Although I was born and raised in Arkansas, I’ve lived in Georgia on-and-off for the past five years. And let me say … this state is surprisingly beautiful.

Yes, Georgia has Atlanta, the University of Georgia, and professional sports teams out the wazoo. But it also has a ton of gorgeous hiking spots.

If you’re not an intense hiker, don’t be intimidated. The trails on this list vary in difficulty, but they are all day hikes. Just dedicate one afternoon to one of these hikes, and you’ll see Georgia in a whole new way.

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Blood Mountain hike

1. Blood Mountain

Location: North Georgia

Length: 4.3 miles, round-trip

Level: Difficult

I’m a sucker for any path on the Appalachian Trail. The top of Blood Mountain is the highest point of the AT’s Georgia section. Personally, I prefer starting at Neels Gap, going to Blood Mountain’s peak, then going back down the way I came, where my car with an air conditioner (or heater, depending on the season) is waiting for me.

Tallulah Gorge State Park Georgia hike

2. Tallulah Gorge State Park

Location: North Georgia

Length: 2 miles, round-trip

Level: Moderate

Exploring Tallulah Gorge’s beauty is less of a “hike” and more of a “trek up and down a crap-ton of steps.” However, it’s still a great workout, and it’s still a way to see one of the most beautiful spots in North Georgia. If you go in autumn, the orange and red trees are insane.

Raven Cliff Falls Trail Georgia hike

3. Raven Cliff Falls Trail

Location: North Georgia

Length: 5 miles, round-trip

Level: Easy

If you like waterfalls (that’s me) then this is a nice day hike for you. Raven Cliff Falls is an out-and-back trail, and the highlight is probably the waterfall that awaits you at the 2.5-mile mark. Relax at this landmark for a while. (Or splash around, or climb on rocks.)

stone mountain hike georgia

4. Stone Mountain

Location: Atlanta area

Length: 2 miles, round-trip

Level: Moderate

The hike up Stone Mountain is an interesting one. I mean that because you’ll probably see three different types of people on this mountain: People out for a nice hike, people in intense exercise groups trucking it to the top, or people who want to get drunk and watch fireworks. Granted, if you’re visiting Stone Mountain State Park on a day when fireworks are beings set of for a special event, you can probably guess which type of person you’ll spot the most often.

Bell Mountain Georgia hike

5. Bell Mountain

Location: North Georgia

Length: Hard to say

Level: Easy

Why do I write “hard to say” about the length of this trail? Well, a paved road was recently built so that people can drive all the way to the top. Before, there wasn’t a real “trail,” but there was a graveled road and some safe areas to walk up to the top.

Now, there’s less walking involved when you visit Bell Mountain, but you can still walk around the top and climb all over graffiti-ed rock formations. All while gazing at the 360-degree view of Lake Chatuge and its surrounding mountains! So, still worth the visit? Yes. A million times yes.

Arabia Mountain Georgia hike

6. Arabia Mountain

Location: Atlanta area

Length: 1.3 miles, round-trip

Level: Easy

The best part of Arabia Mountain is the weird, red plants growing out of the rocks. This isn’t your typical hike. The granite and views made me feel like I was in a movie where astronauts are the first to discover some bizarre new planet.

East Palisades Trail Georgia hike

7. East Palisades Trail

Location: Atlanta area

Length: 2.6 miles, round-trip

Level: Moderate

This trail goes along the Chattahoochee River. Which was great, because my friend and I went in the middle of summer, and after only a couple miles, my clothes were soaked through with sweat. We stumbled upon a popular area on the trail for cliff jumping and rope swinging and cooled off in the river!

sope creek trail georgia hike

8. Sope Creek Trail

Location: Atlanta area

Length: 1.5 miles, round-trip

Level: Easy

On Soap Creek Trail, you’ll find the ruins of a paper mill from the Civil War. While The Husband and I had fun climbing on those, my favorite part was the serene Chattahoochee River. I found this hike very peaceful. Immediately afterward, we met up with a friend who told us he had recently tripped acid on Sope Creek Trail and had a ball. That sounds terrifying to me, but if that’s how you wanna hike, I can tell you that I know at least one person who did that and did not die.