Brasstown Bald. Photo by Luke Theodorou
Photo by Luke Theodorou
Brasstown Bald. Photo by Luke Theodorou

Hike these Mountains for Spectacular Fall Color Views

Lookout over landscapes dappled in red, orange, yellow and green on these five mountain hikes in Georgia perfect for fall.

Sawnee Mountain in Cumming, Georgia

Sawnee Mountain, Cumming

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.

Appalachian Trail marker on Springer Mountain

Springer Mountain, Ellijay

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.

View from Pine Mountain. Photo by Candy Cook

Pine Mountain, Cartersville

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 in Hiawassee, Georgia

Brasstown Bald, Hiawassee

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. Photo by Candy Cook

Little Kennesaw Mountain, Kennesaw

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.

Published: May 2019
Written by: Candy Cook