The Best Secret Spots for Hiking in Georgia


Despite the famous Robert Frost poem, the road not taken is usually an awful choice. The road more traveled has been learned, mastered, and is often the easy choice for leisure RVers. But, every so often, you want to be a little wild, exploring a brave unknown where few dare to go.

If that sounds like your style of travel, this guide was made for you. We’re going to go over the best hiking trails in Georgia that are less traveled. And that will make all the difference in your next adventure!

Read on to uncover your new favorite hidden gems in this beautiful state.

The Best Hiking Trails in Georgia

These lesser-known and uncrowded hiking trails in Georgia are perfect for any skill level. Find your next hiking adventure below.

George L. Smith State Park, Twin City

This south Georgian state park is the perfect retreat for anyone looking for a secluded spot. The park is known for its natural beauty and the Parrish Mill and Pond, an old sawmill and dam built in 1880. Anglers will find plenty to do since the park is situated next to Watson Pond, which offers plenty of fishing opportunities.

For a trail with few people on it, try the George L. Smith Loop Trail. It’s an easy Georgia hiking trail that anyone can enjoy and takes about 50 minutes to complete. 

Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge

Panola Mountain State Park is a popular destination located just 15 minutes outside of Atlanta. And while this may be the most densely populated park on the list, it’s a world away from home for Atlanta locals. The park is famous for its 100-acre rock outcropping, unusually beautiful scenery, and historic landmarks. 

If you don’t mind potentially exploring with a few fellow hikers, we highly recommend the “Secrets of the Mountain” wilderness hike. This strenuous, 6-mile Georgia hiking trail will lead you through hidden cemeteries, whiskey stills from the prohibition era, beaver dams, and more. 

Providence Canyon, Lumpkin

Interested in rarely seen, strange geological rock formations? A visit to Providence Canyon, Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon,” may be in order. Poor farming practices of the 1800s created the massive gullies of this canyon. But rather than causing a catastrophe, this man-made damage created the beautiful crags and rifts of the canyon. The gorgeous foliage and varied tones of rock make for some incredible photo-ops. 

Hit the Canyon Perimeter Loop Trail for the best views (and more highly trafficked hiking). Or try the 6.6-mile Backcountry Trail Loop for something a little more secluded and challenging.

Cumberland Island

Cumberland Island is Georgia’s southernmost barrier island. It’s home to nearly 10,000 acres of pristine wilderness, beaches, and maritime forests. The only way to get to the camp is by ferry, and reservations at one of the island’s five campsites are highly recommended. Once arrived, you’ll get to enjoy a secluded beachy atmosphere and beautiful scenery everywhere you turn.

For a spot away from most, reserve a spot at the Yankee Paradise Campsite. The scenic, 6.6-mile hiking trail there is likely to be uninhabited.

Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs

Sweetwater Creek State Park is another popular spot for Atlanta natives and is located just minutes outside the city. Depending on the season and time of day, you may find the park a bit crowded or even temporarily closed if it’s filled up. Try planning your visit for the off-season or a weekday if possible to avoid dense crowds.

Despite how close it is to downtown Atlanta, Sweetwater Creek is surprisingly peaceful and has plenty of Georgia hiking trails to explore. To avoid seeing too many other people, try the more difficult hikes like the Red, White, or Yellow trails. These form an 11-mile loop that’s equal parts scenic stroll and intense workout.

Amicalola Falls State Park

Amicalola sits just 8 miles away from the legendary Appalachian Trail and is famous for its 729-foot waterfall. This is the third highest falls east of the Mississippi River and a beloved source of rejuvenation and revitalization that only mother nature could provide. The 829-acre land area is usually sparsely populated. But, if a secluded getaway is your vibe, you’ll want to strictly avoid leaf season (mid-October to mid-November). The sweeping panoramas of pristine fall foliage drive hundreds of visitors to admire and snap photos. 

No matter when you plan your visit, don’t leave without walking the half mile it takes to see the Amicalola Falls. To avoid most other hikers, look to moderate-difficulty trails like the Lenn Foote Hike Inn Trail. Or, for a real challenge, push yourself on the Appalachian Approach Trail, a 28.6-mile Georgia hike that will take over 9 hours to complete. 

Black Rock Mountain, Mountain City

Black Rock Mountain encompasses Georgia’s highest state park. The peaks here reach altitudes of 3,640 feet. The drive into the park is a fun one marked by scenic, winding roads up. Making the ascent by car or foot will reward you with some of the finest scenery in the state, with over 80 miles of viewing to the horizon. 

And the park is also home to one of Georgia’s hidden gems — Greasy Creek Falls. These falls are not found on any park map, so finding your way there will be an adventurous accomplishment and offer you a secluded Georgia hike all for yourself.

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