5 of Georgia’s Toughest Hiking Trails

Are you an experienced hiker looking for something more than flat ground and easy walks? Looking for an intense workout with changing landscapes? If so, here are some of Georgia’s toughest hiking trails to check out.

The Appalachian Approach Trail

If you’re looking for a longer weekend hike, consider heading to Amicalola State Park, where your hike takes you to Springer Mountain. A 17.8 mile round trip, this hike can take you up to nine hours. You’ll hike by Georgia’s tallest waterfall at Amicalola, through forests and mountains, and through varying elevations.

Location: 418 Amicalola Falls Road, Dawsonville; Website: friendlyolafallslodge.com; Contact: 706-344-1500

Cloudland Canyons Waterfall Trail

Spend a day hiking in the Cloudland Canyons, where challenging trails make hiking even more rewarding. The waterfalls trail is only 2 miles long; however, it involves a lot of stairs and intense drop offs to take you over the waterfalls. The trail starts at the rim and descends into the waterfalls where you will find breathtaking views from start to finish.

Location: 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn; Website: gasteparks.org/CloudlandCanyon; Contact: 706-657-4050

Yonah Mountain Trail

The Yonah Mountain Trail takes up to four hours and is 2.2 miles long for a 4.4 mile round trip. This climb reaches an elevation of over 3,000 feet, giving your calves a great workout. While the strenuous hike will give you a challenge, the views at the top of the mountain are worth it.

Location: 1900 Chambers Road, Cleveland; Website: Yonah Mountain Trail

Blood Mountain and Freeman Loop Trail

Visit the highest point of the Appalachian Trail at Blood Mountain. This 6 mile hike will take you nearly 4,500 feet in elevation. On your steep climb you will pass streams, rocks and a beautiful view at the top.

Location: 405 Vogel State Park Road, Blairsville; Website: gasteparks.org/Vogel; Contact: 706-745-2628

North Conasauga River Trail

In Cohutta Wilderness, near the Tennessee-Georgia border, Conasauga River Trail is a 13-mile hike. You will cross river crossings, white water rapids and forests. Although the hike itself is challenging, the remoteness of the trail adds an extra level of difficulty. Navigation can be tricky, so be sure to take a portable GPS or a map to take with you.

Location: 2694 Old Route 2, Cisco; Website: North Conasauga River Trail; Contact: 706-695-6736

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