As soon as the temperatures drop in Georgia, it's time to start breaking out the fall decor and heading outside to take advantage of that sweater weather. Fall is the perfect time to find new places to explore in the state and soak up the colorful views. This list of perfect fall hikes in Georgia each have something different to offer and will take you on an adventure through The Peach State's stunning landscapes.
Whether you're getting incredible views of the fall foliage over the Georgia mountain tops or finding a waterfall to enhance that crisp autumn breeze, there's a little something for everyone on this list.
These seven hikes range from easy to moderately difficult. If you want an amazing payoff, you're going to have to work for it, at least a little bit.
Autumn is right around the corner, so start planning your trips now and get you excited for what fall splendor is to come.
West Overlook & CCC Fire Tower Trails At Fort Mountain State Park
Price: $5 for parking
Address: 181 Fort Mountain Park Rd., Chatsworth, GA
Why You Need To Go: This three-in-one trail is a one-mile loop trail that takes you to the beautiful West Overlook to see mountain views for miles. You'll also pass a rock tower and natural rock gardens.
Why You Need To Go: Depending on how long you want to hike for, this loop trail can be either 5-miles or 5.4-miles round trip. The Benton MacKaye Trail will take you to a rocky outcrop that'll have views of grassy mountain tops.
Woody Gap To Preacher's Rock
Why You Need To Go: You'll hike through the Appalachian Trail and through a hardwood forest to get to Preacher's Rock that'll give you views of the Chattahoochee National Forest.
Address: Blood Mountain Wilderness, Cleveland, GA
Why You Need To Go: This trail is the highest summit on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia and it'll take your breath away. It's not the easiest mountain to climb, but the payoff is worth it.
Anna Ruby Falls
Price: $3 per person
Address: 3455 Anna Ruby Falls Rd., Helen, GA
Why You Need To Go: The crisp fall breeze will feel amazing while hiking uphill to these twin waterfalls. There are wooden overlooks at the top so you can get up close to the falls.
Sitton's Gulch Trail at Cloudland Canyon State Park
Price: $5 for parking
Address: 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd., Rising Fawn, GA
Dukes Creek Falls Trail
Price: $4 per vehicle
Address: 1699 Richard Russell Hwy., Helen, GA
Why You Need To Go: This hike won't just give you spectacular views of the fall foliage over Yonah Mountain, but it'll take you to a waterfall, too. Dukes Creek Falls is 150-feet tall and makes for amazing photos.
Start booking those Airbnb's and plan your weekend escapes for exploring the great outdoors this fall season.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.