Hike these Mountains for Spectacular Fall Color Views

  • Brasstown Bald

    Brasstown Bald in Blairsville. Photo by Candy Cook.

Sawnee Mountain in Cumming, Ga.
Sawnee Mountain in Cumming, Ga.

Sawnee Mountain, Cumming, Ga.

The relatively easy 3.5-mile Indian Seats Trail rises in elevation to offer a fantastic view from the historically sacred Cherokee Indian Seats. Sawnee Mountain Preserve also includes a playground-picnic area and issues rock climbing permits for adventure-seekers.

Springer Mountain, Ellijay, Ga.

A bronze plaque marks the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail at the summit of Springer Mountain. A network of trails makes Springer a popular choice for fall hiking. Backpackers include the view in seasonal section hikes of the Appalachian Trail, day hikers explore the area along an 8-mile approach trail beginning at Amicalola Falls State Park, and time-restricted visitors use a convenient one-mile path to reach the summit.

Pine Mountain in Cartersville
Pine Mountain in Cartersville

Pine Mountain, Cartersville, Ga.

The Pine Mountain West Loop is conveniently located right off of I-75 at exit 288. The rugged 2-mile hike includes interesting rock formations along the way and a spectacular view overlooking Lake Allatoona. The East Loop is nearly twice the distance and allows mountain biking on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Brasstown Bald, Hiawassee, Ga.

An observation tower at the highest point in Georgia offers a gorgeous view of the North Georgia Mountains. Visitors have the option of taking a shuttle from the parking lot or clambering up a steep half-mile trail to reach the tower. Either way, it’s a view that can’t be missed!

Little Kennesaw Mountain, Kennesaw, Ga.

The lesser elevation of the two Kennesaw Mountains, Little Kennesaw offers a more rugged experience along the network of trails winding around Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Combine the Little Kennesaw Mountain Trail with the Pigeon Hill Trail for a fun, out-and-back hike totaling about 2.25 miles.

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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