Trip Ideas

12 Trails to Visit this Spring

Spend time outdoors meandering along Georgia's nature trails.

  • Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

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As winter’s chill fades away, spring rushes to life with blooming wildflowers, thundering waterfalls and migrating birds. The season shows Georgia’s natural beauty at its best – and these 12 trails (identified by city and region) provide the perfect spots to breathe it all in.
  • Anna Ruby Falls-CNF (Helen, Northeast Georgia Mountains) – Hike an easy half-mile trail to a double waterfall, with wildflowers lining both sides of a paved path. Fee.
  • Callaway Gardens (Pine Mountain, Presidential Pathways) – The Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl bursts with more than 3,000 colorful azaleas, making it a great backdrop for a spring picnic. Fee.
  • Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve (Lithonia, Atlanta Metro) – See blooming diamorpha atop Arabia Mountain, an opportunity that only comes during spring. These rare, miniature flowers bring the stone landscape to life. Free.
  • Doerun Pitcherplant Bog Wildlife Management Area (Doerun, Plantation Trace) – Imagine 100 acres blooming with native pitcher plants. If you’re lucky, you’ll also see gopher tortoises along the half-mile bog trail. Free.
  • Hitchiti Nature Trail (Gray, Historic Heartland) – In one of the few old-growth forests in Middle Georgia, hikers can enjoy pines, hardwoods, outcroppings and wetlands along the Ocmulgee River. Free.
  • Jacks River Falls (Epworth, Historic High Country) – Advanced hikers who take on this nine-mile trail in spring are rewarded with multiple waterfalls and towering hemlocks. Free.
  • Phinizy Swamp Nature Park (Augusta, Classic South) – Wildlife and marsh flora make their best showing here in spring, with multiple boardwalks and trails showcasing cattails, turtles, otters – and an occasional beaver. Free.
  • Pigeon Mountain (LaFayette, Historic High Country) – Springtime gently kisses the Pocket Trail on Pigeon Mountain and changes it remarkably. See redbud, bluebells, bleeding heart, columbine and trout lilies scattered beside multiple waterfalls and a blue hole cave spring. Free.
  • General Coffee State Park (Nicholls – Magnolia Midlands) – The half-mile loop around Heritage Farm abounds with water and songbirds year-round, peaking in spring. Don’t miss Gopher Loop Trail for glimpses of gopher tortoises in mating and egg-laying season. Watch your step! Fee.
  • Reynolds Nature Preserve (Morrow, Atlanta Metro) – Explore a series of trails meandering around six ponds. Wildflowers and turtles make this a perfect spring setting. Free.
  • Skidaway Island State Park (Savannah, The Coast) – Songbirds use the island as a waystation during spring migrations, but large birds of prey visit year-round. Catch a glimpse of them from the Avian Loop Trail. Fee.
  • Sosebee Cove Scenic Area (Blairsville, Northeast Georgia Mountains) – This half-mile trail through a mature forest houses almost every species of Georgia-native wildflower. Free.

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