Hiking Fun step-by-step
Do you love hiking? If you enjoy exploring the outdoors on foot, you’re in luck, because Georgia offers some of the most diverse and scenic hiking trails around. Visitors to the North Georgia Mountains who do have many options. For those who like to “go it alone” can drop by the chamber of commerce in the county/town they are vacationing in and obtain information. In Fannin County, the Benton-McKaye Trail is a great day hike, so consult the Fannin Chamber of Commerce for maps and additional information.
Safety in Numbers
For hikers that prefer group hikes, NGG recommends checking out the Mountain High Hikers. The club promotes and facilitates hike activities in the Southern Appalachian area. Mountain High Hikers encourages involvement in the maintenance of trails and conservation of forest environments, too.
Guest hikers are welcome to hike along on scheduled dates. Each hiker should carry their own personal first aid supplies, water, food, personal medications, rain gear, and extra clothing. Before a hike with the Mountain High Hikers, come to the hike prepared with water, food, first aid items, rain gear, proper clothing and shoes, hiking sticks, and a small pack to carry your supplies.
Every hike leader has the authority to ask you to not hike with the group if you are unprepared. During deer hunting season (approx. Oct. 10th to Jan. 15th), wear bright colors (such as an orange hat or vest) so you are visible to the hunters.
For complete information and the current hike calendar for Mountain High Hikers, visit mountainhighhikers.org
North Georgia State Parks great for hiking
Challenging backcountry trails are found at Amicalola Falls (Appalachian Trail access), Black Rock Mountain, Cloudland Canyon, Fort Mountain, Unicoi and Vogel. Primitive camping is allowed with advanced reservations. Hike to the Len Foote Hike Inn and spend the night. Pack it in; pack it out.