Best fall hikes in North Georgia

Hike to these North Georgia mountain summits and waterfalls to catch the best fall leaf color in Georgia. Top 10 favorite autumn hiking trails from Atlanta Trails. Autumn is the favorite hiking season of many in North Georgia, as days become cooler, nights become crisp, skies become brilliantly blue, and the cool air triggers a spectrum of leaf color in deciduous trees...

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Study: How Appalachian Trail Is Affected By Its Own Popularity

A team of scientists is camping on the Appalachian Trail in North Georgia this week, studying how it’s affected by its own popularity. Georgia has one of the busiest stretches of the more than 2,000-mile trail, said Jeff Marion, who studies recreation ecology at the U.S. Geological Survey and Virginia Tech. Since the trail begins in Georgia, there can be a lot of...

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Explorers to create new 1,000-mile hiking trail through Georgia and Armenia

Explorers are setting out to create a 1,000-mile hiking route across a little-visited mountain range in Georgia and Armenia called the Trans Caucasian Trail. The team will survey and hike off-road routes over the next six months to design the first long distance walking trail through the Lesser Caucasus mountains. The team’s leaders will use technology to gather...

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8 great Georgia hikes to incredible places

Haven’t explored Georgia outside of the metro Atlanta area? There’s a whole lot more to Georgia than you’d think. Georgia’s landscapes are beautiful and staggering in variety, from southern sandy Atlantic coast to lush, green, rolling Appalachian Mountains in the north. Moss and fern-filled forests, breezy mountaintops with stunning views, barrier islands where wild...

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Environmental problems on hiking trail to cost Georgia county six figures

After a three-year dispute with the state environmental agency, Walker County officials will be in the clear once they absorb one last hit. It’s going to hurt. Like, $100,000 worth of pain. Maybe worse. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division first alerted Walker County in 2012 that there were problems with the construction of the Durham Trail, a hiking route...

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Favorite Trails for Winter Hiking in Georgia

Explore these waterfalls and mountain summits in Georgia’s mild climate. From the chilly altitudes of Georgia’s southern Appalachian mountains to its more temperate southern coastline, all are beautiful year-round, but they’re arguably better in wintery landscapes and cooler temperatures. Don’t ditch your hiking boots when temperatures plummet and leaves fall: you’ll...

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Connecting The Dots Of The Southern Appalachian Loop Trail

What unites many of us in the Southern Appalachians is a love for hiking along the hundreds of miles of trails in our region. Ten years ago, Matt Kirk discovered that many of these paths form a loop measuring over 350 miles in length. Pieced together, this route, known as the Southern Appalachian Loop Trail or SALT, is currently 99.4 percent complete. With the exception...

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Mobile App for the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service announces the release of their first app for mobile devices, the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests App. Intended for anyone who visits Georgia’s two national forests, the app is equally useful for people who regularly visit the forest and those who are exploring the forest for the first time. Now you can have all the information you need in...

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Tips on Hiking and Camping with Your Dog at Georgia State Parks

Camping, hiking and walks in the woods. You can do all of that this Memorial Day weekend and all summer long with your dog at a Georgia State Park. The Department of Natural Resources encourages you to do so and is making sure that Georgia’s State Parks are ready for you and your pooch. But before you head out to the great outdoors here are some guidelines to keep in...

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KSU students choose Kennesaw Mountain as their favorite hike

Kennesaw State University students chose Kennesaw Mountain as their favorite place to hike when compared with other popular locations such as the Silver Comet Trail and Red Top Mountain in a recent survey. KSU’s namesake has been considered the best hiking spot for a variety of reasons, including the historical earthworks, natural surroundings and many different...

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Old Railway May Become A 33 Mile Hiking Trail

An old railway running through Bibb, Jones and Baldwin County may soon have a new use as a hiking trail. The Central Georgia Rails to Trails Association wants to take the abandoned CSX railway and create a 33 mile trail for walkers, bikers and nature lovers. The old rail line was abandoned in 1984, but CSX still owns 90 percent of the land between Macon and...

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Prepping for the AT 2,184 miles to be ‘in the moment’

During the next several weeks, thousands of people will leave from Springer Mountain in Georgia and begin the 2,184-mile trek to Maine along the Appalachian Trail. For some, the trip is a lifelong dream. They have meticulously planned what to bring, where to stop, how many miles they want walk each day. They have queued up their own resupply boxes, packed with fresh...

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Chattahoochee tract added to Ga. national forest

A key piece of property near the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River in north Georgia will become part of the Chattahoochee National Forest, giving the public more access to the water and surrounding woods, officials with a national land trust said Monday. The land, north of Helen, includes more than 500 feet along the Chattahoochee’s west bank, according to the...

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Trail users put aside differences to clear path

Gary Monk, a retired pilot and Appalachian Trail enthusiast, was more than a bit surprised when the head of U.S. Forest Service in north Georgia asked him to join a panel with bikers, equestrians and off-roaders. “At first I thought it was a joke,” Monk recalled. “I don’t like the horse people and they don’t like me. And no one likes the ATV people because they’re so...

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Ga. River Could Take Appalachian Hikers to Coast

A river with a history of ferry boats and Civil War battles may one day provide a new route for hikers who finish the Appalachian Trail to continue south until they reach the Gulf of Mexico, a national conservation group says. Leaders envision the Chattahoochee River as a way to allow Appalachian Trail hikers to reach the Gulf either on trails along its banks or in a...

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Benton MacKaye guide series now complete

The Benton MacKaye Trail Association has announced this fall the completion of the new Benton MacKaye Trail Guide — Smokies Section. The guide completes the series of three trail guides, including the Georgia section and Tennessee/North Carolina sections. The 275-mile trail starts in Spring Mountain, Ga., like the Appalachian Trail. But, it veers more westerly, skirting...

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Appalachian Trail Celebrates 75th Anniversary

The Appalachian Trail is a 2,184 mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies...

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Celebration of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) has partnered with the Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites (FGSP) to encourage Georgia residents to give back to their state’s public lands. On September 29, 2012, NPLD will serve as the official kick-off of Your State Parks, a year-long celebration of service in state parks. More than 40 FGSP chapters are expected to...

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Appalachian Trail celebrates 75th anniversary in August

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Appalachian Trail, the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length from Georgia to Maine. The anniversary will occur on Tuesday, Aug. 14. The original trail took more than 15 years to build and was completed on Aug. 14, 1937. Construction involved the cooperation of...

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New Hiking App for iPhone Covers West NC, North GA, Upstate SC

Hikers who want to travel smarter on trails in the southern mountains now have one more good reason to stash their phones in their daypacks. A mobile app called Great Hikes of the Southern Appalachians now lets adventurers carry all the maps, directions, and other hiking info they need with them on their iPhone. The new app is the brainchild of Jim Parham, guidebook...

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Announcing Dahlonega’s Trail Fest 2012

The vernal equinox marks the first day of spring. In 2012, the equinox occurs on March 20, right in the middle of the N0rthB0und Thru Hiker kickoff season at Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. The second annual Spring on Springer Dahlonega Trail Fest will celebrate Dahlonega’s designation as an AT Trail Community by the Appalachian...

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Physician assistants to “prescribe” healthy hikes

Everyone knows that exercise is one key to being healthy, but not everyone enjoys going to the gym. Georgia’s State Park system has teamed up with the Georgia Association of Physicians Assistants to make healthy living a bit more fun. Through the new “Rx for Fitness” Program, physician assistants can prescribe healthy hikes in the great outdoors, and patients can turn in...

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Atlanta volunteers create new hiking trail

A dozen adults wielding blue-handled swing blades caught drivers’ eyes on Lindbergh Drive on a recent Sunday morning. Honks and cheers joined the crackle of yanking honeysuckle vines and kudzu as volunteers cleared a new hiking trail along a meadow at the foot of Midtown Atlanta. A whining chain saw bit into privet and mimosa. And a special, hush – hush secret...

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Hiking: It’s Not Just for Professionals

When many people think of hiking, they conjure up ideas of heavily backpacked men and women with a walking stick in one hand and Sherpas by their side. They see hikers as these supernatural athletes who can (and do) walk for days while barely breaking a sweat. But that is far from the truth. Hiking today is as simple as finding an “off road” trail and...

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Hiking the Appalachian National Scenic Trail: It Takes More Heart than Heel

Is 2012 your year to hike the Appalachian National Scenic Trail? It’s not about the gear; it’s about wanting to do it. You have to be all in. If you’re trying to figure out if you have the right stuff to walk 2,181 miles from Georgia to Maine, listen to Andrew Downs who finished the A.T. in 2002, a year after graduating from college. He now works as the...

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With autumn arriving, it’s time to take a Georgia hike

The calendar says fall is here and even though we’ll still get some pretty warm days, there is a hint of cooler weather in the air. That means that hiking the Appalachian Trail and the dozens of other trails Georgia has to offer is on the horizon. Today, we will offer resources that can be used to locate hiking areas that suit your fancy. The southern end of the...

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Hike of the Week – A Devilishly Beautiful View

Fri, Aug 19 10:00 AM Milepost 422.4 on Blue Ridge Parkway – Devils Court House Overlook Join rangers at the Devil’s Courthouse Overlook at milepost 422.4 for one mile round trip strenuous climb to the peak of Devil’s Courthouse. At 5720 ft. the panoramic view is one of the best around. It includes four states, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia,...

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