Even though restaurants and bars are still opening up, it might be best to continue finding social distancing activities while we’re seeing the second wave of Covid-19 ramp up. Here’s a few trails that aren’t too far from Atlanta, and have great views!
Pine Mountain Trail near Allatoona Lake
The Pine Mountain Trail winds and climbs to sweeping views of Lake Allatoona, Stone Mountain and Kennesaw Mountain. The trail, located just east of Cartersville, hikes a stream-filled coniferous forest, and winds along massive granite outcrops. And under 40 miles from midtown Atlanta, this figure-eight loop offers a fantastic, view-packed hike without a long drive to the trailhead.
Kennesaw Mountain Trails
Hike the enormous trail network at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield! Perfect to explore stunning Atlanta skyline views and terrain drenched in Civil War history. This one can a little more difficult for some, but is definitely worth it once you see the views! Both a history lesson and a work out, this will be a great weekend activity. It is located at 905 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, between Marietta and Kennesaw, Georgia.
Vickery Creek Trail at Roswell Mills
This trail in Roswell leads you to two historic mills, a covered bridge, and a spillway waterfall. Explore the historic remains of Roswell Mill and visits the mill’s spillway dam waterfall on a Chattahoochee River tributary. The 5+ mile trail network hikes through beautiful, rolling forest and catches views of the rushing dam waterfall from a steep rock bluff. Located off of Atlanta St. in Roswell, you’re also just a quick drive to Gate City Brewing for an after-hike brew!
Arabia Mountain Top Trail
Hike through massive exposed granite fields and past shallow basins of rare plants, climbing to stunning summit views. The Arabia Mountain Top Trail is both kid and beginner friendly and offers views of the abundant natural beauty that’s only 30 minutes from Midtown Atlanta. If you’re living in our East Atlanta neighborhoods, this one’s a little closer to you! South of Stone Mountain, these hikes sit closer to Lithonia, off Klondike Road.
Sweetwater Creek State Park
Our last hike offers all the beauty of a North Georgia outdoor adventure, but without a long drive from Atlanta. Sweetwater runs through a sun-dappled forest, and then follows the sandy and bluff-filled banks of Sweetwater Creek to explore Civil War mill ruins, tumbling whitewater and small waterfalls. Expect heavy traffic on the park’s popular trails, especially on sunny weekends and holidays. Sweetwater isn’t so hard to get to, just east on I-20 past Six Flags.
We hope this gave you some ideas for a day trip away from the city! Some exercise and nature could do us all some good these days. You can find a list of what to pack here. Stay safe and healthy, Atlanta!