How to Plan a Trip on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia

The famed American hiking trail consists of over 2,000 miles, 79 of which are located in Georgia. In fact, the southernmost end of the Appalachian Trail belongs in the North Georgia Mountains, allowing many hikers to begin their journey here. Just outside our lovely Bavarian-themed town of Helen, several challenging yet exciting hiking paths travel along the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. Lace on your hiking boots and don’t forget to pack your cameras for a mountain hiking excursion you won’t soon forget!

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Where to Hike the Appalachian Trail in Georgia

Helen is home to some of North Georgia’s best hiking trails, many of which connect with the Appalachian Trail. If you’re eager to blaze into new adventures and discover the region’s natural beauty, these are the trails for you!

Blood Mountain Loop: This trek leads you to the highest summit on the Appalachian trail in Georgia! You will travel through beautiful fern-filled forests, alongside streams, and upwards towards a jaw-dropping mountain view. The trail is six miles long and considered a bit strenuous to inexperienced hikers. However, seasoned hikers and those who love a challenge will thoroughly enjoy this journey.

Unicoi Gap to Tray Mountain: Cross over gurgling creeks and through wildflower forests along the way to two mountain summits. During this hike, you’ll encounter beautiful natural wonders, including the views from the top of Rocky Mountain and Tray Mountain. The hike is also considered difficult and not recommended for first-time hikers. However, if you believe you can hike the 10-mile loop, we promise the views are worth it!

Tesnattee Gap to Cowrock Mountain: This is one of the most popular short day hikes in Georgia, and for good reason! It is only 2.25 miles long and winds through the beautiful and rocky forests of Raven Cliff Wilderness. From the top, you’ll love the scene of blue-green hued peaks in nearly every direction.

Indian Grave Gap: Venture through canopies of laurel and fern-blanketed forests as you travel to the Tray Mountain summit, which offers stunning views of Yonah Mountain and Lake Hiawassee.  It’s a 5-mile stretch of undeniable beauty you won’t be able to get enough of.

For even more trails to explore, check out the Appalachian Trail in Georgia Map!

What to Bring on Your Hike

While the North Georgia Mountains consist of gorgeous and inviting wilderness, Mother Nature can be unpredictable. If you plan on enduring the longer hiking trails, be sure to bring along these helpful items!

  • Protein-enriched snacks
  • Water Bottles (At least 2 per person)
  • Insect Repellent
  • Flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Matches
  • Chap Stick
  • Whistle
  • Map in a protective case
  • Energy beverages
  • Pocket Knife

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In Helen, GA, hiking is just the beginning! From white water rafting, horseback riding, canoeing, and even ziplining, your options for a fun-filled adventure are nearly endless! We invite you to experience them all and then return for some well-deserved relaxation in one of our luxury cabins. Our vacation rentals provide everything you need from unmatched customer service, the comforts you enjoy at home, and unique amenities you won’t find anywhere else. Download our Free Vacation Guide today and let’s start planning your dream mountain getaway!

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