General Coffee State Park
offers hikers the chance to spot Gopher Tortoise burrows while walking the Gopher Loop Trail.
Unicoi State Park's Bottoms Loop Trail
is a two-mile hike through hemlocks, mountain laurels and rhododendrons, and blooming wildflowers in spring. There are a few easy-to-manage brook crossings and the last mile follows Smith Creek.
For intermediate hikers:
F.D. Roosevelt State Park
for more than 42 miles of trails to explore. First time backpackers can try the 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail. There are 16 designated campsites along the trail for backcountry camping.
Gahuti Trail at Fort Mountain State Park
offers a challenging hike with seasonal views of hardwood forest, blueberry thickets, cross streams and more.
For advanced climbers:
The West Rim Loop Trail at
Cloudland Canyon State Park
is five-miles of challenging trail. Beginning at the Daniel Creek Bridge, the trail climbs out of the canyon onto the canyon's plateau for a view of Trenton, Georgia.
Vogel State Park
, hike the Coosa Backcountry Trail, a 12.5-mile loop. Add additional mileage and turn a hike into an overnight trip by linking up with the Duncan Ridge Trail. The Coosa Backcountry Trail begins in Vogel State Park and loops through the Chattahoochee National forest crossing three ridgelines.
Canyon Climbers Club
, then hike to the top of Amicalola Falls, explore Providence Canyon, cross the swinging bridge in Tallulah Gorge and climb the staircase in Cloudland Canyon. Upon completion, you'll get a card punched by rangers. Redeem it for a t-shirt and bragging rights. To join, stop by one of the four participating state park offices and purchase a $10 membership card, call 770-389-7401 or email your name, address and daytime phone number to: CustomerService@GeorgiaStateParks.org.
ADA Accessible trails:
The West Ridge Falls Trail at
Amicalola Falls State Park
is a 1/3-mile rubber-surfaced wheelchair-accessible trail with a gentle slope.
Mistletoe State Park's
rubber-surfaced loop trail, the Canyon Trail Loop, is also a 1/3-mile trail with a surprise "canyon" formed by water run-off from poor farming practices in the 1920s.