Appalachian Trail: Tray Mountain Summit – GA

On our way to the mountains for the weekend, the fiancee and I decided to get a day hike in on the Appalachian Trail.  We chose to make the trip up Tray Mountain and take in the views from the summit.  A relatively short hike, the total distance is 2.4 miles (1.2 miles each way).  I would rate this trail as moderate, as you walk slightly uphill for the first half, and a great trail to take the kids or dogs for a walk in the woods. Directions to the trailhead:  From the bridge in Helen, GA … [Read more...]

Tallulah River Gorge Rim Loop – Georgia

Took a day hike to check out one of the impressive natural wonders of Georgia: Tallulah River Gorge.  The views offered on this hike are some of the finest in the southeast.  Other features include various waterfalls, swimming (with a permit), a sliding rock (with a permit) and an impressive suspension bridge over the Tallulah river.  The aforementioned views are beautiful, but be warned that the accessibility of the trail makes this hike quite popular and you will undoubtedly see other outdoor … [Read more...]

Raven Rock Cliffs on the Chattooga River – Georgia

First of all, don't confuse this trail for Raven Cliff Falls in Helen, GA, as they are not the same.  A good friend of mine showed me this trail a few years back and it's been a popular spot for me and my friends to visit every summer.  This remote there-and-back hike is approximately 3.5 miles total (1.74 miles each way) and the main feature is a nice swimming hole at the end beneath a towering rock face.  The hike is considered moderate to difficult based on the consistent elevation gain on … [Read more...]

Arkaquah Trail: Locust Log Ridge Lookout – Georgia

Took a few family members on this hike that travels along the ridge of Brasstown Bald Mountain, between the cities of Hiawassee, GA and Helen, GA.  Brasstown Bald Moutain, referred to as Enotah by the native Cherokee people, is the highest natural point in GA with a summit elevation of 4,784 feet above sea level.  We went during the summer and this hike was full of scenery, interesting rock formations, occasional wildlife, and colorful flowers; however, this hike would be exceptionally ideal … [Read more...]

Bartram Trail: Becky Branch & Martin Creek Falls – Georgia

Took all three of my dogs to do this quick waterfall hike on the Bartram Trail (a 115-mile trail spanning from Georgia to North Carolina named after famed explorer and naturalist William Bartram).  This portion of the trail is not as popular as some of the other hikes in the area, but the fine waterfalls and the seclusion make for a great day hike.  The total distance for this hike is 4 miles there-and-back (2 miles each way).  This hike is considered moderate due to some gradual elevation … [Read more...]

Panthertown Valley: Little Green Mountain Summit, Granny Burrell Falls, and Schoolhouse Falls – North Carolina

Went with a friend and my dog Jade and did this unique hike in the Panthertown Valley.  Referred to as the Yosemite of the East, features of this particular hike include 300 ft sheer rock faces and amazing views of the Panthertown Valley, Salt Rock Gap, Black Rock Mountain, Balsam Mountains to the North, Big Green Mountain, Cold Mtn, Big Pisgah and more.  This is the perfect place to pack some food and have a picnic lunch while taking in the views.  Also, you can actually walk behind Schoolhouse … [Read more...]

Cohutta Wilderness: Emery Creek Trail – Georgia

Took an overnight trip with my dog Jade to this secluded trail in the Cohutta Mountains which features a historic Cherokee gathering site, incredibly scenic mountain views, thick and mysterious hemlock groves, and a nice waterfall at the endpoint.  This hike is rated difficult/strenuous due to the 2,200 foot elevation ascent on the return trip; however, the views and remoteness of this hike make it well worth the effort.  The total time for hiking this trail there-and-back is approximately 4.5 … [Read more...]

Cohutta Wilderness: East Cowpen & Panther Creek Trails – Georgia

Went with the fiancée and our three dogs to the Cohutta Wilderness to check out this hike that features a combined waterfall with a nice mountain view.  The view from vista, the waterfall, and the overall secluded environment of the Cohutta Wilderness makes this trek one of my favorite hikes in the southeast.  The total distance is 8.2 miles there-and-back (4.1 miles each way) and is rated moderate to difficult.  Plan on this hike taking approximately 4 hours to complete.     Directions … [Read more...]

Providence Canyon – Georgia

Went to southwest Georgia to checkout the trails at Providence Canyon state park.  This one has been on my list for years after I saw a picture of the canyon in a 5th grade Science book in the chapter on Erosion.  This was a great hike due to the unique, colorful geological formations.  The trail was neatly maintained and due to the relatively flat nature of the trail, I would rate this hike as Easy.  Backcountry campsites are available with a fee and reservation.  However, I would recommend … [Read more...]