Hiking

Union County is home to a myriad of great hiking trails!

Union County is home to a myriad of trails for hikers of all skill levels. You'll find trails in Meeks Park, Vogel State Park, Brasstown Bald, the Appalachain Trail, and more! 

The Appalachain Trail - Hike on the legendary Appalachian Trail (often abbreviated AT) via the historic Walasi-Yi Center at Neel Gap. It’s the only place where the 2,189- mile-long trail passes through a man-made structure. 

Arkaquah Trail - This is a 5.5 mile high ridge trail between Brasstown Bald and Track Rock Gap.

Brasstown Bald Trail - Climb to Georgia Highest Point, Brasstown Bald. This 1.2 mile trail is paved, but steep and ends at the Visitor Information Center at the summit.

Byron Herbert Reece Access Trail - This 0.7 mile trail is the AT access trail at Neel's Gap. It leads to stunning views atop Blood Mountain and is a fairly easy hike.

Coosa Backcountry Trail - This 12.5 mile hike is a loop trail in the rugged mountains near Vogel State Park. The Trail is moderately difficult and requires a permit that you can get at the Vogel State Park Visitors Center.

Eyes on Wildlife Trail - This hike is a 1.2 mile fun loop trail that has scenic stops offering great views, and as the name implies, the opportunity to see lots of wildlife. 

Helton Creek Falls - A brief 0.4 mile hike through a cool mountain cove to two waterfalls, both of which are on Helton Creek. An observation deck at the second falls gives hikers the opportunity to take a rest and enjoy the serenity of the waterfall.

Jacks Knob Trail - Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps as access to Brasstown Bald, this 4.5 mile trail climbs to the top of Wolfpen Ridge.

Jarrard Gap Trail - Starting at the Lake Winfield Scott recreation area (in Vogel State Park) and leading to Jarrard Gap, this 2 mile trail crosses streams and access to the AT.

Logan Turnpike - This 4 mile trail may see easy at first, but the last mile climb to the Appalachian Trail is difficult. The Logan Turnpike trail is strenuous and connects to the AT at Tesnatee Gap.

Mill Shoals Trail - Mill Shoals is a fun 2.4 mile trail, without a lot of hard walking or scenic views, but it features a stream and makes for a nice hike for beginners.

Slaughter Creek Trail - Probably the easiest access trail to the AT in Georgia, and many hikers use it for access to Blood Mountain. This 5.4 mile trail can be combined with Jarrard Gap for a longer hike. 

Wagon Train Trail - Beautiful, well banked 7 mile trail that walks more like a road. Great for those looking for a longer, less strenuous hike in the area.

Yellow Mountain Trail - Yellow Mountain is a well marked, 6 mile trail that offers hikers scenic views and access to campsites.