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Blue Ridge Area Hiking Trails

Hiking Trails

Reconnect with nature and experience the joy of hiking in Blue Ridge and North Georgia with more than 300 miles of trails. Perfect for all experience levels, explore challenging hiking trails that lead to scenic mountain lookouts, roaring waterfalls, rustic bridges, and other points of interest with plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife along the way. Check out some of the Blue Ridge area’s best hiking trails close to our North Georgia cabin rentals such as the Benton MacKaye, Jacks River, Stanley Gap, and other trails.

Map of Area Hiking Trails & Access Points

Download a free PDF map of area hiking trails, directions, and access points. Challenge yourself on popular Fannin County trails for all difficulties including the Jacks River Falls, Hemp Top, Aska, Swinging Bridge, Three Forks, Amicalola Falls, and other trails.

Appalachian Trail

The starting point of the more than 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail is located at Springer Mountain in southern Fannin County. A favorite of hikers for decades, this legendary trail has several offshoots that vary in difficulty.

Benton MacKaye Trail

Blue Ridge is a Benton MacKaye Trail Town. This trail journeys deep into the most remote areas of Fannin County. Beginning at Springer Mountain and including several trailheads along its path, the Benton MacKaye Trail stretches 300 miles to the northeast end of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Cohutta Wilderness Area Trailheads

With more than 40,000 acres in Georgia and Tennessee, the Cohuttas comprise the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi. The Cohutta Mountains are part of the oldest known mountains in the world. Ideal for more experienced hikers, the area contains 90 miles of hiking and backpacking trails, two of which follow the Jacks and Conasauga Rivers.

Green Mountain Trail

Part of the Aska Trail System, Green Mountain Trail is rated easy to moderate and stretches 4.6 miles. The hiking and mountain biking trail is also pet friendly.

Jacks River Trail

Once an old logging railway, Jack Rivers Trail is in the Cohutta Wilderness Area and follows along Jacks River. This trail stretches over 16 miles. Once you’ve traveled 9 miles downstream from the Dally Gap trailhead, you’ll come across the stunning Jacks River Falls.

Lake Blue Ridge Loop Trail

Perfect for kids and pets, Lake Blue Ridge Loop Trail is situated in the Lake Blue Ridge Recreation Area. This easy walking trail begins as a hike along the shores of Lake Blue Ridge, and then meanders through the woods on the return trip.

Stanley Gap Trail

One of the most popular trails in the Blue Ridge area, Stanley Gap is located off Aska Road in the Aska Trail System and reaches just below the summit of Rocky Mountain. This moderate to difficult point-to-point trail is 4.6 miles.

Swinging Bridge (Benton MacKaye Trail)

This leg of the Benton MacKaye Trail stretches over the famous Swinging Bridge spanning the Toccoa River and features views of waterfalls. Swinging Bridge is 270 feet long and the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi River.

Shady Falls Trail

Found off beautiful Shady Falls Road in the Aska Trail System, this trailhead is frequented by locals and visitors alike.

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