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!

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Definitely a moderately difficult hike. The first half from the gap isn’t very strenuous, but you’ll know when you hit the halfway point because you start to gain elevation quickly. The summit is a cool view but it’s pretty small and is better in the fall and winter when the leaves aren’t blocking most of it. It was mostly just good cardio.

Except for the “road” that took us to the parking spot at the start, conditions were great. Weather perfect. Trail well maintained. There was another way in to the parking spot that I would suggest anyone that doesn’t have a high vehicle with 4 wheel drive use. There are also other parking lots around Springer and the Benton MacKaye trail that would put you in the area.

Good hike. Not too heavy on elevation change outside of the start from stairs at the falls. I’m a novice hiker, so the distance caught up with me. Was able to average 23 minute miles and wrap up the round trip just over 6 hours. Carries 3L of water and lunch. Weather was great and the trail was well marked. Recommend getting an early start if you’re questioning completing the round trip. The trail was quiet early, but got increasingly busier on the return trip. Waterfall was extremely busy; suggest taking a side trail in if you’re concerned about too many people (COVID). Definitely worth hitting the falls on the way out, though.

Enjoyed the trail... It was a cloudy day but still enjoyed the hike! Perfect challenge for our kids

It was a great trail. No more closed signs like other hikers reported. We saw just two groups of people the entire hike. The last 10 miles to get to the trailhead was a dirt and rock road- a little rough on a sedan but smaller cars were doing it- mostly it was trucks and keeps though. Took 45 minutes to drive the last 10 miles.

Only did about 3 miles in to the Chattahoochee Trail (which is brutal). Not really any great views from this trail, but it did have a few camping spots. No water sources that I saw.

a bit strenuous, the views are worth it. wildflowers are starting to bloom. would recommend this hike, as I've done it a few times now and it never gets old. got to see an awesome storm in the distance.

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rocky
7 days ago

Great trail! Visited here on May 24th. Keep in mind that the trailhead starts at Byron Reese trailhead, which is open for parking. I would suggest getting there early before 10 to snag a parking spot, or you will be walking. It’s not a difficult trail if you’re in moderate shape, but it will make you sweat! There are some rocky areas in the middle of the trail, but then it levels off at the top to a great view along the Appalachian trail. It took us about an hour to reach the top with no breaks. Total time out and back was about two hours and fifteen minutes.

Jonathan Steinmetz's review below is spot on. Doing this hike in May, the main difference is that the greenery at the top of Tray Mountain is fairly overgrown, obscuring the viewpoint a bit. Not sure if this is the case all summer long, but when I went, there were also a LOT of flies at the top of Tray Mountain. After taking a quick look at the top, I opted to go back down about a fifth of a mile to the smaller overlook point where there weren't as many flies to sit and eat lunch. Beware, I did find a little hitchhiker (aka a tick) on the back of my leg once I got up to head back down the mountain. You may want to bring along a pad to sit on, or at the very least just make sure you do a tick check here and there if you're hiking in the spring or summer. Overall, this was a very pleasant hike - perfect if you're looking for something a little more strenuous but doable in half a day (I finished this hike in 4.5 hours including rest time). Bring at least 1.5 or 2 liters of water and some trekking poles and you'll be in for a good time.

I would definitely recommend this trail! There are multiple look out points towards the top of blood mountain. The blood mountain shelter is at the top.

Short but difficult trail- rocky and a steep incline. Worth the view when you get to the top.

Awesome and challenging hike. Saw a big black bear run across the trail about 39 yards or so in front of me. Got an ok video.

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rocky
8 days ago

Beautiful hike that’s challenging enough to get you sweating, especially on the way up. The views are absolutely gorgeous at the top, a few different areas to look out from. Highly recommend & dog friendly!

The AT portions of the trail were pretty packed.

Awesome super Rocky and steep

Great trail with lots of camping spots and amazing waterfall!

rocky
12 days ago

Don't know why it says Neel's gap, when the recording actually starts at Byron Reese trailhead. Visited this trail on May 16th, 2020. The trailhead parking for Byron Reese was closed but the parking for the visitor center/Neel's Gap was open. So walked from the visitor center to Byron Reese, which was 0.6 miles. started at about 1pm for the hike. with a break for lunch and maybe 4 more mini breaks, It took about 3 hours and 45 minutes to finish the entire hike and to get back to the car. The hike was strenuous. Make sure to bring plenty of water, at least a liter. Hiking sticks will be helpful since it's rocky and steep incline. When you get to the very end, there is a shelter and one picture worth taking.

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15 days ago

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scramble
18 days ago

This trail was tougher than we anticipated. The stairs at the beginning with a loaded pack (18 lbs) was tough...went to Springer overnight and back down the next day. Camped in a surprise thunderstorm with hail. it was an amazing lesson in survival! I recommend trekking poles...they saved me on the way down. We took the alternate trail to finish and avoided the stairs...some nice boulder/rock hopping this way. Will definitely do it again.

Difficult for beginners but amazing views at the top!

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21 days ago

I love it !!!!

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