Looking for a great trail near Ellijay, Georgia? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest 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. If you're looking for the best trails around Amicalola Falls State Park or Cohutta Wildlife Management Area, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Ridgeway Recreation Area. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Ellijay ranging from 1.3 to 11.7 miles and from 1,141 to 3,772 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Raw and pure nature. awesome trail!

That was a lifetime experience that took six months of backpacking (over several years) and three large section (plus one small) hikes to complete. It would be wonderful to do it again. I started this trail in Georgia at age 22 and finished in Maine at age 49. The memories will last the rest of my life.

We started from the welcome center and hiked the road to the approach trail before daylight. We only passed 1 thru hiker on the way to Springer; however on the way back, we met about 25 to 30 from the 2019 class. We ended up doing about 21.2 miles. Great Day Hike.

hiking
off trail
13 days ago

Took a little off trail hike using trails shown on the map but not listed as a trail in All Trails. Through various parts of the trail it was widened bout 1.5 car width by a tractor, many trees taken down which really destroyed the beauty of the hike.

Loved it! Great raw wilderness views!

This trail is all about the destination and not the journey. It ends in a gorgeous spot along the Conasaga River. It was perfect for setting up our Eno’s and spending a few hours. I gave this trail 3 stars because it has not been well maintained. There are many trees down along the path. This actuall makes it a hard hike, not moderate. I presume trees are down from the 2016 fires and subsequent storms since then. It’s been about 20 years since I’ve hiked the. Cohutta Wilderness. I grew up hiking and camping here. The trails were much better maintained back then.

I wouldn't recommend this trail. The drive to get to the Springer Mountain parking area was an hour of potholed, muddy mountain paths that really messed up our small car. The views at the Springer Mountain summit were very underwhelming, and most of the hike is forested and unremarkable.

I walked from Springer back to Amicalola Falls going by the hike inn.
It added 2.1 miles on your return but is a different view so it was worth it.
Average pass of 27 minutes per mile with 32 pound pack.
Great day in the woods on a great trail.

Thanks for uploading this map!! I hope to hike the AT some day soon.

Nice trail for a long day hike, but plenty of campsites to break into two short days. The road getting up there is a bit sketchy, so be careful if it’s been raining a lot. The AT portion up to Springer Summit is the steepest part of the trail but the Benton loop isn’t bad; a couple small creek crossings. Be sure to check out Owens Overlook while on Benton McKaye! Much better view than Springer Summit in my opinion (although both are nice). Most people you will pass while on the AT. Benton trail is much more lightly trafficked. Very solid trail and not far if you’re coming from Atlanta!

Awesome trail! Extremely tough climbs but well worth it.

this trail was really nice. the trail itself was pretty easy except for the second half of the loop which was moderate. but one half of the loop had a buetiful view and the other half was like a jungle and really nice. the only thing to be aware of is that you need a Jeep to drive up to the start of the hike. we had to park 3.5 miles from the start which was the only challenging part to the hike but was tiring on our way back. there were other parking lots that seemed easier to get to so I dont know why the directions were to this one.

closed
1 month ago

trail closed today

This was such a lovely trail! I met a few people beginning their hike north on the AT, which was such a pleasure. Dog friendly, chock-full of kind people, but the road to the trailhead was a small nightmare. If you have a car that can handle off-roading with ease, then you don’t have to worry, but neither I nor my Honda Accord were prepared for the long (about 7 miles?) dirt and gravel road that our directions indicated. It is steep, filled with potholes, and had a few places so muddy that my car almost got stuck. The hike was absolutely worth it, but be prepared for a bumpy ride!

It was awesome

We hiked this trail on March 6th. It was a chilly morning with icy spots on the trail. It was so exciting to visit the AT terminus! We met 3 hikers beginning their journeys to Maine. Good luck to each of them! The Bentin Mackaye Loop was really nice and quite. We only saw hikers on the AT portion of the loop. We saw several woodpeckers and Eastern Bluebirds. It was a beautiful day and a great hike!

We hiked this trail on 3/4/19! Beautiful Trail! Springer Mountain is the official southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail(AT) !! We began the trail at 12:09pm and it was a crisp 22 degrees, cloudy and 10mph winds! We started at the 1 mile up to Springer Mountain on the AT portion of the trail and we took just a short detour off the loop to the AT terminus as we went to the top, but no view as cloudy, windy and fogged over! Met about 15 plus hikers on the AT and 3 were thru hikers! SO then we ventured back and took a right on to the BMT to begin our loop! It was absolutely STUNNING!!!! Winter wonderland, icicles, snow covered pines, and even walked through tunnels of snow covered Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel along the creek and even got to cross over three stream areas!! SO NICE and PEACEFUL too!! Only met one very nice couple on the BMT and their beautiful beloved Aregentinian Dogo!! She sure was a beauty of a pooch! KUDOS to the BMT Trailblazers and Maintenance MEN and WOMEN VOLUNTEERS! This trail is in very good shape and maintained excellently! A few muddy spots but otherwise perfect and well marked!! We had lunch at Owen’s Overlook and by then the sun had come out and cleared to give us AN INCREDIBLE VIEW!!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Really great hike!!! Minimal people, stream crossings, different terrain throughout! Highly recommend!

The directions they provide on maps is not accurate. It will prompt you to turn off Gates Chapel... don’t. Use the service road off Gates Chapel not far from where it prompts you to turn. It’ll take you right to the trail head.

Definitely recommend this hike!!!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Long one. I started late and didn’t stop. There is plenty of water and people along the way as well. I did this in February so I got some views coming down the mountains but in the summer you may not have the same luck. All in all great hike.

2 months ago

One of my favorites. Creek crossings, not too steep. really nice hike!

Great trail for a day hike. My friends and I went in February and at the summit it was around 25 degrees and everything was frozen. It was very cold but also very quiet and peaceful at the summit. We also took this trip to do a little off roading. If you drive in from the Dahlonega side of the forest service road it is pretty easy and you can make it in 2WD. We went down the mountain the other way towards Elajay and it was pretty rough, fun if you have a 4x4 like me but I would not recommend in anything else that doesn’t have high clearance.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Difficult trail for a newbie like me, but I survived. Absolutely beautiful!!

We did this hike back in October. Can’t really add much to what others have said. Trail well maintained, not to hard, some creeks, lots to see and enjoy.

Nice trail with three creek crossings!

This is a great little circle around the mountain. Beautiful tunnels through the Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel along the creeks. Long reaching views of mountain ranges from the ridges, in winter.

hiking
2 months ago

First time to Bear Creek today and I did it all wrong. I followed the Google Maps Directions (don't do it) which took us to the very top of mountain at upper access point (instead of the lower loop access point) and we had to walk down a gravel road for 2 miles to get to the Loop. Then went clock-wise from the loop which turned out to just be more gravel road. Thus, ended up the hike by walking a gravel dirt road instead of my intent of hiking an actual mountain trail. Will go again and this time access the lower access point and hike the entire loop along Bear Creek and see the giant tree

28° and windy, no one else on the trail the entire hike. Seasonal views.

Awesome hike beautiful scenery, would do it again

Great time with my brother! The driving path was closed about a half mile from the start of the hike so we parked at the sign and hiked, finding downed trees and giant puddles in the driving path so definitely heed the warning if you see the sign. There was a small brook where we could fill our bottles too. It was an awesome experience and would definitely recommend.
Here’s a video of our trip.
https://youtu.be/pLdjsKbhPnc

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