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5 North Georgia Waterfall Hikes Perfect for Summer

Get outside and be active, but most importantly, relax.

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Let’s be honest, summer in Georgia isn’t exactly friendly to a long, exposed day hike. Rather than spending the whole day baking in the sun, head out on one of these easy hikes to a cool, refreshing waterfall. North Georgia is home to some of the most beautiful wilderness in the state and most of these hikes are 2 miles or less. Plus, the forest and waterfalls provide a nice shady place for a summer picnic. It doesn’t get much better than that, does it?

1. Hike the Trahlya Lake Trail to Trahlya Falls

Photo: Christian Murillo

2. Hike to Hurricane Falls, Tallulah Gorge SP

Photo: Matthew Koehnemann

3. Hike Cloudland Canyon’s Waterfall Trail

Photo: Alan Maxcy

4. Hike to Desoto Falls

Photo: Jeremy Cournyea

5. Hike to Minnehaha Falls

Photo: Jeremy Cournyea

Discover more adventure across the state at Explore Georgia.

Cover photo: Alan Maxcy

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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