Hiking Guide

Hiking in Georgia
Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park in the fall. Description - Hiking in the warm state of Georgia offers much for the outdoors person. The Appalachian Trail spends some time in the area and some of the best parts of it are in the Toccoa Ranger district in the Chattahoochee NF, the trail can be accessed by various side trials within this district. The Toccoa River Canoe Trail offers an easy river run. The Aska Trails is a great mountain biking trailsystem, hiking and riding, with over 430 miles of trails on the Chattahoochee, it's hard to find an area without some type of footpath. From short day hikes to more arduous trips, for novices or experts, there is a trail for every level and purpose. The four long-distance trails on the Chattahoochee are great for backpacking: the Benton MacKaye (53 miles), Bantram (37 miles), Duncan Ridge (35.5 miles), and Appalachian (79 miles on the Chattahoochee).

Still in the Chattahoochee, across from the Armuchee Ridges lie the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lake Conasauga sits here, the state's highest lake, at more than 3,000 feet above sea level. This clear cool mountain lake is surrounded by white pines and eastern hemlocks, and is a great spot for fishing. Don't forget to hike to Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest peak at 4,784 feet. Trails traverse the mountain and the observation deck offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Ten wildernesses, 1,367 miles of trout streams, and 430 miles of trails enrich the Chattahoochee National Forest.

The Oconee NF covers 115,000 acres in central Georgia. Unlike the tall peaks of the Chattahoochee, the Oconee National Forest is relatively flat with small hills. Lakes, rivers, and wildlife are the outstanding features of the Oconee. If a wealth of trails is the hallmark of the Chattahoochee, bountiful game is the signature of the Oconee. There are also plenty of excellent fishing opportunities.

Beautiful Lake Seminole, a 37,500-acre reservoir known for its excellent sport fishing, and hiking trails around the area. The lake is shallow, but natural lime sink ponds have left areas of cool, clear water with a variety of fish. The threatened gopher tortoise, the only tortoise native to Georgia, makes its home along a 2.2-mile nature trail designed to interpret the wiregrass community habitat.

Situated on a rugged peninsula that juts into Hartwell Reservoir, Tugaloo's cottages and campsites offer spectacular views of the water in every direction. Some cottages even have boat docks for overnight guests. The park also offers mountain music programs. Known as the park where spring spends the summer, Moccasin Creek is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the shores of lovely Lake Burton. Its central location makes it a perfect location perfect jumping off spot for high country exploration. Tour the adjacent trout rearing station, hike mountain trails or simply relax in the in this peaceful setting of this peaceful state park.

National Wildlife Refuges National Forests, Monuments and Seashores Lakes and Reservoirs
Blackbeard Island
Harris Neck
Chattahoochee NF
Chattahoochee River
Chattahoochee-Oconee NF
Chickamauga and Chattanooga
Cumberland Island Seashore
Fort Pulaski Monument
Jimmy Carter Historic Site
Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Oconee NF
Bobby Brown
Elijah Clark
George T. Bagby Lodge
Georgia Veterans Memorial
High Falls
Sidney Lanier
Moccasin Creek
Red Top Mountain Lodge
Richard B. Russell
Walter F. George
West Point

Guide to State Parks:
A. H. Stephens
Amicalola Falls and Lodge
Black Rock Mountain
Bobby Brown
Chief Vann House
Cloudland Canyon
Crooked River
Dahlonega Gold Museum
Elijah Clark
Etowah Indian Mounds
F. D. Roosevelt
Florence Marina
Fort King George
Fort McAllister
Fort Morris
Fort Mountain
Fort Yargo
General Coffee
George L. Smith
George T. Bagby and Lodge
Georgia Veterans Memorial
Hard Labor Creek
High Falls
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Indian Springs
James H. "Sloppy" Floyd
Jarrell Plantation
Jefferson Davis Memorial
John Tanner
Kolomoki Mounds
Lapham-Patterson House
Laura S. Walker
Little Ocmulgee Lodge
Little White House
Magnolia Springs
Moccasin Creek
New Echota Cherokee Capitol
Panola Mountain
Pickett's Mill Battlefield
Providence Canyon
Red Top Mountain Lodge
Reed Bingham
Richard B. Russell
Robert Toombs House
Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve
Skidway Island
Smithgall Woods/ Dukes Creek Conservation Area
Sprewell Bluff
Stephen C. Foster
Sweetwater Creek
Tallulah Gorge State Park
Unicoi Lodge
Victoria Bryant
Watson Mill

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