Cleveland, Georgia

Hike the Appalachian Trail to Preachers Rock

2.1 Miles Total - 425 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Christian Murillo

Take a short hike on the iconic Appalachian Trail to one of Georgia’s most scenic mountain views. This 2-mile hike makes for a perfect half-day trip for your whole family any time of the year.

The Appalachian Trail is arguably the most famous thru-hike in the world.  Along its 2,181-mile journey, there are many beautiful mountain views, and Preachers Rock is definitely one of them.  A large granite slab near the summit of Big Cedar Mountain reveals mountain views that are truly the epitome of what North Georgia is all about.

Just 1.5 hours North of Atlanta, the Woody Gap trailhead marks the beginning of the climb to Preachers Rock.  The trail begins following the white AT blazes to the northeast and gently climbs for the first half-mile.  After about 10-15 minutes of hiking, the trail becomes noticeably steeper as it begins a much more aggressive climb up Big Cedar Mountain.  Several switchbacks bring you through the hardwood forest and past some large boulders until you get to Preachers Rock.

The view from Preachers Rock is one of the finest in the entire state, overlooking a deep valley, with Mount Yonah and Cowrock Mountain in the distance.  Catching a sunrise from this vantage point is one of my all-time favorite Blue Ridge Mountain adventures. 

The return to Woody Gap follows the same trail that was taken on the climb up, descending just over a mile to the parking lot.  This hike is great year-round and is well known, but does not draw as many crowds as some other hikes in the area.  

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Short and sweet

Really short hike very popular with students at my university. Well maintained and clean trail with beautiful views. Sunrise/sunset trips are great here!


One of the most beautiful spots in georgia I’ve been to. Takes my breath away every time and you never get tired of that view.

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