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Metro Atlanta is situated in the Appalachian Piedmont, featuring pine and hardwood-covered hills, rocks, and roots, all criss-crossed by water. Any trail built in this area may start out smooth, but it won't remain that way long. Water and wear bring out the natural features of the soil, making even beginner trails a bit of a challenge.
Wildlife abounds throughout all of the trail systems. Be prepared to stop for turkeys, turtles, deer, chipmunks, squirrels, coyotes, snakes, lizards, foxes, raccoon and opossums.
Food and Drink
Sope Creek: Heritage BBQ
Blankets Creek and Rope Mill: 7 Tequilas, Canyon Burgers, Pure, Taqueria Tsunami, Papa P's, Taste of Italy, Marco's Pizza, Sidelines Grille
Big Creek MTB Park: Mr. Taco, Pure, Lucky's
Chicopee Woods: El Sombrero, Eat at Thai
It's possible to hike in Atlanta year-round. The freeze-thaw cycle can be an issue during December and January so check conditions before you go out.
Appalachian Trail Shuttle to Springer Mountain:
Jan 21 - Perimeter REI
Get your Appalachian Trail thru-hike off to the right start with REI's Shuttle Service to the A.T.'s Southern Terminus at Springer Mountain. Arrive early to gain access to the store and benefit from a gear tune-up with the assistance of an A.T. thru-hiker. Then hop on our REI bus to enjoy a ride to the trailhead, with a grocery stop along the way! Details
Hike and Hops - Stone Mountain Park and German Beer Tasting:
Jan 21 - Stone Mountain Park - Walk-up Trailhead
Join us for a hike at the famous Stone Mountain Park and learn about different types of beer at a local German tavern! We'll hike about 5-6 miles and see some of the park's highlights. Then we'll retreat to The Village Corner Restaurant where each hiker will receive an education, a beer, and a giant pretzel. Participants must be 21 or over. Details