There's a lot of hype when it comes to hiking in North Georgia, and though there are some great spots up there, we need to give South Georgia some credit where it's due. Down south there are tons of gorgeous beaches, swamp land, palm trees and more that will make you feel like you're on an out-of-state getaway, not to mention these eight South Georgia hiking spots perfect for fall that will help you find your zen.

Canyon Loop Trail at Providence Canyon

Address: 8930 Canyon Rd., Lumpkin, GA 31815

Why You Need To Go: This trail takes you everywhere you need to go to discover the awe-striking peaks and valleys of what is known as "The Little Grand Canyon."

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Cumberland Island National Seashore

Address: Plum Orchard Dr., St. Marys, GA 31558

Why You Need To Go: Hike this remote, 16-mile-long barrier island (part of Georgia's Golden Isles) to discover hiking trails, dunes, powdery sand beaches and maybe even spot the wild horses that roam. 

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Skidaway Island State Park

Address: 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411

Why You Need To Go: There's so much to do in this peaceful desert-tropical park in Savannah. Hike through trails that wind through maritime forest and salt marsh, leading to a boardwalk and observation tower.

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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 2700 N. Suwannee Canal Rd., Folkston, GA 31537

Why You Need To Go: You can't go wrong on any of the trails on the 402,000 acres of untouched nature. Find your zen through gorgeous swampland, greenery and peaceful hiking trails.

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Crooked River State Park

Address: 6222 Charlie Smith Sr. Hwy., St. Marys, GA 31558

Why You Need To Go: This beautiful preserved 500-acre state park provides amazing (and easy) hikes along the coast so you can enjoy your atmosphere by the water.

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Reed Bingham State Park

Address: 542 Reed Bingham Rd., Adel, GA 31620

Why You Need To Go: Hike seven miles of scenic trails to see an abudance of unique wildlife, water lilies and tupelo trees. The massive lake here has beach side pavilions, making it a perfect getaway. 

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Flat Rock Park

Address: 6106 Warm Springs Rd., Columbus, GA 31909

Why You Need To Go: This gorgeous park by the water in Columbus lets you hike several scenic trails that are so gorgeous in the fall when the leaves are changing color.

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Cannon's Point Preserve

Address: Cannon Point Rd., St. Simons, GA 31522

Why You Need To Go: This gorgeous park in St. Simons Island is filled with tons of awe-striking palms and spanish moss trees; and the best part is, you're right by the beach.

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If you are hungry for more hikes in Georgia, check out this short hike that leads you to a creepy graveyard (just in time for Halloween) or this waterfall in Atlanta that cascades into emerald pools.

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