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Top 5 Hiking Trails Near Blairsville GA

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It's Time to Get Outdoors!

As the weather finally begins to warm up and the leaves return to the trees and shrubs, it's time to get outside and explore! And what's better than the hiking trails near Blairsville, GA, which caters to hikers of all skill levels. Whether you're after a heart-pumping ascent or a tranquil stroll in the woods, Blairsville has something for everyone. 

Here, we've rounded up the top five hiking trails around Blairsville. Read on to start planning your trip!

 

Blood Mountain Trail 

Byron Reece Trailhead

Blood Mountain Trail is a strenuous 4.4-mile round-trip hike. It takes you to the highest-elevation summit on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. The trail starts at the Byron Reece Trailhead. It passes through rocky clearings, wind-swept forests, and steep switchbacks before reaching the summit at 4459 feet. 

Parking at the trailhead is extremely limited, so it's best to hit the trail early on weekends and in peak seasons.

 

Helton Creek Falls Trail 

Helton Creek Rd

Blairsville offers many breathtaking hiking trails to explore. Still, few are quite as spectacular as the Helton Creek Falls Trail. This short, 0.6-mile round-trip hike takes you to not one but two stunning waterfalls.

This short but adventurous hike is perfect for families with children or anyone looking to enjoy nature. Be sure to watch your step, as slippery rocks and fast-moving water can be extremely dangerous.

 

Jacks Knob Trail 

Chattahoochee National Forest

This trail takes you on a thrilling journey through the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. The hike starts with a short climb, but don't be fooled! The real excitement begins when you descend nearly 1,500 feet through a series of switchbacks.

Once you reach the trail's end, the experience rewards you with beautiful scenery and a sense of accomplishment. But remember, you still have to climb back out! The climb is not for the faint of heart, but worth it for the stunning views and pristine nature.

 

Coosa Backcountry Trail 

Vogel State Park

This moderate 12.8-mile loop trail takes hikers through rugged terrain in Chattahoochee National Forest and Blood Mountain Wilderness Area.

Coosa Backcountry Trail is so challenging that many trail races and ultras, including the GA Death March, include portions. But the breathtaking views and opportunity to see fall colors, river/creek, and wildlife will make it all worth it. 

 

Brasstown Bald Trail 

Brasstown Wilderness

The Brasstown Bald Trail is a can't-miss hike. It's less than 30 minutes from Blairsville and offers breathtaking views and a good challenge. This 1.4-mile out-and-back trail takes you to the highest peak in Georgia, offering panoramic views of four states.

At the summit, hikers experience stunning views of Georgia, Tennessee, and North and South Carolina. The scenery is particularly stunning in the fall.

 

BOTTOM LINE

The north Georgia and western North Carolina mountains area offer so many options for exploring on foot. Don't miss the chance to experience these trails' stunning views and challenges. The hiking is part of what makes the mountains of North Georgia so attractive. Get out there and hit the trails today!

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