79 of the Appalachian Trail's 2,100 miles run through Georgia. Access to the trail is at several locations. Through hiking begins in the early spring; several options for day hiking are available.
1.5 mile one way; 0.6 miles from Visitor Center at the north end, 1.3 miles from south end.
This rugged trail requires fording/wading Dukes Creek near the north end.
2 mile loop. Compacted Soil Surface. 1.5 hours. Rated moderate.
A moderate hike through rhododendrons, mountain laurels, and hemlocks that passes by remains of an old homestead.
0.5 mile one way; 2.8 miles from Visitor Center.
Also called the Chunanee Falls Trail, this memorial trail is in honor of Cathy Ellis, who loved the north Georgia mountains.
Dukes Creek Falls is conveniently located on the Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Highway. The area offers a moderate hiking trail and exceptional scenery with panoramic views of Mount Yonah.
1/3 mile loop. Compacted Soil Surface. 25 minutes. Rated easy.
A short walk around Frog Pond marked by interpretive signs and tree identification signs.
This brief leg-stretch is marked by the first bridge across the Chattahoochee River. .3 miles; in and out
County: White County, GA, Union County, GA
An easy trail that wends its way through a mile of wildflower and native flora. Some of the trail is on road/logging road, but the trail part is lightly use and an easy ascent to the Appalachian Trail
Located adjacent to the Visitor Center at Smithgall Woods State Park, this interpretive trail is a moderate 1.6-mile loop that climbs to Laurel Ridge and provides a seasonal view of Mt. Yonah.
Logan Turnpike Trail is a great beginning backpack trip or a nice day hike.
Logan Turnpike Trail- 1.9 miles (USFS). The Logan Turnpike Trail follows the historic Logan Turnpike.
0.9 mile loop; 2.1 miles from Visitor Center.
A wooden bridge across Dukes Creek begins this trail. The 0.9-mile loop interprets the history of gold mining at this site.
The Mount Yonah trail is easily accessible between Cleveland and Helen. It's a relatively short trail at 2.1 miles, but some sections of the trail are steep enough to get a good workout.
This trail links the Anna Ruby Falls trail to Unicoi State Park. The 4.7-mile hike leaves the Anna Ruby Falls Trail near the upper bridge across the headwaters of Smith Creek and leads to the park.
2.7 mile loop. Compacted Soil Surface. 2 hours. Rated easy. This trail is mostly flat as it winds around the edge of the 53-acre Unicoi Lake. A pleasant loop trail with views of Uncoi Lake and surroun
3 miles, one-way. Compacted Soil Surface. 2 hours, one-way / 4 hours, round-trip. Rated moderate to strenuous.
Hike from Unicoi State Park to the alpine village of Helen.
This is a 3-mile trail one way, 3 miles back, that begins at the Visitor Center, crosses a small tributary of Dukes Creek, and winds around a large pasture along Dukes Creek.
Trail length: 6 miles
This 1/2 mile trail begins after a 1.2 mile hike from the Visitor Center parking lot and explores a wetland which was originally created by a beaver dam in the bottomlands along Dukes Creek.