Looking for a great trail in Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia? AllTrails has 74 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 40 moderate trails in Chattahoochee National Forest ranging from 0.9 to 19.1 miles and from 892 to 3,809 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

forest

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views

wildlife

nature trips

dogs on leash

walking

river

bird watching

wild flowers

waterfall

running

backpacking

camping

mountain biking

kid friendly

dog friendly

lake

fishing

ohv / off road driving

The Chattahoochee National Forest covers 749,689 acres in north Georgia, managed by six ranger districts. Over 40 percent of the land in Fannin County is national forest land (106,000 acres). 40,006 acres are located in the Cohutta Ranger District and 66,097 in the Blue Ridge Ranger District. The forest receives more than 10 million visitors each year.

closed
over grown
washed out
1 day ago

There is a workaround for the closed gate. Trees are down but not completely blocking the trail. If you have a chainsaw then bring it with you. If we all work together then they’ll stop closing trails. Be prepared to turn around BEFORE you ascend the hill at the end, you do not want to back down that part.

backpacking
4 days ago

1/19 - 1/20 - 9 year old daughter’s first backpacking trip. She had an awesome time. Trail is easy to moderate and made it a pleasant experience for her. Camped at “hippy beach”. Only 2 down trees on the trail that she had to climb over.

hiking
muddy
5 days ago

Short hike but worth the view of waterfall

hiking
blowdown
6 days ago

We got a late start so we just did a short lunch trip to the second fire ring so we could spend a little time along the Conasauga River. The trail is in good shape overall but there are a lot of blowdowns (most are easy to get around but there are a couple that required more negotiating). We'll be coming back when we get a better start.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
6 days ago

hiking
rocky
6 days ago

Great trail! Very scenic and a nice challenge. The 1st 1.5 miles is all down hill. You will cross many mutiple wet zones. Be sure to have a waterproof mid to high boot. The last 2miles of the "out" (of the out and back), is a serious climb. Nearly a 1000' ascent. Plenty of great places to primative camp along the way with many opportunity near fresh water. The trail head says 3.7miles to the AT. My Garmin Fenix5 identified the total distance, out and back, at 7.60 miles.

Up the trail and back down the gravel road made for a nice 4 mile loop ifntoubstart from the cemetary.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
6 days ago

Trail had some downed tress at the beginning but not surprised agywr the storms the day before. other than that was great.

backpacking
rocky
washed out
7 days ago

Recent burn. Downed limbs. Much “recreation” camping early in the trail.

Hiked the purple trail because it is a large loop. The purple trail consists of 3 trails: the Bull Moutain Trail [223], the Lance Creek Trail [223a] (a lower cutoff before the Saddleback Trail), and the Whoop-dee -dos Trail [223c]. According to the trail map posted at the trail head [ see image], this was supposed to be a little over 8miles. The actual distance was just under 11miles. That is a significant discrepancy if your starting later in the day and watching the clock. Total time to complete was 5hrs on the nose and that included a 5min break every 2miles on the 1st 8miles. Note that as trail 223c connects back to 223 that distance is approximately just over 9miles. Although there weren't many opportunities for skyline viewing, the trail was quite beautiful and desolate. The trail would be great for a Summer hike as it is quite shaded most of the entire trek. Wildlife was also scarce, I suppose because it was early January. We hit this trail after a good weekend of rain and Lance Creek was running pretty hard. You will cross Ol' Lance a few times. He's quite narrow at the top where the backside of the 223 meets 223a. But as you descend 223a you will have to cross Ol Lance twice more. The 1st time, if you have a waterproof mid to high boot, you will be just fine. But as the 223a ends, just before 223c, Ol' Lance is wide and a tad bit deeper. About calf deep for me (5' 11"). Even though it was January and cool, the crisp clean mountain water felt great on my feet that just finished a solid 8miles. It was invigorating and recharging. In short, trail favorites: foliage - wild rhododendrons galore. Desolation. You feel miles away from civilization. There is no cell service most of the trail, and GPS is sparse when descending. Recommendations: Prepare for a longer trek than the trail head map identifies. BRING A COPY OF THE MAP WITH YOU and have a compass. I kept a digital image of the mapnon my phone. I also ran GPS on my Garmin Fenix5. And I also suggest running the "record" on the AllTrails app. I didn't do this. The trail is poorly marked. There are NO visible blazes. You WILL get confused at times, but if you have a map with you and have a good sense of direction you will be fine.

It had rained the day before so the sound of rushing water filled the air which I loved!! We had to rock hop across several streams so hiking poles were a must. There were lots of downed trees but the path had been cleared except for what had fallen the day before. We actually met someone who was accessing the trail for damage. I would highly recommend this trail to anyone looking for distance going to Preacher’s Rock. There was a nice campground by the lake but it as closed.

went up the day after the big storm blew through. no trees down, but plenty of mud and some pretty deep standing water. no major issues - jeep gladiator Rubicon. we got our to walk around half way and were frightened off by hunters popping off rounds pretty nearby. great views at top.

running
13 days ago

Piece of trail

running
muddy
over grown
rocky
13 days ago

I would not recommend this hike for beginners. The path is rocky and narrow at some places and the river can be flooded. For campers - it states at the entrance board that no wood fires can burn at this location. However, there were several ring fires, so I don’t know how heavily enforced it is. Also, hunters and gun enthusiasts do come to this location often. When I was there, there was one shooter (not hunter; he was practicing). Lastly, there was a recent storm so there were plenty of fallen trees on the path, but it can be easily climbed over. Overall, it was a great hike but I did not make it to the end.

hiking
14 days ago

Great trail and at least yesterday the trail was open to the falls. I did however lose my wallet on the hike. If anyone would locate it, please call 610.659.8804. *** Update! To whomever found my wallet and intelligently contacted my insurance agency to return it by 10 AM this morning I couldn’t thank you more. I wish you would have left your information but I understand that’s not what it’s about. There are truly good people in this world.

Great for a leg workout!!! 3rd time on this trail... Going to go back again.

All I can say is this was an incredible hike! We parked at the trailhead for the Herbert Byron Reece, which is about .7 mile from Walasi-Yi . I started the hike from there and total mileage round trip to Tesnatee was 13.5 miles. Took us about 6.5 hours not including stopping to eat and admire views. And the views are incredible, I imagine it would be very different in Summer time, when the trees are full of leaves. Can’t wait to go back and do the next section..

hiking
19 days ago

This trail was not very challenging for hiking, but is also used for biking and horse riding. It would be perfect for a trail run. The trails are wide and relatively flat. There are a handful of stream crossings, including one wider icy cold one that we had to take our shoes off for. There is ample parking with easy access to four or five trails designated by color. Really like a nice walk through the woods.

Great trail for kids and pets, enjoyed the elevated climb to waterfall.

hiking
rocky
scramble
20 days ago

ohv/off road driving
muddy
rocky
20 days ago

Fun off road driving trail that’s not too long and enjoyable. The recent rain left some muddy spots and puddles to drive through that the kids really enjoyed it.

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