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Hey You! Take a Hike!

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Lace up the boots, grab your granola and hit the trails. Great hiking options are available in nearby destinations throughout Georgia. Whether you#re seeking a scenic, leisurely stroll or a breathtaking waterfall byway, get back to nature with these trail options.

Hidden Pond Songbird Trail

Located in Jasper in at the western end of Carters Lake, this trail was developed to encourage wildlife and waterfowl viewing, including multiple blinds along a beaver pond. A short trail of only 1.03 miles, Hidden Pond Songbird is considered an #easy# hike.

AT Neels Gap to Hogpen Gap

In Dahlonega, experience what may be the oldest portion of the Appalachian Trail with this hike. Considered #difficult# to #moderate,# the trail takes you by the Walasi-Yi Center, a gift and clothing store that allows for a needed rest and repacking stop. You#ll travel about 6.8 miles on this hike.

Coosa Backcountry Trail

For an overnight adventure, hike this 12.7 mile trail at Vogel State Park in Blairsville. You#ll travel through rugged mountains, take in some scenic views and enjoy camping out on this #strenuous# hike. This trail requires a permit, so stop at the park#s visitor center first.

Disney Trail

Considered steep and the most challenging trail in northwest Georgia, this trail, located in Dalton, offers some scenic views and area history. Named for Confederate soldier George Disney who was killed and buried where he fell in 1864, the Disney Trail is 2.4 miles and pre-dates the Appalachian Trail in the state by nearly 20 years.

Yellow River Park

This nearly 600-acre park is part of Gwinnett County#s Parks and Recreation department. The Yellow River flows through the park, which is heavily used by bikers and equestrians. An easy hiking trail also winds it way through the park offering scenic views of the river. A large passive area is great for picnics.

For more information on hiking in Georgia, visit www.georgiatrails.com.