125+ Best Places for Hiking in Georgia [Kids & Beginners]

 

If you enjoy hiking near Atlanta then this list of 125 hikes under 2-miles is a great resource. You’ll enjoy Georgia waterfalls, Atlanta parks, local hiking trails, nature trails and the best hiking in Georgia for kids and beginners. Hiking with kids is both challenging and rewarding. I’ve been hiking with my guys since they were born, and it is one of our favorite ways to spend the day. Until their little legs can carry them farther, our hiking adventures tend to be shorter than the average outdoorsman- but no less fun.

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Just as always, please leave a comment below if you know of a hike in your area that is great for kids and 2 miles or under. I continue to update this list when we find new places, and I want to add your discoveries, too. New to hiking with kids? Check out these tips.

 

Adairsville

Manning Mill  – Take the 1.5 mile hike around Manning Mill Lake. The park includes a playground.

 

Alpharetta

Wills Park – 1.8-mile trail around the park.  Start the loop at the playground, and you can use it as a teaser to get your little one to the finish line!

 

Atlanta

Atlanta Beltline – This new Atlanta attraction is full of trails, playgrounds, graffiti art, and so much more! With so many trails, see the website for more information.

Atlanta Memorial Park – A great hike in the city that starts and stops at a popular playground. 1.5 miles, with great trees.

Blue Heron Nature Preserve – .25-mile hike through the woods, play at a sandbar, and past the community garden.

Cascade SpringsA secret haven in the city. Waterfall, forest hike, and history. Just under 2 miles.

Elwyn John Wildlife Sanctuary – Take a 1.4-mile loop in the woods.

Lullwater Park – I have had a lot of trouble finding distances for the trails at this park.  From my recommended parking location (see link) to the suspension bridge and mill ruins was probably a bit over 1 mile, but that is a guess.  I walked it with my two young sons, so it was definitely under 2 miles.

Morningside Nature Preserve – A great hike on a boardwalk, a path, and over a great suspension bridge. The entire hike is just under 3 miles, but I put it here because it’s only 2 miles to the bridge (round trip,) and if your kids are like mine, there is no pulling them farther. The sand and water are too much fun!

Murphey Candler Park  – A 1.6 mile loop around the lake and through the woods.

Oakland Cemetery – Oakland Cemetery is a can’t miss landmark in Atlanta.  See gorgeous gardens and learn about Georgia’s history. There are even Smithsonian sculptures in the garden. Bring a camera and visit in spring. Be sure to download one of two free apps for your self guided tour. Depending on the paths you take, walks can range from .5 miles to 2 miles.

Piedmont Park – Several paved pedestrian roads in this wooded park make up loops from 0.7 miles to 1.68 miles. There are playgrounds, a pond, and plenty of space to run and play. Playgrounds.

 

Blairsville

Brasstown Bald Trail – 1.2 miles round trip, from the parking lot to the summit tower. Paved.

Desoto Falls – The entire trail is 2.4 miles, but you can enjoy both waterfalls on this trail by hiking to the second fall at 0.75 miles and then turning back, making is a 1.5 mile hike.

Helton Creek Falls – Two waterfalls with a viewing platform. Short and easy at .4 miles, but there are stairs.

Lake Trahlyta – This is a beautiful scenic 1-mile trail around the lake.  If you’re up for it, there is a short spur on the backside of the lake leading down to the base of Trahlyta Falls.  Also in Vogel State Park is .8 mile partial loop, Byron Reece Nature Trail.  In the spring the park offers peddle-boats and bike rentals.

 

Blue Ridge

Eyes on Wildlife – 1.2 mile trail on Cooper’s Creek. Wonderful waterfalls here.

Fall Branch Falls – Hike up hill an easy .6 miles to the lower falls.  Take a short side fork off the right side to the lower falls and an observation deck. Go a short hike longer to the upper falls if you are up for it.

Long Creek Falls – a 2-mile easy/moderate trail with gorgeous falls and creek play as the reward.

Sosebee Cove – This is a short and easy trail near Vogel State Park, coming in at under 1/3 of a mile (although a few sites read it as .5 miles.)  It is a great one for young toddlers who want to begin walking on their own.  For the best photos, visit this trail at the beginning of April when wildflowers are at their peak. The unique ecosystem in the area ensures that almost every Georgia native flower, including orchids and trilliums, are in abundance.

 

Buford

Buford Dam – 2 miles round trip will take you past the dam that creates Lake Lanier.

 

Cartersville

Allatoona Pass – This peaceful trail through the pines has a rich war and rail history.  Take the 1-mile main trail, or any offshoots from this.

Coopers Furnace – Take this 1.5 mile balloon loop past the iron works.

Pine Mtn Rec Area – To access the shorter trail here, park at the trailhead off Main Street.  The trailhead path plus the West Loop trail are just under 2 miles long with great views along the way.

Red Top Mountain – Six trails. White Tail Trail is 1 mile in and back.  The Visitor Center Trail Loop and the Lakeside Trail Loop are ¾ miles each. Playground.

 

Carrollton

John Tanner Park (from Miranda) – 3/4 mile nature trail, 1 mile paved trail on the lake, playground, swimming beach, picnic shelters!

 

Chatsworth

Big Rock Nature Trail – This is one of several fun hikes at Fort Mountain State Park.  It is a .8 mile loop, but careful, as the climb near the falls is more ‘moderate’ than ‘easy.’ The West Overlook and Stone Wall Trail are great historical trails with amazing views that together are 1.6 miles.

Songbird Trail – 1.7 mile loop. It is peaceful and easy.  I remember my son falling asleep in his stroller every time we walked it…until he was old enough to walk it with me.

 

Corner

Watson Mill State Park – This is the most picturesque of the State Parks, some say.  Three trails offer hikes under 2 miles, including great views of the dam and covered bridge.

 

Conyers

Big Haynes Creek Nature Center (from Denzil) – There are mountain bike trails and horse trails – walkers are not able to use these.  But within the nature center are more trails, perfect for hikers.  The main trail is .5 miles, and additional trails run off that one, with docks, a canoe launch, and more.

Johnson Park* (from Denzil) – 1.0 mile paved trail around the playground.

 

Covington

 Chimney Park (from Denzil) – I want to go here now! It has Fairy Houses and a Maypole, with an incredible mission! I can see that there is at least a .6 mile trail here, with much more to do.  I put in a call about other hiking and will update when I get the 411.

Newton Trails (from Denzil) – Two trails in Newton. Oxford is 1.2 miles with benches and interpretive signs. It’s not a loop, so you’ll want to cut back at half-way through your desired length.  Porterdale is a .2 mile loop, which will eventually connect to the train depot (cool!)

 

Cumming

Sawnee Mountain Preserve* – This preserve is known primarily for the Indian Seats trail, which is a strenuous trail to the peak of the mountain.  For young kids, park at the Visitor Center and hike the 1/3 mile round trip trail from the center to the tree house.  There is a short (1/10 mile is my guess) Fairy Houses trail beside the treehouse, as well.  Kids can play at the play area outside the visitor center once you are done hiking.  Enter through the main entrance for a more traditional playground area and access to the ¼ mile Eaglet Trail.  Another ¼ mile will take you to the old mine shaft.  This is also a shorter way to reach the Observation Deck and Indian Seats, although the climb is steep.

 

Dacula

Little Mulberry Park* (from Melissa) – This looks like a 2.2 mile hike around a gorgeous pond.  I’ll keep it here until I get the 2-4 mile hike post up.  It also appears that there are several other shorter trails, but that they shoot off the main trail.  The photos of this park look amazing…I think we’ll head up here soon! Thanks Melissa!

 

Dahlonega

Cane Creek Falls – Only about a 100-yard walk, but still worth mentioning because of the falls. A fun stop if you are in the area.

Springer Mountain – An easy 2 mile trail that ends at the Appalachian Trail.

 

Dallas

Pickett’s Mill (from Douglas) – Four of the five trails are 2 miles or under.  I walked the blue trail once with my kids and 75 year old mother-in-law! It’s a pretty site along the creek; the large boulders make a soothing sound.

 

Dawsonville

Amicalola River Trail – One of my favorite secret places in the mountains. The entire trail is 2.9 miles, but you’ll want to stop at about 1 mile in (or a little less) and play on the rocks and in the water.

 

Douglasville

Boundary Waters Park (from Miranda) – 3 trails; the blue is 1.1 miles.  There is a playground and lake, as well.

 

Dunwoody

Dunwoody Nature Center – The Woodland Trail loop is an easy 1.5 miles. Playground, tree house, boardwalk…this is a fun park that is free.

 

Ellijay

Tumbling Waters – 1.5 mile loop to a cove of Carter’s Lake and Trails Creek. For tips to the two observations decks and how to make this a loop, follow the link.

 

Flovilla

Indian Spring State Park – Wade Middle Georgia’s in Sandy Creek or swim in McIntosh Lake….the spring water here is said to hold healing powers and can be sampled at the Spring House.  After walking the ¾-mile nature trail, play at the playground or on the beach, take in a round of mini-golf, or visit the museum.

 

Gainsville

Elachee Nature Center – Six trails. Four trails under ¾ of a mile each.

Don Carter State Park – One paved trail (1.5 miles) and one wooded trail (2 miles.) Playgrounds.

 

Helen

Anna Ruby Falls – The hike from the parking lot is paved and less than a mile round trip.  Gorgeous twin falls are your reward.

Whitley Gap Trail – The entire length of this trail is 2.8 miles (1.4 each way,) but luckily you don’t have to follow it the entire way to enjoy the best part.  At about .5 miles in you will reach the top of Wildcat Mountain with great views and fairyland growth on the trees, making it a special place for kids.  Go in spring when the rhododendrons are blooming en masse.

Dukes Creek Falls – A gorgeous and easy/moderate 1 mile hike to the bottom of the 250-ft falls.  There are observation decks as well.  The moss covered boulders and wildflowers in this area are magical.

 

Jackson

High Falls State Park – There are multiple trails at High Falls State Park. We enjoyed the Falls Trail most of all. No indication of the length on the map, but it has to be under 2 miles because it is shorter in length on the map than the Tranquil Trail, which is marked as 2 miles. The Historic Trail is .75 miles, and goes to the ruins.

 

Jasper

Burnt Mountain Preserve – There are three loop trails here, each under 2 miles.  Don’t let this fool you though, the white blazed trail is a “ladder chute” and very steep.  If you’re up for it (maybe with older kids) the reward is a wonderful swimming hole at the bottom! Enjoy the other trails (easy and moderate) in the preserve with wonderful wildflowers.

 

Johns Creek

Autrey Mill (from Kathy) – I can’t believe I left this off, especially when it was Day 43 this year.  There are over 2 miles of trails (best I can tell, there are 2, overlapping 1.25 mile loops.) It’s been several years since we visited – have to get there again.

 

Kennesaw

Kennesaw Mountain Trail – We love the climb to the top of the mountain from the visitor center.  It is 1 mile up and 1 mile back down. A stroller will not make its way up this rugged terrain, but my just-turned-three-year-old had no problems navigating.

Smith Gilbert Gardens – I am not able to find definitive lengths on the trails here, but having visited over a dozen times, I can tell you they are not over 2 miles.  We love it here; it’s a gem in the suburbs with over 3,000 species of plants, a waterfall, children’s garden, picnic area, and more.

 

Lawrenceville

Bethesda Park – 1.5 mile hike around the lake. Playgrounds.

Collins Hill Park (from Leslie) – 1.5 mile trail. Per Leslie: wooded trail that is maintained and never muddy. Park in the parking lot next to the basketball courts. On the same side of the drive as the courts. Then go to the far end of that parking lot and you will see the beginning of the trail. You will be walking along a creek on your left. After five minutes of walking you will see a very small cement bridge that allows you to cross the creek. Take that bridge and just follow the trail and it will bring you through 1 1/2 miles of woods. It will drop you right back to your car. Kid and dog friendly. Some hills.

Rhodes Jordan – 1.9-mile paved path with two playgrounds.

 

Lithia Springs

Sweetwater Creek State Park – 4 Trails.  The red trail is 1 mile in and 1 mile back.  This trail takes you past the mill ruins and to the falls.

 

Lithonia

Arabia Mountain – 8 trails, each of them are under 1 mile, but notice that many of them are only accessible via another trail (which extends the trail length.)  With little kiddos you’ll want to stick to Trails A, D, E (if you stop at the water,) F, G, and H.

 

Marietta

Cheatam Hill Loop – This loop is 1 mile long, and one trail of over 16 miles worth of hiking opportunities in Kennesaw Mountain Park.

 

Morrow

Reynolds Nature Preserve – This nature preserve is gorgeous in spring when the wildflowers are blooming along one of the five ponds.  There are three trails, each under 1.5 miles.

 

Newnan

Chattahoochee Bend State Park (from Steve) – The website doesn’t give a breakdown of the trails, so we are glad Steve dropped a note about the opportunities here: Our Flat Rock Trail is a one mile “lollipop loop” that goes through two globally imperiled environments, featuring granite outcrops with diamorpha pools, ponds where frogs lay bunches of egg clusters, Montane long leaf pines and moss-covered boulders. Our Riverside Trail starts at the Day Use Area’s playground and it’s a flat two-mile round-trip hike to the 30′ observation tower; along the way you’ll enjoy great views of the Chattahoochee River. We even have bald eagles with an active nest!! (Um, Steve, this is way cool!)

 

Locus Grove

Noah’s Ark – This is a wonderful animal rehabilitation refuge (and orphanage) with paved walk ways great for walking with the kids.  Donations are appreciated, but entrance is free.

 

Palmetto

Cochran Mill Nature Center & Park – The Park is adjacent to the Nature Center, although they are not operated together.  The park offers several trails under 2 miles, including a walk to the falls.

 

Powder Springs

Lucille Creek – A 1-mile route along the creek in the shade.

 

Rome

Arrowhead Wildlife Trails – 2.2 miles of nature trails with a beaver dam and aquatic center.  Perfect for children.

Marshall Forest Preserve – Enjoy this preserve with 55 different tree species and two trails.  One is a fun ADA certified braille trail, Big Pine Braille Trail.  This and Flower Glen Trail are each under 2 miles.

Rolater Park – Enjoy an easy .75 mile walking tour around historical Cave Springs – bring a camera!

 

Sandy Springs

Morgan Falls Overlook Park – This is a gorgeous park with unique playground structures, a view of the Chattahoochee, picnic pavilions, large swings, and a ¾ mile hiking trail along the water.

 

Smyrna

Silver Comet Trail – Like Roswell River Walk, Silver Comet is one long paved trail with several access points.

 

Stockbridge

Panola Mountain State Park – Two trails.  Watershed Trail is 1.25 miles and Rock Outcrop Trail is ¾ mile trail.

 

Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Park – There are 6 trails within Stone Mountain Park, 5 of which are under 2 miles.  Don’t miss the covered bridge and the grist mill.

 

Suches

Lake Winfield Scott Trail – This trail circles the lake in an easy loop at only a bit over half a mile.

Jarrard Gap Trail – In the same recreation area, which is an easy 2-mile in and out (1 mile each way) that connects to the Appalachian Trail.

 

Summerville

Lower Lake Trail at Floyd State Park – An easy 1.8 mile trail around the lake featuring a number of wild flowers and plants.

Marble Mine Trail – There are several versions of this trail that can take you on a 1.6 – 2.2 mile hike to the entrance of an old marble mine.  The boardwalk in front allows you to peek inside.  This is a fun warm-weather walk, as the air feels cool around the mine entrance.

 

Suwanee

Settle’s Bridge Park (from Adam) – 1.6 mile paved trail with an awesome looking playground.

 

Roswell

Big Creek Greenway Trail – This paved trail is eight miles long with five access points.  See the link for mileage chart between points in order to find your ideal length.  Just remember you’ll need to head out and back.

Big Trees Forest Preserve – Another of our favorites, with wonderful trees, bridges, and water. There are 7 trails here of varying difficulty.  The Power’s Branch trail is the most scenic and is only 1.2 miles long.

Chattahoochee Nature Center – Six trails, all under ½ mile each.

Island Ford – This is one of our favorite hikes because of the large boulders along the path that are perfect for climbing explorers.  Add to this the view of the Chattahoochee on the opposite side, and you have the perfect hike! The entire blazed trail is 3.0 miles, but we never walk that far.  If you follow the trail from the visitor center, it will closely follow the river.  Within less than mile it will veer from the river to the left.  Rather than continue on the trail, just turn around and follow the trail back to the visitor center to keep your hike under 2 miles.  Of course, you could return at any point to make it a shorter walk.

Leita Thompson Park – Three trails. The yellow trail is 1.12 miles and the blue one is 2 miles.  A little more than ½ way through the yellow trail is a stream off to the left that my sons love to play in.  Watch out for snakes, though.

Old Roswell Mill – This 2-mile trail includes the covered bridge, which makes great photos!

Oxbo Trail – From the same parking lot as Oxbo, this 1.8 mile adventure is in the shade and run along a stream.  It is all fun on a hot summer day.

Powers Island Loop – The bridge here is fun for taking pictures, and the walk is very easy and shaded.

Roswell River Walk  – This trail is actually 18 miles of paved path and pea gravel.  I recommend parking at one of the parks along Riverside, then playing on the playground…..walking less than a mile to the next playground….then returning back to your parking area.  Great views of the Chattahoochee.

 

Villa Rica

Clinton Nature Preserve (from Miranda) – There are three trails here, two are under 2 miles and both are loops.  There are pavilions, a playground, and water! Thanks for the tips Miranda!

 

Whitesburg

McIntosh Reserve (from Miranda) – This looks like the trails are less than 2 miles each, but I have a call into the park to get more info and will update soon.  Just putting this here so I don’t forget!

 

Woodstock

Blanket’s Creek (from Steph) – This is a large mountain bike trail.  Mosquito Flats is a wonderful, easy 1.35 mile trail along the creek (can’t wait to visit in warmer weather and play in the water.)  There is a .7 extension if you want to walk longer.  Bikes have the right-of-way.

Lewis Park (from Wind) – Don’t confuse this with the dog park in Marietta.  This one is in Woodstock.  1/2 mile nature trail with a playground.

Rope Mill Park – We live near here so this is “home” during the hottest summer months.  The creek is fun to play in, and it makes great mud play.  The paved hiking area is 1 mile (1/2 mile each direction) and perfect for the kids’ scooters.  There is a nature trail across the bridge for which there is no mileage indicator, but I would guess the loop is close to two miles, maybe a little more.  It is tricky for young kids, with some “close call” areas near the water and mill ruins. I’m OK bringing my 5 yo, but not my younger son.

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53 Comments on "125+ Best Places for Hiking in Georgia [Kids & Beginners]"

  1. This is a great list. But I have no kids. Anything like this for adults with hikes of 2-4 miles or more? Thanks in advance.

  2. Couple of questions – how old are the kids you are hiking with? Trying to see if my 3 year olds can handle some of these.

    What do the *’s mean? I see them on a few park names but don’t see an explanation.

    • leslipeterson | 03/03/2014 at 9:50 am | Reply

      Short answer first….thanks for letting me know I left off the legend! I’ll get that up today. The asterisk means there is also a playground at this hike point. I am sometimes able to get my boys through a rough point by reminding them of the swings and slides at the end 🙂 I only marked this for the places I was *certain* there was a playground…I hope there might be others that we find as we work through this list….I’ve only been to about 35 of these hikes myself.

      As for ages…my 18mo can hike a 1/2 mile trail without complaint. He can do a 3/4 mile trail if I gave him a good nap and a protein-filled snack. I looked back at my “baby book” and my now 5 1/2 yo hiked his first 2 miles without a stroller or carrier at 38 months. Keep in mind that we did shorter hikes every 2-3 days before that…. I would start out on a 1 mile or shorter trail to get a feel for how well they do. Get them excited about it too – sometimes they just want to be carried because they can be…not because they are tired. Add snacks, a magnifying glass, shovels, collection bags, etc to your backpack to help them find joy in walking the trail. Good luck – please let me know how it goes!

  3. Little Mulberry Park has awesome paved and unpaved trails!

    • leslipeterson | 03/03/2014 at 9:51 am | Reply

      Thanks Melissa! I hope to add this, Lewis Park and Blanket’s Creek to the list over the next day or two….some great ideas are coming in…please keep sharing!!

  4. The Clyde Shepherd Wildlife Preserve also has some lovely kid-friendly trails along a swampy area. No playground, but there’s a blind from which you can observe the wading birds. I don’t know how long the trails are, but we walked them with our five and two year olds, and they had no trouble getting to the end.

  5. Trails in Conyers that will fit the bill… (you can find some from pathfoundation.org), Johnson Park trails, going around the park and then from there to Flat Shoals Road. South Rockdale Community Park on East Fairview Road (connects to Panola Mountain and Arabian Mtn., The GA. International Horse Park has a few trails around it (just watch where you step), and the one I’ve just been on, has nature center interactive stations on it, the Haynes Creek Nature Center near the Horse Park is great for kids!

    In Newton County, they’ve made Trails throughout Oxford, as well as the trail in Chimney Park right next to the Newton Co. Library. And then, for the summer time, Factory Shoals Park off of highway 36 near lake Jackson has a nature trail inside the park, as well as trails going along the Alcovy River rapids, including one, across the bridge, that goes to a wonderful swimming hole.

    • leslipeterson | 03/04/2014 at 8:34 am | Reply

      These are great, Denzil! Thanks! I’ll get them added to the list! Thanks for taking the time to share!

  6. Tallulah Falls is fantastic for little ones. It’s also great for adults as there are various hiking options. Fantastic visitor center also. Clean. Wide trails. Stroller friendly even.

    • leslipeterson | 03/04/2014 at 10:46 am | Reply

      I love Tallulah Falls! I took a look, couldn’t believing I missed it, but it looks like the only one under 2 miles in rated very difficult. I will make sure this one gets included in the follow up post about hikes over two miles. Thanks for sharing!!!

      • Geoffingeorgia | 03/04/2014 at 4:10 pm | Reply

        The rim trail ( I believe it might be called the “Overlook Trail”, nowadays) at Tallulah is fine for kids, so long as you don’t try to take them down the hundreds of stairs to the swinging bridge and back up.

        • leslipeterson | 03/04/2014 at 4:15 pm | Reply

          Thanks Geoffinggeorgia…I haven’t been there since having kids. I looked it up and it says it is 2.5 miles to walk the overlook. Do you know about a shorter one? Would love the scoop! Thanks!

  7. One of our favorites is missing, Autrey Mill (I think) http://www.autreymill.org/trails.htm.

    • leslipeterson | 03/04/2014 at 5:57 pm | Reply

      How could I have missed that one! It was even one of the 365 Days this year! Thanks – will get it up soon!

  8. Leslie Arnold | 03/04/2014 at 7:54 pm | Reply

    Collins Hill Park has a wooded trail that is maintained and never muddy. Park in the parking lot next to the basket ball courts. On the same side of the drive as the courts. Then go to the far end of that parking lot and you will see the beginning of the trail. You will be walking along a creek on your left. After five minutes of walking you will see a very small cement bridge that allows you to cross the creek. Take that bridge and just follow the trail and it will bring you through 1 1/2 miles of woods. It will drop you right back to your car. Kid and dog friendly. Some hills.

  9. There’s a bunch of other at the Chattahoochee River National Rec area. I don’t have lengths for them.
    http://www.nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit/maps.htm

  10. Anyone doing #33 “Eyes on Wildlife Trail” MUST do the nearby “Old Growth Forest Trail”. Just another mile or so down Cooper Creek Rd. and you get to see some of Georgia’s largest trees. In and out trail is ~1.1 miles long.
    http://www.brownsguides.com/blog/old-growth-forest-hiking-trail/

  11. Any chance of a map view? Would love to figure out where all of these things are from my home.

    • leslipeterson | 03/05/2014 at 2:56 pm | Reply

      Craig, great minds….I’m about 40% done with a Google Map. I’ll link it here as soon as I’m finished. Follow us on FB to get the message!! Thanks!

    • leslipeterson | 03/06/2014 at 7:48 pm | Reply

      Craig, in the event that you are getting email updates on comments, wanted to let you know the article is updated with a map now! Thanks!

  12. Are all of these hikes also dog friendly? Not only do we have pre-teens but we have dogs as part of our family as well!

    • leslipeterson | 03/05/2014 at 7:45 pm | Reply

      Great point Laura. Each one has a different dog policy (some are public land, some are private.). I recommend taking a peek at their site before bring your four-legged family! 🙂

  13. Chattahoochee Bend State Park has several hikes under two miles. Our Flat Rock Trail is a one mile “lollipop loop” that goes through two globally imperiled environments, featuring granite outcrops with diamorpha pools, ponds where frogs lay bunches of egg clusters, Montane long leaf pines and moss-covered boulders. Our Riverside Trail starts at the Day Use Area’s playground and it’s a flat two-mile round-trip hike to the 30′ observation tower; along the way you’ll enjoy great views of the Chattahoochee River. We even have bald eagles with an active nest!!

  14. I would add Picketts Mill Battle Field, as it has several hiking trails from 1 to +-4 miles, all along the best preserved civil war Battlefield in the nation.

  15. Thanks so much for the map (& the list)!!!

  16. Great list! However, the Candler Park you mention is actually Murphey Candler Park. There is another Candler Park in town that has a playground and a nice walkway through to Little 5 Points.

    • leslipeterson | 03/09/2014 at 1:52 pm | Reply

      Thanks for the clarification Eidos. We’re hiking now, but I’ll make those updates tonight. Appreciate the help, sincerely!!

  17. On Saturday I told my husband that I wanted to go on a hike and would prefer to hike to a waterfall. On Sunday morning I got up and said I didn’t think I still wanted to go. Then I was on Facebook and someone shared your page. It was the inspiration that I need to pack up the camera bag and head out. Thanks so much for a great list, I might have to make Sunday hikes a regular thing.

    • leslipeterson | 03/10/2014 at 10:42 am | Reply

      What a great story, Yvonne!! So glad you got out for some vitamin D! Would love to share your photos on Facebook if you’re willing to share…waterfall pix never get old!

  18. Clinton Nature Preserve, Villa Rica, GA; McIntosh Reserve, Whitesburg, GA; John Tanner Park, Carrollton, GA; Boundary Waters Park, Douglasville, GA. All of these have short and long trails and playgrounds. McIntosh sits right on the Chattahoochee, near Chatt Bend State Park. Boundary Waters also sits on the Chattahoochee, a little north of the other two, near the Douglas/Fulton County line.

  19. karyn grace | 03/13/2014 at 11:02 am | Reply

    The link on your map for #52 goes to a school, not the trail site.

  20. Wow, thanks so much for this list! You’ve saved me a whole ton of googling!

  21. Sherry Rouse | 04/03/2015 at 10:09 am | Reply

    Lesli, my husband and I walked at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center trails yesterday (our second time, but the first time we did all the trails in one day). This is one of the Newton Trails Denzel suggested, but I think this should have it’s own entry. It is featured in the book 60 Trails Within 60 miles of Atlanta by Randy and Pam Golden. There is a Multiuse Trail at 5.7 miles (we haven’t done that yet) but there are 4 other trails, all under 2 miles: Red – 1.5, around Clubhouse Lake; White – 1 mile around Greenhouse and Pigeonhouse Lakes (would need to add a short section of the red trail to get in and out), Granite Outcrop Trail/Blue – 1.1 miles, and Murder Creek Trail/Yellow – .9 miles but will need to walk about 1/2 mile on the red and about .1 mile on the blue to complete the loop. Our walk yesterday was 5.3 miles, but we had some overlap and walked several parts twice. The Visitor Center is incredible, better than most we’ve gone to. It is only open from 9-4:30 Tue. – Sat., which is why we missed it last time, but adjoining restrooms are open all the time. Although it is a part of the Ga. Dept. of Nat. Res./WRD, it does not seem to require the GORP pass, although we have one. We did not see any type of fee requirement for hiking, although GORP is required for use of the Clybel WMA and fishing. This would also make a great entry for the rainy day post as the Visitor Center has lots of hands-on activities for kids such as identifying footprints of animals to turkey calls and shooting a rifle (holding it in your hands and aiming, not actual shooting). There is no playground, but there is an archery range that has decoys from deer, turkey, bear, bison, and even dinosaurs to look at (as long as no one is shooting them). Going on a weekday is best for that. The Granite Outcrop Trail is the farthest Trail from the shooting Ranges if anyone is concerned about that, and we saw turkey, armadillo, and of course squirrels and birds out there yesterday.

    • Holy cow. What great info. Thank you!! I’ll try to update it this weekend. My goal is to get out there this spring and do a full post on it. It’s a favorite place of my bestie and I can’t believe I’ve not yet been. Sounds like you had so much fun!! Thanks again!!

  22. Lisa Pound | 10/11/2015 at 7:16 am | Reply

    Please add Roosevelt State Park to the list! Not only is it amazing, but it is next to Callaway Gardens, which also has lots of great walking and bike paths. Fantastic for kids…Check it out!

  23. Roswell Mill – less than a mile along the river with a covered bridge, historic mill and a waterfall.

  24. Al Fernandes | 10/12/2015 at 8:53 pm | Reply

    Dont forget the Suwanee Greenway. Probably a longer trail than many of these with a beautiful waterfowl sanctuary and a sizeable Whitetail deer herd.

  25. This is wonderful resource. We are new to Atlanta, but have hiked as a family for years. I love hiking with organized groups, its a great opportunity to socialize, meet others and share experiences. But the few groups I joined solo in Atlanta area DO NOT ALLOW Children ( even anyone under 21!) due to liability. Are there any kid- friendly/ family friendly groups anyone can recommend? Yes, we could try by ourselves with your list- but not the same experience… Trail Happy Dad

    • First – WELCOME to Atlanta. Hope you find our website a great resource for hitting the trails. I also recommend Atlanta Trails. Eric and Rob do a FANTASTIC job with that site. As for hiking groups with kiddos, I am not familiar with any…only the guided family hikes that the Georgia State Parks often do. Georgia Conservancy also does some hiking trips and they allow kiddos. I’ll post your question on our FB page and see if there are other resources out there that I’m not aware of….keep an eye out!

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