Explore Appalachian Trail: Georgia: Best Day Hikes - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This month marks the 80th anniversary of the #AppalachianTrail, which passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. . With so many access points along its approximate 2,190-mile route, this trail is not only an excellent option for thru-hikers and section-hikers, but also day-hikers and those looking to escape into nature for a few hours. . To honor the Appalachian Trail, we have compiled a list state by state of some of our favorite day hikes along the AT. Check out this list for Georgia and help us celebrate the legacy and natural wonder of this trail!

Appalachian Trail: Georgia: Best Day Hikes Map

Was a great short hike for the family. Youngest being seven years old. Nice trail, great views and not crowded on a weekday in February.

Such a beautiful view at Preachers Rock! When you first come up to the trail you can go left of right... no idea where left goes, but right goes up to Preachers Rock so if that’s where you’re trying to go, take the trail to the right!

Watch out for ice and mud, but the trail is in good shape.

I love the view in the winter

Moderate hike up. Several view opportunities. If you get an early start, you will likely face a crowded trail if you backtrack down. i suggest doing the loop which imcludes the Freeman Trail, to avoid. Tried to give a 3 Star but app wouldn't allow.

As always... a great hike. Went the day after the Super Blue Blood Moon.
The day was bright the skies were clear. Views were wonderful.
Left Blood and went and did Yonah for a STUNNING sunset.
Such an all around GREAT day!

Terrific trail. Probably crowded when it’s not winter because it’s easy. Most anyone can do it imo.

One of my favorite trails! Definitely a little difficult, but you'll be fully rewarded with the view at the top!

it's okay in the winter

Loved It! We are trying to get ready for a spring break vacation that is going to require hiking and climbing. This was a great start. My 15 year old loved it.. my 10 year old not so much (Her legs are a little shorter and the climbing was a little much) Warnings: We went later in the day and both the parking and the trails were super crowded. I must say that although they were super crowded, it was with very nice young people and dogs. Also, we went when the paths were fairly muddy and slippery. You might want to bring a change of clothes and shoes. This is definitely a hiking boot type of hike. I highly recommend it!

I started my hike at Hogpen Gap. Hogpen Gap to Cowrock Mtn.
Since I can’t/couldn’t find a check-in for that, I just used this one. Close enough.
Hiked up from Hogpen and down to Whitley Gap Shelter then back up to Wildcat Mtn down to Tesnatee Gap and then up to Cowrock Mtn.
6.2 miles total.
The trail to Whitley Shelter has a couple amazing views and campsites along the way. The hike down the Shelter is easy, the hike back out and up is not quite so easy. It’s a little bit of a climb.
Hiking up Wildcat from the Shelter Trail was pretty easy, not bad at all. The decent down Wildcat was a breeze to Tesnatee Gap. Climbing up Cowrock Mtn was a little challenging but not bad. It’s a long climb up. The views at the top are stunning! There are three (+) scenic camping spots up there. Two of which are off on a pig trail and need to be looked for to find. I’ll include these in my photos on here.
The descent down Cowrock back to Tesnatee was quick and easy. The climb up Wildcat from Tesnatee... is TOUGH!
Lots of beautiful views to be seen. Giant boulders and rocks along the trail. Snow still laying around. A few icy spots. Several muddy spots. To be expected of course.
Overall GREAT hike! Enjoyed the day SO much.

Absolutely stunning views at Preachers Rock

Great hike some ice on the trail but you could bypass most icy patches. This hike was recommended by a few websites as a top winter hike in north GA. They were right beautiful Mountain View’s all the way. Be sure to climb the rocks by the shelter at the summit that’s where the best views are.. as far as difficulty I would say moderate to hard but defiantly I saw dogs and children that made it to the summit with no problems.

Cold as it gets. Hit the trail at 8:30 this morning and the air temperature was at 7. Beautiful views and vistas although I only spent about 15 minutes at the top.
Trail conditions: deep frozen tundra with some slick spots along the hike.

The road will wreck your car! Almost made it there, then with 2.2ish miles to go and the road was impassable. Really pissed off because the only option was to turn around and travel 12 miles back down the mountain. You will feel defeated if you try and make the journey in a car. I’m sure it’s a great hike if you can get there. Good luck!!!

Great short easy trail with a great waterfall at the end. Great for groups of people, families and/or people with no hiking experience.

Solid short easy trail. It’s a decent ascent on the way up, but it’s short and the hike down is super easy. Once you get to the first view keep walking for a hundred yards or so and an even better view opens up on the left side

Be sure not to miss all the side trails on the way up, many more smaller falls and sights.

Great scenic views nearing the summit, best one before you reach the shelter. Freeman trail relatively easy but has some great rock scrambles. Get there early as parking is limited.

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