While visiting one of our cabin rentals in Helen, GA, you may be interested in hiking through the mountains. Here are a few spots available to you can use.
Blood Mountain Loop: hiking the Appalachian Trail and Freeman Trail
Summit Blood Mountain, the highest-elevation summit on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, on this three-trail loop hiking up, over and around the summit. It’s one of the most popular North Georgia hikes – and for a good reason: the views from the summit are outstanding, stretching far and wide over the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains, and it visits a historic Appalachian Trail shelter along the way.
Tallulah Gorge Sliding Rock Trail
Tallulah Gorge’s towering sheer walls and deep waterfall-filled depths are simply stunning. Our favorite hike at Tallulah Gorge State Park catches stunning, soaring views from the gorge’s rim before plunging to the gorge floor by way of a swinging suspension bridge and catching up-close views of the thundering Hurricane Falls. After climbing to the opposite rim, the hike plunges once again, scrambling over boulders to visit the Bridal Veil Falls waterfall, a natural rock slide and the only place swimming is allowed within the gorge. It’s a tough hike, and requires a free permit from the park’s ranger office – but the adventure is oh-so-worth-it.
Raven Cliff Falls Trail
Hike the Raven Cliff Trail through a waterfall-filled valley in the Chattahoochee National Forest to one of Georgia’s most unique waterfalls, Raven Cliff Falls. These gorgeous waterfalls cascade 400 feet down through a towering cliff, slicing the massive cliff in half.
Appalachian Trail: Hiking Woody Gap to Big Cedar Mountain
Hike the Appalachian Trail from Woody Gap, exploring a ferny, shady ridgeline at Big Cedar Mountain. Catch open views from the mountain’s expansive summit at Preacher’s Rock before hiking the AT northbound to Jarrard Gap near Lake Winfield Scott.
Panther Creek Falls Trail
Hike the banks of Panther Creek to one of the most beautiful, rushing waterfalls in Georgia. The trail visits the upper, multi-tiered cascades of Panther Creek Falls before dropping to a sandy beach to visit the lower waterfall. The trail is enormously popular with day hikers, backpackers and campers.
Grassy Mountain Tower Trail from Lake Conasauga
Hike from the shores of the glassy Lake Conasauga, Georgia’s highest-elevation lake, to a historic steel fire lookout tower on the summit of Grassy Mountain. The hike explores scenic forest in Georgia’s remote Cohutta Wilderness, the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River, and climbs to incredible views of nearby Fort Mountain.
Appalachian Trail: Three Forks to Springer Mountain
Hike the Appalachian Trail southbound from Three Forks to the southernmost point of the AT in Georgia, Springer Mountain. The hike treks from the shady, creek-filled Three Forks valley to the lofty Springer Mountain summit, packing a ton of terrain variety along the hike.
Lower Conasauga River Trail
Hike through a remote, lush forest deep in Georgia’s Cohutta Wilderness, following the Conasauga River Trail as it dives through river crossing after river crossing on this fun but challenging hike. The trail’s namesake river runs nearly crystal-clear, and is home to a staggering variety of freshwater fish. It’s a gorgeous, remote, scenic hike – and a great, splashy, cool hike for Georgia’s scorching summertime months.
Cloudland Canyon: Waterfalls Trail and West Rim Loop
Plunging deep from the rim of Lookout Mountain in northwest Georgia, Cloudland Canyon offers some of the state’s best and most scenic hiking trails. Hike this two-trail duo to visit Cloudland’s duo of plunging waterfalls deep within the canyon, and then follow the West Rim Loop for soaring views from the canyon’s east and west rims.
Yonah Mountain Trail
Hike the Yonah Mountain Trail near Helen to outstanding summit views, scaling Yonah’s elevation at a quick pace for a great workout. The trail hikes the boulder and wildflower-filled lower elevations of this iconic mountain before cresting at the summit and grabbing incredible views.
Appalachian Trail: Hiking Three Forks to Long Creek Falls
The Appalachian Trail reaches Three Forks in Georgia 4.3 miles from Springer Mountain. At Three Forks, this classic North Georgia hike starts an Appalachian Trail journey to a beautiful, rushing waterfall in a forest of hemlocks and rhododendrons.
We hope that this gives you some ideas of places you can go to hike while staying at one of our cabin rentals in Helen, Georgia.