It’s Trail Blazing Season

It’s Trail Blazing Season

Hiking fans and outdoors enthusiasts – it’s time to start checking your gear and packing your backpacks for some summertime exploring! Finally, the weather is warm, the birds are chirping, and the fresh air is calling us outdoors. Atlanta is called the “city in a forest” for a reason, one of those being the convenience of nearby trails due to an expansive tree canopy. Here are some of our favorites:

Brasstown Bald

Take a day trip to the trailhead of Brasstown Bald, the tallest summit in Georgia, and you will be rewarded with 360 degree views of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Though a short nine-mile hike, the 4,784-foot elevation of the mountain peak is plenty worth the drive to North Georgia. Since there is no physical address for the hiking area, we suggest using the longitude and latitude coordinates for the intersection of Highway 180 and Spur 180 which are N34.847894, W83.798567.

Blood Mountain

Heading north in the opposite direction from Brasstown Bald, you can reach the trailhead for Blood Mountain, the highest summit of the Appalachian Trail located in Georgia. If your hiking priorities include beautiful views, you will not be disappointed by the long-range vistas that occur throughout the ascent to the peak. The adventure begins at the Byron Reece Trailhead near Neels Gap. Byron Reece Memorial Trail, Blairsville, Ga. 30512

Panther Creek Falls

When TLC said, “don’t go chasin’ waterfalls,” they must not have ever witnessed the natural elegance of Panther Creek Falls. Offering a lush stretch of the Chattahoochee National Forest, the Panther Creek hiking trail explores seven miles of whitewater rapids leading to refreshing swimming holes. We highly recommend visiting on especially steamy summer days. 4061 Old Historic U.S.441, Clarkesville, Ga. 30523

Sweetwater Creek State Park

Sweetwater Creek State Park, located just outside city limits, captures metro Atlanta’s history and most scenic nature views. With more than nine miles of trails, Sweetwater Creek State Park permits adventurers to experience whitewater rapids, moderate elevation changes, and up-close access to ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a 19th century cotton mill burned to the ground by the Union Army during the Civil War. 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs, Ga. 30122

Red Top Mountain State Park
Red Top Mountain State Park on Lake Allatoona boasts more than 15 miles of hiking trails, a swimming beach, 18 cottages and 92 campsites. This area offers something for everyone to enjoy. 50 Lodge Road SE Acworth, Ga. 30102

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