5 Hikes Near Dawsonville

Find some of our favorite hikes and hit the trails to make your own adventure in Dawson County.

Dog friendly hike near Dawsonville, Georgia that features a waterfall and does get its fair share of traffic. The trail is shred by hikers, trail runners, and large groups year-round.

#2 Appalachian Approach Trail

The AT Approach Trail is a 16 mile out and back difficult to strenuous hike located near Dawsonville. It boasts a waterfall and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Many backpackers favor this trail.

#3 Amicalola River Trail

Find the trailhead to the north of Highway 53 on the east side of the river. From the the parking lot you hike down to the river where whitewater leads the way for 2.5 miles.

#4 Cochran Creek Falls

The first several miles of this trail are relaxed and flat along an old logging road. The last mile of the trail is challenging and steep, but the reward of the falls is worth it.

#5 Bearden Falls

This trail is not well signed but it is easy to find. It follows an old forest service road along Nimblewill Creek. At the fork with Bearden Creek the trail branches to the right and narrows as it climbs steeply to the falls.

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If there is one place where Mother Nature is alive and kicking, it is at Georgia's only backcountry lodge, the Len Foote Hike Inn. Perched at the trailhead of the Appalachian Trail, surrounded by mountain high country and encompassing rivers and forests, backcountry trails and cascading waterfalls.

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