8 great hikes and day trips in metro Atlanta and North Georgia

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Corona or not, here it comes. The best weather of the year means all of North Georgia’s famously fab parks and trails are open.

There are several dozen scenic parks in Georgia. Several of them are in metro Atlanta or within driving distance for a there-and-back getaway or an overnight stay.

Take a look at our gays making the most of nature in the latest print edition of Q ATLus magazine, and keep scrolling for our eight top choices for making outdoor memories.

Click the name of each park below for more info, and visit gastateparks.org for a full list of options further away from home.


Amicalola Falls

Dawsonville, Ga.

Easy hard surface walks and challenging backcountry trails. Appalachian Trail access. Hike to lodge at Len Foote Inn (with reservations).


F.D. Roosevelt

Pine Mountain, Ga.

Challenging trails for the fit, but also near Pine Mountain, Columbus and Calloway Gardens for the less adventurous.


Fort Mountain

Chatsworth, Ga.

Hard hikes east of Dalton, Ga. with primitive camping. Also easy walks on its Lake Loop.


Fort Yargo

Winder, Ga.

Between Atlanta and Athens. Hard-surface easy strolls on Birdberry Trail.


Panola Mountain

Stockbridge, Ga.

Historic sites southeast of Atlanta, northeast of Stockbridge. Trails are paved but hilly.


Red Top Mountain

Acworth, Ga.

East of Cartersville on Lake Altoona. Short Loop Trail easy for most.


Sweetwater Creek

Lithia Springs, Ga.

Easy strolls. Metro Atlanta’s nearest hike, west of town, north of I-20.


Tallulah Gorge & Falls

Tallulah Falls, Ga.

Easy and harder climbs on surfaced trails in northeast Georgia, east of Helen near the South Carolina state line.

This column appeared in Q ATLus magazine. Read the full issue online below:

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