
123 North Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540
Store Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm – 6pm & Sat 9am – 3pm
Hike North Georgia
(706) 698-4453 (HIKE)
583 Highland Crossing, Suite 230, East Ellijay, GA
Located on Hwy 515 in the Highland Crossing Shopping Center (same as Super Wal-Mart) across the street from Subway and O’Reilly Auto.
Ellijay Area Trails
(706) 334-2248 for info from US Army Corps of Engineers
There area many good places that can be easily accessed from this North Georgia town. The Eastern side of the Cohutta area is one of them.
- River Loop*which is about 3.5 miles
- Red & White Loop*2.5 miles, are two good trails which are close to town. They are about 5 miles east of Ellijay on GA 52.
- Ridgeway Mountain Bike Trail*is a 6 mile loop with other short trails connecting to it. They are located in Ridgeway Park at Carters Lake. There is a primitive Campground in the park. It is about 8 miles West of Ellijay.
Copperhill, TN & McCaysville, GA:
Ocoee Whitewater Center
(423) 496-5197 or (877) 692-6050
One of the legacies of the 1996 Summer Olympics, the Ocoee Whitewater Center was the location of the Canoe, Kayak and Slalom events, and was built by the U.S. Forest Service to host the athletes and tourists taking in the games.
In addition to whitewater sports, the center has a one-mile hiking trail, which crosses a 330-foot suspension bridge and circles the center. The trail is entirely accessible for those who are physically challenged. There are an additional 20 miles of trails for hikers and mountain bikers, including the Bear Paw Trail and the Chestnut Mountain Trail, both of which are loops. A recent addition, the Thunder Rock Express, has received a lot of positive comments from bikers. Great spot to pick up brochures, maps and information about the area. The center has a deli on site with sandwiches, chips and drinks & a great gift shop. The center is surrounded by lush landscape creating beautiful photographic opportunities and there are swimming holes, picnic areas, a native garden, hiking and mountain biking trails, a gift shop and much more.
Ocoee Adventure Center
(888) 723-8622 www.ocoeeadventurecenter.com
4651 Highway 64, Copperhill, TN 37317
Guided trail rides around the Ocoee River Trails & Old Copper Road, even a multi-day trip through the Cherokee National Forest!
Fields of the Wood Bible Park
10000 Hwy 294, Murphy, NC 28906
DiscoverTheSmokies.com proclaimed Fields of the Wood Park the 2003 Number One Family Attraction in the Smokies Area! The park is open year round from sunrise to sunset and it is FREE to stop by and tour the grounds. Home of the world’s largest Ten Commandments, alter, and New Testament, also has replica’s of Golgotha and Joseph’s tomb. Hidden Treasures gift shop & the Burger Mountain Cafe are on site. There are also hiking and picnicking spots and any local will tell you Fields of the Woods is a favorite venue for spectacular lighted Christmas displays.