These are the most popular hiking trails in Rabun County in Georgia.
Appalachian Trail –Georgia has 75 miles (120 km) of the trail,including the southern terminus at Springer Mountain at an elevation of 3,280 feet. At 4,461 feet, Blood Mountain is the highest point on the trail in Georgia. The AT and approach trail, along with many miles of blue blazed side trails, are managed and maintained by the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club. The trail in Georgia lies entirely within the Chattahoochee National Forest. The wilderness, elevation and ruggedness of the area are decidedly unexpected.
Bartram Trail – From 1773 to 1778 William Bartram, a trained naturalist and one of the first white men to travel alone and on horseback through this Indian country, traveled 38 miles exploring the northeastern corner of Georgia. His famous book telling of his explorations is valuable not only for its botanical and ethnological record but also for its poetry and narrative. In it he notes the characteristics of everything he encountered from flora and fauna to the customs and rituals of the Cherokee Nation. Hikers can explore this dedicated National Recreation trail which crosses the second highest mountain in the state, Rabun Bald, at 4,696 feet, and then drops down to parallel the Chattooga River for ten miles.
Rabun Bald Trail – Length: 2.9 miles; Rating: Strenuous. This trail offers panoramic views from the second highest point in Georgia. It provides a spectacular view of the tri-state area from an observation deck at the top. The deck is constructed from remnants of an old fire tower built in the 1930’s. One of Georgia’s rarest birds, the raven, is frequently sighted. The ascent is extremely steep.
Short line Trail – Located within Tallulah Gorge State Park, the 3 mile Short line Trail is paved and rated easy. Traveling from the trailhead next to Tallulah Falls Lake, the trail crosses a small suspension bridge over the Tallulah River as it travels through Tallulah Gorge State Park. Shortline Trail can be accessed from Terrora Circle Road and is available for hiking and biking.
Tennessee Rock Trail, Blackrock Mountain State Park, 2 mile Loop. Trail is rated moderate to difficult and is the most popular hiking trail within the park.
Hemlock Falls Trail, Moccasin Creek State Park, 1 mile each way. Following the sounds of rushing water along the entire hike, the trail travels to Hemlock Falls. Two smaller falls are also located along the trail. Moccasin Creek State Park is located 15 miles west of Clayton via Highway 76 and Highway 197.
Minnehaha Falls – Trail Length: 0.4 miles each way. Rating: Easy to moderate. Reported to be one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the region, Minnehaha Falls is 100 feet high. Minnehaha Falls Information
Panther Falls and Angel Falls Trail – 1.6 miles each way
Coleman River Trail, 1 mile each way
Tallulah Gorge Trail, 2 mile loop