Hiking in North Georgia Mountains


Do you like to hike? Enjoy a leisurely walk along a mountain trails? Or a serious climb on a 7 mile trail? Then you will enjoy hiking in Pickens County and the surrounding North Georgia Mountains. For detailed descriptions and directions to walking and hiking trails in and around Pickens Country, click here.  


Hike along streams. View waterfalls. Listen to the sound of the birds. Enjoy the simple quiet of the forest. Elevation’s from 1,200 feet to 3,200 feet. Hikes from 2 miles to 15 miles. Hikes for younger children and older seniors. Gravel roads and rutted dirt trails. Hike miles without seeing another sole. Or hike trails with frequent encounters with other hikers. 

Amicalola River Access Site

Sound of the river as you hike. The Amicalola River is one of the more scenic in North Georgia. The Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 28,000-acre wildlife and natural resource preserve.

The Amicalola Tract is about 10,000 acres. It provides a conservation buffer for the scenic Amicalola River. The Amicalola River drains the watersheds of the Wildcat and Glass Mt. Tracts as well as parts of the Amicalola Mt. Region. It also has numerous 2nd and 3rd order streams joining the river from northern Dawson County lowlands.


The Amicalola Tract for the most part is kept in its natural state. There are numerous entrances to the tract to allow access for hunting and fishing. Within the tract are two multiuse recreational sites, the Lindsey Ford and the Amicalola River Access site. These areas are used for fishing including handicap access, camping, watercraft activities including class 3 rapids training for kayakers, hiking, and more.


Link to Georgia Mountain Stewards (Amicalola River Access Site)

Just off of Route 53, Dawsonville, Georgia

Burnt Mountain Hiking Trail 

Beautiful mountain vistas, nature at it’s best. Great hike in all seasons. Trails for the novice and experienced hiker. 

  • 772 acres in the Burnt Mountain Preserve

  • 2500 ft. elevation and the trail drops 400 feet in elevation before returning to the starting point

  • Moderate level of difficulty for the average hiker

  • Beautiful trail


Link to Georgia Mountain Stewards (Burnt Mountain Hiking Trail) 

Approximate: 3055 Georgia 136, Jasper, Georgia

Amicalola Falls State Park and Approach to Appalachian Trail

Spectacular scenery and hiking trails make this one of Georgia’s most popular state parks. At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. Visitors have choices on how to best view the tumbling waters, ranging from an accessible pathway to a challenging trail with staircases. Those who tackle the latter can join the park’s Canyon Climbers Club. An 8.5-mile trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the famous 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail. Numerous other trails provide shorter day hikes.


Link to Georgia Mountain Stewards (Amicalola Falls State Park)

Just off of Route 53, Dawsonville, Georgia

Wildcat Wildlife Managerment Area 

All trails in the Wildcat Section are on DNR property. However, some of these trails are connected to trails that lead onto private property. All trails are marked with signage to make it easy to stay on the DNR trail. Any one using the DNR property is cautioned to stay off of private property which is trespassing and punishable under DNR or local law.

Some of the trails are wilderness trails. Do not attempt to hike them unless you are very experienced at hiking in a wilderness. Wilderness trails are not suitable for children or casual hikers.


  • Easy To Strenuous Trails

  • Steams and Waterfalls

  • 1,700 to 3,000 Elevation

  • Camping

  • Fishing


Link to Georgia Mountain Stewards (Wildcat Wildlife Management Trails)

Dawson County, Georgia