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Georgia's Longest Trails

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Explore the longest, most incredibly scenic trails winding through the forests and mountains of Georgia. Traversing Georgia's diverse landscapes, these trails are perfect for day hikes and overnight backpacking trips. 

Appalachian Trail

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Candy Cook

Beginning atop Springer Mountain, the iconic footpath leads adventurers on a life-changing hike through five national parks and 14 states. The first (or last) 78 miles of the Appalachian Trail offer a rewarding hike over North Georgia's rugged, mountainous terrain. Day hikers and backpackers follow along the banks of trophy trout streams, visit tumbling waterfalls and summit several mountains with gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountain vistas. 

Bartram Trail

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Candy Cook

Cutting through the wilderness of Chattahoochee National Forest for nearly 40 miles in North Georgia, the Bartram Trail follows in the footsteps of famed naturalist William Bartram. Trail travelers soak in the beauty of Chattooga Wild and Scenic River and experience breathtaking long-range views from Rabun Bald. 

Benton MacKaye Trail

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

Named for the father of the Appalachian Trail, this hike covers over 90 miles through Chattahoochee National Forest and Cohutta Wilderness before crossing into Tennessee. The Benton MacKaye Trail begins with the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain before cutting toward the remote backcountry of Cohutta. Hikers on this trail enjoy more solitude than along the Appalachian Trail. Highlights include the swinging bridge over the Toccoa River and Falls Branch Falls.

Pinhoti Trail

Hiking at James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park
Hiking at James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park

Running 340 miles through Alabama and Georgia, Pinhoti's Georgia section is the longest hike in the state at 167 miles. In addition to hiking, the Pinhoti Trail offers IMBA EPIC mountain biking and horseback riding on most sections. The trail cuts through Sloppy Floyd State Park, and connects Fort Mountain State Park with the Benton MacKaye Trail

Pine Mountain Trail at F. D. Roosevelt State Park

F.D. Roosevelt State Park
F.D. Roosevelt State Park

Discover Georgia's largest state park along 40 miles of meandering trail. Located near Georgia's fall line, where the piedmont meets the coastal plain, Pine Mountain Trail treats hikers to cascading waterfalls, grand vistas and rocky cliffs. Sixteen designated campsites, available to permit-holders, offer tranquil shelter surrounded by large hardwoods or overlooking springs and streams.

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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