Four Georgia Backcountry Trails to Hike this Spring

  • BMT Bridge

    A 260 foot suspension bridge crosses the Toccoa River on the Benton MacKaye Trail.

These four backpacking trails feature some of Georgia’s most remote mountain forests, spectacular views and surreal landscapes.

Fort Mountain View
Fort Mountain View

Fort Mountain State Park – Gahuti Trail

Gahuti Trail offers four backcountry campsites along a strenuous, shaded 8-mile trail through the forest of Fort Mountain State Park. Stream crossings, exposed rock faces, and amazing views make this backpacking trail a must-see. The park also features a mysterious stone wall and one of the most challenging mountain bike trails in Georgia State Parks’ Muddy Spokes Club.

Hiking is the only way to get to the Hike Inn. Photo courtesy Georgia State Parks.
Hiking is the only way to get to the Hike Inn. Photo courtesy Georgia State Parks.

Amicalola Falls State Park – Hike Inn

Hike Inn is a remote, backcountry eco-lodge in the Northeast Georgia mountains. The environmentally friendly lodge lightens the backpacker’s load by offering 20 rooms complete with dinner and breakfast in a delightful dining hall. The gorgeous five-mile journey begins at Amicalola Falls and winds along a family-friendly trail before arriving at the mountainside lodge.

Providence Canyon photo by Candy Cook.
Providence Canyon photo by Candy Cook.

Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area – Backcountry Loop

The surreal canyon loop trail leads to Providence Canyon’s seven-mile backcountry loop. After leaving the branching trail that explores the canyon floor, the backcountry loop winds along a creek bed leading backpackers to a strenuous ascent, rugged terrain and six secluded campsites. Views overlooking the canyon and breathtaking starry nights make this trail worth the challenge. Hikers must have a permit to access the backcountry loop.

Benton MacKaye Trail

The Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) begins at Springer Mountain and rambles through forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains for 91 miles before continuing into Tennessee. The BMT features challenging terrain through some of the most remote backcountry of Georgia’s mountains. There are numerous access points for customizing a hike using intersections with other trails, but the trailhead is located at Springer Mountain, making Blue Ridge, Ga., the official Benton MacKaye Trail Town.


Candy Cook

Candy is Georgia’s official Outdoor Explorer and the author of the blog “Happy Trails Wild Tales.” Click here for more Outdoor content from Candy.

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