Island Ford offers 3 miles of hiking trails along the Chattahoochee River. The relatively easy trail follows closely along the river banks for the first mile, passing several interesting rock outcroppings. The trail gains in elevation as it meanders away from the river and takes hikers on a peaceful walk through the trees.
Cochran Shoals and Sope Creek offer a network of multi-use trails that include the historic ruins of an old paper mill, scenic creek views, and a pond filled with wildlife. Select trails are open to biking. The bike trails offer some singletrack, downhills and climbs with a variety of technical challenges.
Two out and back trails in DeSoto Falls Recreation Area take hikers on a relatively easy two-mile hike to view waterfalls. Find the lower falls along the quick quarter-mile trail to the south before retracing and hitting the 0.75-mile trail to the north for a view of the upper falls.
Bear Creek is a double-loop trail open to hikers and bikers. A mixture of wide, overgrown forest roads and narrow paths wind along the scenic creek, cross mountain streams, and offer a variety of technical challenges. Don’t miss the large, Gennett Poplar tree at the 2-mile mark.
Right outside of Dahlonega, dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles stir up adventure in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Whissenhunt OHV Trails is a 700-acre area with 15 miles designated for off-road fun.