The Best Running in Georgia

Looking for the best running in Georgia? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Georgia. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top running spots in and near Georgia

  • Cumming, Georgia

    Hike the Indian Seats Trail

    4.4
    4 mi / 600 ft gain
    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 (.17 mile) trail that will take you to the trailhead. The Indian Seats Trail is a loop so once you reach the marked trail you can go either left or ...
    Read more
  • Lithia Springs, Georgia

    Hike the White Loop at Sweetwater Creek

    4.5
    4.1 mi / 250 ft gain
    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. The shortest of the three trails is the Red Trail (1 mile, one-way). After a half mile you will arrive at the impressive 5 story New Manchester ...
    Read more
  • Cleveland, Georgia

    Hike to Raven Cliff Falls

    4.6
    4.9 mi / 400 ft gain
    The hike to Raven Cliff Falls round-trip is about 5 miles. The scenery is amazing the whole way through with beautiful cascading waterfalls and running streams filled with wildlife everywhere you look. Along the way, there are a few campsites where during the warm months you'll see many tents set...
    Read more
  • Stone Mountain, Georgia

    Hike or Run Stone Mountain

    4.0
    2.25 mi / 700 ft gain
    Stone Mountain sits on the outskirts of downtown Atlanta. Located in the center of Stone Mountain Park, this 1,686 ft. granite mound provides visitors with a challenging cardio workout and excellent panoramic views of the Atlanta metropolitan area. Those who want to climb Stone Mountain should u...
    Read more
  • Jekyll Island, Georgia

    Explore Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island

    4.8
    2 mi
    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. The chaotic mess of driftwood can make the beach a maze to navigate, especially during high tide...
    Read more
  • Rising Fawn, Georgia

    Hike the West Rim Trail to Cherokee Falls

    4.5
    5.4 mi / 1945 ft gain
    Good luck finding something you dislike about Cloudland Canyon State Park - one of Georgia's largest and most scenic parks. Sitting on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, it is home to a plethora of luscious trails, easily-accessible campgrounds or yurts, and flowing waterfalls.The West Rim Loo...
    Read more
  • Atlanta, Georgia

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

    4.7
    2.25 mi / 100 ft gain
    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 restaurant and brewery. From there, walk to the intersection of Monroe Dr. and 10th St. and cross Monroe...
    Read more
  • Atlanta, Georgia

    Trail Running in Morningside Nature Preserve

    4.5
    5 mi
    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. The trail splits and you can either take the high road or low road closer to the river. Both trails meet back up near the...
    Read more
  • Rising Fawn, Georgia

    Camp at Cloudland Canyon State Park

    4.8
    If you're looking to camp somewhere with exceptional hiking and beautiful waterfalls, Southeastern Tennessee locals know not to look further than Lookout Mountain. Located on the western edge, Cloudland Canyon State Park straddles Sitton Gulch Creek and is perfect for a weekend exploration.If sta...
    Read more
  • Cleveland, Georgia

    Hike the Appalachian Trail to Preachers Rock

    5.0
    2.1 mi / 425 ft gain
    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 epi...
    Read more
  • Tybee Island, Georgia

    Hike to the Cockspur Island Lighthouse from Fort Pulaski

    5.0
    1.7 mi / 0 ft gain
    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 1.7 mile trail to the lighthouse. This is a very easy trail that is suited for just about anyone. You will be walking ...
    Read more
  • Alpharetta, Georgia

    Bike or Run the Big Creek Greenway

    3.5
    16 mi / 200 ft gain
    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. There is also an extended bit of the Greenway a little further north in Forsyth County, though these two trails do not connect. T...
    Read more
  • Ellijay, Georgia

    Hike the Tumbling Waters Trail

    1.3 mi / 160 ft gain
    Just North of Carters Lake lies one of its tributaries, Tails Creek.  The Tumbling Waters Trail follows along a scenic stretch of this creek as it cascades its way towards the lake.  This trail is moderately trafficked and considered a local favorite. The Tumbling Waters trailhead also contains a...
    Read more
  • Savannah, Georgia

    Camp at 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.  We sought out this State Park due to it's proximity to downtown Savannah, but it turned out to be far more...
    Read more
  • Martinez, Georgia

    Bike or Run the Savannah River Rapids Trail

    5.0
    7.8 mi / 50 ft gain
    Easily the most popular outdoor attraction in Augusta, the Savannah River Rapids Park marks the beginning of the Augusta Canal. The walkway flanks both the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal, allowing you to see both waterways from the trail. Reed River also flows into the canal producing some ...
    Read more
  • Atlanta, Georgia

    Take a Stroll through Blue Heron Nature Preserve

    0.7 mi
    Blue Heron Nature Preserve is located directly off of the heavily trafficked Roswell Road in Buckhead.  The preserve boasts seven acres of greenery, wetlands, meadows, wildlife, and wildflowers.  There is even an educational facility located on the grounds for those extra curious explorers.  This...
    Read more