Between phones, tablets and computers, it’s easy to overlook the beauty of nature during the everyday. Hiking can be the restorative salve you need to hit pause and refresh the body and mind. To immerse yourself in nature’s best scenes, a visit to North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains is in store. Here are some of the best trails in North Georgia to trek during your trip:
With varying elevations and an average rainfall in Fannin County of 60 inches per year, the mountains of Blue Ridge are home to lush, vibrant and diverse forests. From the ASKA trail system at 2,000-2,600 feet to Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia at 4,800 feet, there’s no shortage of landscapes to explore. North Georgia’s mountain trails are also home to an immense water system, with pristine rivers, streams and creeks that run clear and cold all year long.
ASKA Trail System
A popular hike is the ASKA Trail System in the Chattahoochee National Forest, which lays five miles outside of Blue Ridge. This trail system is comprised of four separate trails totaling just over 15 miles. They are easy to moderate in difficulty and you can pack lightly. A common hiking trail recommendation is to wear a good pair of hiking shoes, boots or sandals (depending on the weather), and always have water and snacks with you. Of course, always check the forecast before heading out on even the smallest foray.
During your time in North Georgia, don’t miss the trails and views of Amicalola Falls. The waterfall has a drop of 729 feet with a gorgeous, jaw-dropping view. If you choose to climb the falls via the stairs instead, you’re in for a great cardio workout too. The falls trail running alongside the river is 2.3 miles long and has a moderate degree of difficulty.
Vogel State Park
This state park has numerous trails from the extremely rugged to easy. The Trahlyta Lake Trail is particularly scenic and accessible, and it will guide you past its namesake Trahlyta Falls, which are beautiful and clear and offer just the right amount of rushing noise to quiet your mind and help you enjoy nature for a while.
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