Nov 17, 2021 - Things to Do

Our favorite Atlanta hikes

A creek at Sweetwater Creek State Park with water rushing over rocks as the leaves change from green to autumn colors

Photo courtesy of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Today is National Take a Hike Day, and it’s one of those we-don’t-know-how-it-started holidays that we can actually get behind. Here are some great local options to take a walk in the woods.


Cascade Springs Nature Preserve: The 120-acre rustic preserve, apparently once the site of a resort centered on the water’s supposed healing properties, has a roughly 2.5-mile loop trail suitable for most people.

East Palisades Trail: Check out a small maze of hikes including an overlook of the Chattahoochee River and a bamboo forest that’s like catnip for Instagrammers.

Vickery Creek Trail at Roswell Mill: The 5-mile trail packs plenty with an old dam waterfall and relatively flat terrain.


Sweetwater Creek: Check out the mill ruins and then move briskly on the creekside trail. The park also has longer and hillier options available.

Kennesaw Mountain: The summit hike at the Civil War battlefield has an overlook with vistas of the Atlanta skyline and Stone Mountain.

Pine Mountain: If you can’t make the drive to North Georgia on a Wednesday, Pine Mountain in Cartersville provides great views.

Our thought bubble: Thomas says to play hooky and go to Yonah Mountain. Kristal says to check out Sope Creek. Emma's a fan of the Palisades trail.

Or just go outside. Enjoy this weather, the fast-changing leaves and these beautiful days.


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