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Best Trails near Athens, Georgia

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on Sandy Creek Lakeside Trai...
4 months ago

hiking

We logged 7.5 miles on the trail. Wetland area is beautiful

on The State Botanical Garde...
5 months ago

I used to run these trails all the time when I went to UGA. I like to do the widest loop possible- orange and white trails. Some parts get pretty technical but the whole trail system is beautiful and well maintained. Athens is so lucky to have this!

on Sandy Creek Lakeside Trai...
5 months ago

hiking

A little surprisingly steep in places, but on the whole a surprising good hike for your typical round-the-lake loop. Some truly breathtaking overlooks on the lake when the trail runs down the shore. Close by, well-maintained and a nice length.

on The State Botanical Garde...
6 months ago

Love it's beauty!

on The State Botanical Garde...
6 months ago

hiking

Awesome and beautiful place to be on a sunny day!!

on Cook's Trail
6 months ago

Muddy trail, and we had to turn back about a mile from the Nature Center because it was completely washed out and my dog can't do the whole log-bridge thing. Overall though I love walking this trail every chance I get.

on The State Botanical Garde...
7 months ago

trail running

Dogs are not allowed on garden premises at all anymore, including walking trails.

on Sandy Creek Lakeside Trai...
8 months ago

hiking

Longer than you might think, but not too strenuous. There are a few mild grades but the trail is well maintained and smooth. The scenery isn't much but it's a nice peaceful walk in the woods.

on Cook's Trail
10 months ago

hiking

The Cooks Trail hike in Oct. right after many days of rain a couple of weeks earlier expected it to be sloppy. Was not sloppy. Was pleasantly surprised at the lack of mud. Wonderful hike right by Sandy Creek, flat and lots of plants and vegetation. No wildlife this time.

on Sandy Creek Lakeside Trai...
10 months ago

Great low key hike. I'm out here often with my dog. At a nice leisure pace, it generally takes me 2.5 hours.

on Sandy Creek Lakeside Trai...
11 months ago

hiking

It wasn't hard but it was a bit more than easy. You def had to pay attention. Really nice because it was more than walking on a trail and less than hiking a mountain. And 7 miles is nothing to sneeze at :). Enjoy!

on Cook's Trail
1 year ago

hiking

Named after an amazing man who has made and continues to up keep over 80 trails. He is an icon in the hiking community Dr Walter Cook, we thank you!

on The State Botanical Garde...
1 year ago

hiking

More of a running trail, nice shady and spots for a picnic.