Top 8 Spring Hikes Within An Hour Of Atlanta, Georgia

Leave the city behind for the day.

By: Explore Georgia
April 11, 2016

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With spring in the air, it's a great time to lace up your boots, pack up the car, and head out for a day of hiking. Luckily for hikers in Atlanta, you don't have to travel too far to find incredible hiking destinations. Whether you're looking for 360 degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains or a leisurely walk through a lush forest, one of these 8 hikes within an hour of Atlanta will satisfy your need to get outside. Check out our list and make you plans to explore Georgia today!

1. Hike the Cascade Springs Trail

Photo: Kelley Le

Sometimes all you want is an empty trail in a quiet forest. The lush and serene Cascades Spring Trail fits the bill for anyone needing an escape from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta. Learn more.

2. Hike Along Sope Creek

Photo: Rob Giersch

Just on the edge of Atlanta, the Sope Creek area has a maze of trails that wind next to the Chattahoochee River. Be sure to explore the ruins of an 18th century mill. Learn more.

3. Hike the White Loop at Sweetwater Creek

Photo: Alan Maxcy

If you thought the mill ruins around Sope Creek were pretty cool, you should head out on the White Loop at Sweetwater Creek. You'll find ruins of the New Manchester Mill, which burned during the Civil War and actually appeared in the first Hunger Games film. Learn more.

4. Hike Arabia Mountain

Photo: Rob Giersch

Just 30 miles outside Atlanta, Arabia Mountain will make you feel like you're in a different world when you reach the 360 degree views at the summit. Spring rains will sometimes fill up the amazing granite rock formations creating a series of ponds to play around in. Learn more.

5. Hike and Swim at Red Top Mountain

Photo: Jeremy Cournyea

On a warm day, Red Top mountain is the perfect spot for anyone who loves hiking and swimming (who doesn't love hiking and swimming?!). Lush forests, lakes, and the natural rust from the iron in the soil makes this a great place to work on your outdoor photography as well. Learn more.

6. Hike the Indian Seats Trail

Photo: Alan Maxcy

With bathrooms, easy parking, and a relatively easy hike at 4 miles and 600 feet elevation gain, the Indian Seats Trail is a great spot for families. The summit has amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is an ideal spot to catch a Georgia sunset. Learn more.

7. Hike and Swim at High Falls State Park

Photo: Kelley Le

Pack a picnic and set up on the sandy shores at the base of the falls for an afternoon of sunshine and even sliding down the natural waterslide if you're feeling daring. Learn more.

8. Run, Walk, or Bike the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta Beltline

Photo: Matthew Koehnemann

The Atlanta Beltline is the ultimate backup plan if you can't find a way to get out of town on the weekend and makes for a nice place to stroll and get your daily dose of the outdoors during the week. You can also speed things up by bringing your bike or running shoes to the trail. Learn more.

Get more information on these trails and others around Georgia at Explore Georgia.

Cover photo: Kelley Le

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph.