The Best Outdoor Activities in Georgia

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Hike Blood Mountain

Georgia / Byron Reece Memorial Trailhead

The Chattahoochee National Forest and Cohutta Wilderness make up the wild and scenic southern tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Rob Giersch
815 Saves

Climb the Stairs to Amicalola Falls

Georgia / Amicalola Falls Lodge

Adventurers access the falls through the state park entrance. From the parking lot, hikers follow the clearly marked signs to the base of the falls.

Matthew Ady
801 Saves

Hike and Climb to Yonah Mountain

Georgia / Mt. Yonah Trailhead

The trail starts at "Mt. Yonah Trailhead" and is 4.4 mile round-trip with elevation of 1,500' to 3,166'.

Cole Christiansen
788 Saves

Hike Cloudland Canyon's Waterfall Trail

Georgia / Waterfalls Trailhead

When you enter Cloudland Canyon State Park you will drive straight through all of the 4 way stops for about 1 mile before you reach the parking lot for the Waterfall Trail.

Alan Maxcy
647 Saves

Hike to the Roswell Mill Ruins via Vickery Creek Trail

Georgia / Vickery Creek Trailhead

From Riverside Road, the Vickery Creek Trail takes you alongside the creek, then to an intersection where you will turn right.

Kelley Le
604 Saves

Hike to Blue Hole and High Shoals Creek Falls

Georgia / High Shoals Falls Trail

Located just a few miles north of Helen, Georgia is this hidden gem.

Tiffany Lachner
588 Saves

Hike the Indian Seats Trail

Georgia / Sawnee Mountain Indian Seats Trail

The Sawnee Mountain Preserve is easy to get to with a GPS and offers plenty of parking. To get to the Indian Seats Trail you will start down a short (.

Alan Maxcy
576 Saves

Hike the White Loop at Sweetwater Creek

Georgia / White Loop Trailhead

Sweetwater Creek State Park offers a breath of fresh air and beautiful sights only 15 miles from Atlanta. The park has 9 miles of trails to choose from.

Alan Maxcy
574 Saves

Hike Arabia Mountain, GA

Georgia / Arabia Mountain Trailhead

The trail begins right off Klondike Road by the parking lot with restrooms, which is almost impossible to miss. Upon arriving, you begin a steady climb along the barren rock face.

Zachary Ganster
521 Saves

Hike to Hurricane Falls, Tallulah Gorge SP

Georgia / Tallulah Gorge Parking Area

The trail is located in Tallulah Gorge State Park which is about 1 ½ hours northeast of Atlanta, off of Highway 441. There is a $5 per car entry fee into the park and they prefer the use of cash.

Matthew Koehnemann
508 Saves

Hike Pine Mountain

Georgia / Pine Mountain Trail West Trailhead

The Pine Mountain Trail winds and climbs its way to awesome summit views, along massive granite outcrops and serene forest.

Nick Tort
488 Saves

Hike Along Sope Creek

Georgia / Sope Creek Trail

Sope Creek is a little slice of wild heaven squeezed into the hustle and bustle of Atlanta's metro madness.

Rob Giersch
487 Saves

Hike the Canyon Loop in Providence Canyon

Georgia / Providence Canyon Visitor Center

Miniscule compared to the Grand Canyon, this vibrant-colored canyon offers a unique adventure unlike any other in Georgia. The most popular way to explore the canyon is through the 4.

Seth Berry
484 Saves

Hike to Raven Cliff Falls

Georgia / Raven Cliff Falls Trail

The hike to Raven Cliff Falls round-trip is about 5 miles.

Tiffany Lachner
462 Saves

Explore Lula Lake Land Trust

Georgia / Lula Lake Land Trust

Lula Lake Land Trust may only be accessible on the first and last Saturday of every month, but a visit to this North Georgia park is well worth planning for.

Clare Healy
457 Saves

Explore Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island

Georgia / N Loop Trail

For the outdoors-minded, Jekyll Island’s biggest attraction may be its driftwood beach. Almost as if the driftwood rained down from the sky, the beach is littered with large trees and gnarly branches.

Cameron Cech
442 Saves

Hike the Battlefield and Mountain Loop

Georgia / Kennesaw Mountain Trailhead

From the visitor center, start on the Kenneshaw Mountain Trail, which takes you up a series of switchbacks to the summit of Kennesaw Mountain (600' elevation gain).

Kelley Le
432 Saves

Camp on Cumberland Island

Georgia / Cumberland Island Ferry Landing

Cumberland Island is surreal. Although a ferry ride is required from the mainland, it is well worth it. Hopping off of the short boat ride, you can feel that this place is something special.

Collin Enstad
390 Saves

Hike along the East Palisades Trail

Georgia / East Palisades Trailhead

The East Palisades trail is one of the only real hiking trails within Atlanta's perimeter.

Christian Murillo
384 Saves

Hike to the Brasstown Bald Peak

Georgia / Brasstown Bald Trailhead

Once you make it to the parking area (parking fee required) to Brasstown Bald you will be at about 4284 feet elevation. From there you will have a short (0.

Jason Clemmons
382 Saves

Hike or Run Stone Mountain

Georgia / Stone Mountain, GA

Stone Mountain sits on the outskirts of downtown Atlanta. Located in the center of Stone Mountain Park, this 1,686 ft.

Josh Hollandsworth
361 Saves

Hike the West Rim Trail to Cherokee Falls

Georgia / West Rim Loop Trailhead

Good luck finding something you dislike about Cloudland Canyon State Park - one of Georgia's largest and most scenic parks.

Clare Healy
360 Saves

Hike and Swim at Red Top Mountain

Georgia / Homestead Loop Trailhead

The Georgia summer is no joke. Fortunately, Red Top Mountain's Homestead Trail hosts enough shade and swimming for all adventurers. The 5.

Jeremy Cournyea
351 Saves

Hike to Panther Creek Falls, Georgia

Georgia / Panther Creek Falls

Park at the Panther Creek Recreation Area. The fee to park here is $4. There is extra parking alongside the road if the parking lot is full.

Kelley Le
316 Saves

Hike to Anna Ruby Falls

Georgia / Anna Ruby Falls Trailhead

The hike to Anna Ruby Falls located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, bordering and often mistaken for being located in Unicoi State Park, begins at the Anna Ruby Falls Visitor Center.

Matthew Koehnemann
314 Saves

Hike the Cascade Springs Trail

Georgia / Cascade Springs Nature Preserve Parking Lot

A quick and local getaway from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta city life, Cascade Springs Nature Preserve offers over 100 acres of forested trails that lead to Utoy Creek and Cascade Falls.

Kelley Le
313 Saves

Hike and Swim at High Falls State Park

Georgia / High Falls Parking Area

Parking areas are on the opposite side of the road where the trailhead is located and the fee is $5.

Kelley Le
305 Saves

Trail Running in Morningside Nature Preserve

Georgia / Morningside Nature Preserve Trail

Park your car on the residential road and look across the street into the woods for the trail. The trail winds around through a bamboo forest with streams winding in and out.

Abby Smith
292 Saves

Camp at Tallulah Gorge State Park

Georgia / Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tallulah Gorge is a must-see feature of Georgia. Campers can lay low and experience the gorge from its floor, engaging in river activities such as kayaking or swimming.

Explore Toccoa Falls

Georgia / Toccoa Falls Parking Lot

Park at the welcome center of Toccoa College. The trailhead is behind the welcome center, starting at the gates to the right of the center. The trail takes you along a creek on a gravel trail.

Kelley Le
285 Saves

Hike to Springer Mountain

Georgia / Amicalola Falls Lodge

Begin your journey from Amicalola Falls State Park. Despite the steep climb, you should park at the base of the falls and climb the steps for a great view of one of the grandest falls in the South.

Matthew Ady
267 Saves

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

Georgia / Park Tavern Public Parking

To visit the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta Beltline, park in the paid public parking ($3 Monday-Thursday; $5 Friday-Sunday) at the far southeast corner of Piedmont Park, behind the Park Tavern restau.

Matthew Koehnemann
260 Saves

Camp at Cloudland Canyon State Park

Georgia / Clouldland Canyon Visitor Center

If you're looking to camp somewhere with exceptional hiking and beautiful waterfalls, Southeastern Tennessee locals know not to look further than Lookout Mountain.

Clare Healy
238 Saves

Hike to Desoto Falls, Georgia

Georgia / Desoto Falls Trailhead

The Chattahoochee National Forest is another kind of jungle.  On hot summer days well over 95 degrees, the forest canopy provides a shelter for human and wildlife alike.

Jeremy Cournyea
236 Saves

Stargaze at Deerlick Astronomy Village

Georgia / Deerlick Astronomy Village

Before any trip I take I pull up the dark sky map: This incredible tool is great in finding low light pollution areas nearby.

Mark Friedman
231 Saves

Hike to Minnehaha Falls

Georgia / Minnehaha Falls Trail Head

Despite their beauty, not many hikers know about Minnehaha Falls. Even more shocking, these are some of the most accessible falls in all of North Georgia.

Matthew Ady
228 Saves

Hike the West Overlook Trail and CCC Stone Tower Trail Loop

Georgia / West Overlook Trailhead, Fort Mountain

Fort Mountain State Park is filled with horse trails, biking trails, walking trails, camping sites, and a lake. Once you arrive at the park you pay a $5 entrance fee and will receive a park map.

Eric Sullivan
175 Saves

Hike to Dukes Creek Falls

Georgia / Dukes Creek Parking

Starting with a scenic overlook of Yonah mountain and ending with three waterfalls, Dukes Creek falls is the perfect hike on any occasion.

Sean Morris
161 Saves

Hike the Marble Mine Trail

Georgia / Pinhoti Trail Parking Lot

This 1.7 mile loop is almost entirely on a wide pebbled road making this hike perfect for getting families and friends outdoors.

Kandis Owens
156 Saves

Camp at Vogel State Park

Georgia / Vogel State Park

Nestled at the foot of Blood Mountain is one of Georgia's most scenic State Parks.

Christian Murillo
152 Saves

Hike to Helton Creek Falls

Georgia / Helton Creek Falls Trailhead

Getting to Helton Creek Falls can be a little bit tricky.

Christian Murillo
151 Saves

Hike and Camp the Big Poplar Loop , F.D. Roosevelt SP

Georgia / F.D. Roosevelt State Park Campground

We camped a few nights in the F.D. Roosevelt campground in our Airstream before setting out for two nights in the backcountry.

Jess Curren
151 Saves

Camp at Stafford Beach on Cumberland Island

Georgia / Cumberland Island Ferry Landing

Once you have reached the island by ferry from St. Mary's, GA, you will receive an orientation about your campsite and the island (You can rent bicycles at the main office on the island, too).

Emily Lester
149 Saves

Climb and Chill at Allenbrook

Georgia / Allenbrook Trailhead

You’re going to be really surprised you’re still in Roswell, or in the Atlanta area at all.

Kenny Gamblin
145 Saves

Hike to Rabun Bald

Georgia / Bartram Trailhead

Starting at the trailhead you begin by following the yellow blazes. The trail isn't well marked so keep an eye out for the blazes you see.

Preston Esco
144 Saves

Hike the Sweetwater Creek Red Trail

Georgia / Sweetwater Creek State Park Trailhead

Sweetwater Creek State Park lies just about 20 minutes West of Downtown Atlanta.  An easy drive along I-20 from the large city makes this park a very popular destination, especially on the weekends.

Christian Murillo
131 Saves

Hike to Hogpen Gap

Georgia / Hogpen Gap Trailhead (A.T.)

Hogpen Gap is one of six "Gaps" of North Georgia. If you are planning to go on this trip from town, you will be starting from a parking lot at the bottom of the trailhead.

Preston Esco
122 Saves

Hike to Emery Creek Falls

Georgia / Emery Creek Trail

The hike to the five waterfalls on the Emery Creek trail is one of the most spectacular hikes in Georgia.

Christian Murillo
121 Saves

Hike through Big Trees Forest Preserve

Georgia / Big Trees Forest, GA

Big Trees is truly a backyard beauty. The entrance connector brings you through to the beginning of the trails.

Kandis Owens
116 Saves

Hike to Martin Creek Falls

Georgia / Martin Creek Trailhead

There are two different ways to get to this waterfall. The easiest way is through a trail in the Warwoman Wildlife Management Area.

Kelley Le
116 Saves

Kayak Camp along the Okefenokee Swamp

Georgia / Stephen C Foster SP Parking Area

The drive to Stephen C. Foster State Park is part of the adventure. So pack snacks, prep the tunes, and keep your gas gauge and spirits high and get ready to cruise some country roads.

Mark Friedman
107 Saves

Hike to Noses Creek

Georgia / Noses Creek Trailhead

Starting at the Burnt Hickory Parking lot on Kennesaw National Battlefield, you head south on a pretty flat trail. After a mile and a half you will come across a bridge that goes over Noses Creek.

Neal Majors
103 Saves

Big Creek Freeride

Georgia / Roswell Greenway, Roswell, GA 30076, USA

The Big Creek Freeride area is part of the Big Creek recreation area which provides a paved greenway, singletrack mountain biking trails, and two pump tracks.

Rob Giersch
101 Saves

Mountain Biking Bear Creek

Georgia / Bear Creek Lower Trailhead

Bear Creek is a southern favorite amongst the mountain biking community.

Rob Giersch
100 Saves

Backpack the Parallel Trail to Yankee Paradise Campground

Georgia / Cumberland Island Ferry Landing

Start your adventure in St. Mary's, GA, where the [Cumberland Island National Seashore Ferry] is located.

Emily Lester
97 Saves

Paddle Banks Lake

Georgia / Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge

This spot is easy to find. Just off the GA highway 122 is the Banks Lake Wildlife Refuge. You can either bring your own kayak/canoe or rent one for a few dollars.

Joshua Krehbiel
94 Saves

Hike through Carolina Beach State Park

Georgia / Carolina Beach State Park Campground

Carolina Beach State Park is a great day trip for anyone visiting the east coast of North Carolina or in town on vacation at the many beaches in the area.

Robbie O'Donnell
90 Saves

Hike Sitton's Gulch Trail

Georgia / Clouldland Canyon Visitor Center

Hiking Sitton's Gulch is a great option for those who want to get a little more distance than what the 2.1 mile Waterfalls trail has to offer.

Hike to Horsetrough Falls

Georgia / Horsetrough Falls Trailhead

To get to the trail head you will follow Wilks road five miles to Upper Chattahoochee River Campground.

Nathan Szwarc
69 Saves

Hike through Phinizy Swamp

Georgia / Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

Phinizy offers miles of nature trails around the swamp and an expansive wooden boardwalk that allows visitors to walk the 100 meters across the swampy water.

Matt Van Swol
65 Saves

Paddle to Minnie's Lake

Georgia / Stephen C Foster State Park Boat Ramp

The paddle to Minnie's Lake from Stephen C. Foster State Park covers some of the most beautiful territory in all of the Okefenokee swamp.

Explore and Fish at the Savannah River Lock and Dam

Georgia / New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam Park

Hidden in the back woods behind Augusta's domestic airport, the New Savannah River Lock and Dam is a favorite fishing spot for locals.

Matt Van Swol
63 Saves

Swim at Aqueduct Park (Rae's Creek)

Georgia / Aqueduct Park Parking

Although it is not heavily advertised, Augusta's Rae Creek Aqueduct Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the area.

Matt Van Swol
63 Saves

Camp at Skidaway Island State Park

Georgia / Skidaway Island State Park

Skidaway Island State Park is a peaceful setting rich with wildlife. A conglomerate of maritime forest and salt marsh, this gem offers all kinds of opportunities for enjoying the outdoors.

Kayak Betty's Branch

Georgia / Riverside Park

Beginning at Riverside Park, put in either at the concrete boat ramp or the beach.

Matt Van Swol
59 Saves

Photograph the Stars Over Clarks Hill Lake

Georgia / Cherokee Boat Ramp

The Cherokee Boat Ramp is easily my new favorite place for astrophotography in the Augusta area.

Matt Van Swol
54 Saves

Kayak to Lake Allatoona Waterfall

Georgia / Olde Rope Mill Park

Kayak from the Olde Rope Mill Park to the Lake Allatoona Waterfall (1.5 mile paddle from park to waterfall). This easy lake paddle is great for beginners.  Waterfall Coordinates: 34.1436403,-84.

Paris Robinson
52 Saves

Kayak George H. Sparks Reservoir

Georgia / Sweetwater Creek Campground

Sweetwater Creek State Park has a lot to offer in terms of adventure. One of the best things about this park is its proximity to the city of Atlanta.

Hike to the Cockspur Island Lighthouse from Fort Pulaski

Georgia / Lighthouse Trail at Fort Pulaski

The Lighthouse Trail starts at the visitors center at Fort Pulaski. You can take your time and go inside the fort and learn about its history before you start to journey down the 1.

Eric Sullivan
50 Saves

Camp at Red Top Mountain State Park

Georgia / Red Top Mountain State Park Campground

Red Top Mountain State Park finds itself just 30 minutes up I-75 from the urban sprawl of Atlanta, and it is surprising how quickly you can forget exactly how close you are to the city with just one .

Hike to Holcomb and Ammons Creek Falls

Georgia / Holcomb/Ammons Creek Falls Trailhead

This moderate hike takes you to two scenic waterfalls in the Georgia wilderness.

Mountain Bike Chicopee Woods' Flying Squirrel Trail

Georgia / Chicopee Woods Mountain Bike Trails

There is a designated parking lot for the Chicopee Woods mountain bike trails with plenty of parking, but it can fill up on weekends.

Camp at Stephen C. Foster State Park

Georgia / Stephen C. Foster State Park

Stephen C. Foster State Park is a hot spot for Georgia wildlife. The swamps and bodies of water attract alligators, black bears, herons, turtles, and more.

Backpack the Appalachian Trail from Blood Mountain to Cowrock Mountain

Georgia / Byron Reece Memorial Trailhead

North Georgia is packed with awesome mountain trails, but few boast the beauty and magnitude of the Appalachian Trail.

Bike or Run the Savannah River Rapids Trail

Georgia / Savannah River Rapids Trail

Easily the most popular outdoor attraction in Augusta, the Savannah River Rapids Park marks the beginning of the Augusta Canal.

Matt Van Swol
42 Saves

Kayak the Augusta Canal

Georgia / Savannah River Rapids Trail

Out of all the adventures in Augusta, Kayaking the Augusta Canal might be my favorite.

Matt Van Swol
41 Saves

Ramble along the Augusta Riverwalk

Georgia / Augusta Riverwalk

Beginning at the 5th Street Marina, the Riverwalk is two tiered with an upper level and a lower level, closer to the river itself.

Matt Van Swol
35 Saves

Take a walk through Thomasville's Rose garden

Georgia / Thomasville Rose Garden

This place is very peaceful if you ever feel like getting away from all the commotion for a couple hours.

Brandyn Murray
35 Saves

Camp Mistletoe State Park

Georgia / Mistletoe State Park Campground

Mistletoe State Park is located on the beautiful Clark’s Hill Lake created by the J. Strom Thurmond Dam.

Matt Van Swol
33 Saves

Watch the Sunset at Cherokee Lake

Georgia / 420 Covington Avenue Thomasville, GA 31792

Cherokee Lake is easy to access. It can be found just off of Covington Ave. Once you pull in there are loads of places to park to enjoy a nice meal with family and friends before the sunset.

Brandyn Murray
29 Saves

Hike the Bear Hair Gap Trail

Georgia / Backcountry Trailhead

Vogel State Park is one of the many beautifully preserved wilderness parks of Northern Georgia.  With a stunning alpine lake and 17 miles of trails, you cannot go wrong.

Photograph a Sunset at West Dam

Georgia / West Dam Recreation Area

West Dam is located across the road from one of the most prominent structures in area: J. Strom Thurmond Dam. Thurmond Lake is created by the dam and the park is located on this lake.

Matt Van Swol
23 Saves

Hike Cliatt Creek Loop to Rock Dam Trail

Georgia / Mistletoe State Park Campground

Mistletoe State park encompasses 15 miles of hiking trails that lead both along Clarks Hill Lake and the river adjacent to it. Although not a necessarily strenuous hike, the 3.

Matt Van Swol
23 Saves

Photograph the Big Oak

Georgia / Big Oak

This spectacular tree is located at the corner of Monroe and Crawford st. This is a must for every visitor is a stop at Thomasville's oldest and most cherished natural landmark, The Big Oak.

Brandyn Murray
21 Saves

Hike the Trahlyta Lake Trail to Trahlyta Falls

Georgia / Trahlyta Lake Trailhead

Lake Trahlyta in Vogel State Park offers a truly unique combination of natural beauty and opportunity for recreation.

Bike or Run the Big Creek Greenway

Georgia / Big Creek Greenway - Marconi Entrance

The Big Creek Greenway is a roughly 8-mile stretch of paved trail that runs from its northern Marconi Drive entrance in Alpharetta down to Old Alabama Road in Roswell.

Andrew Todd
19 Saves

Paddle Lake Burton

Georgia / Moccasin Creek State Park

Lake Burton is, in my opinion, Georgia's most scenic large lake.  It is completely surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and has some of the clearest water in the state.

Hike around the Doll's Head Trail At Constitution Lakes Park

Georgia / Constitution Lakes Park Doll's Head Trail

Locating the entrance to Constitution Lakes Park is the hardest part of this hike.

Amber Locke
11 Saves

Hike the James E. Edmond trail to Lookoff Mountain Overlook

Georgia / James E. Edmond Trailhead

Black Rock Mountain State Park is Georgia's highest elevation State Park.  It is adorned with several waterfalls, sweeping overlooks, blooming Rhododendron's, and plenty of miles of trail.