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Posted: 1/30/2011 9:36:51 AM EDT
I'm in the process of moving to the braselton soon, and the wife and I would like to know of some good places to go hiking, camping ect.



Thanks!
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 9:59:04 AM EDT
goofing off day hiking @ Panther Creek Trail

some decent times to be had backpacking in Vogel State Park or on the Chattooga (banjo not required)
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 10:00:13 AM EDT
I used to go camping up in Dahlonega, but it seems like everyone goes up there now. Go up to Rabun county and hike the Appalachian Trail. It has good hiking trails and nobody to bother you.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:17:30 PM EDT
Some good suggestions in this thread already:
Cohutta Wilderness
Vogel State Park / Blood Mountain area
Appalachian Trail

I'd also suggest the Benton Mackaye Trail. Lots of great hiking in N GA within 1.5hrs or so of Braselton. Just be aware that the terrain is rugged, and a lot of the trails are fairly strenuous.


Decent database of trails here, though the search format sucks:
http://www.georgiahikes.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=59
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 1:30:57 PM EDT
check out http://www.amazon.com/Hiking-Trails-North-Georgia-Homan/dp/1561451274/ref=pd_sim_b_2
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 1:43:48 PM EDT
Define "hiking". The wife and I take a lot of "day hiking" trips to different state parks within an hour or so drive. My favorite within about an hour drive is Tallulah Gorge. Amicalola Falls is another good one. Vogel is more like 90 minutes from here but I like it a lot too. Vogel and Tallulah have camp grounds.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 3:22:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2011 3:22:23 PM EDT by Dinnertime]
Originally Posted By BookHound:
Define "hiking". The wife and I take a lot of "day hiking" trips to different state parks within an hour or so drive. My favorite within about an hour drive is Tallulah Gorge. Amicalola Falls is another good one. Vogel is more like 90 minutes from here but I like it a lot too. Vogel and Tallulah have camp grounds.




I should say day hiking, as we don't do much over a 8-10 hour hike.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 6:44:09 AM EDT
If you want to travel a little. My favorite place to hike is PANTHER TOWN VALLEY just outside of Cashiers, NC. There's a reason it's called the "Yosemite Valley of the South".
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 7:02:28 AM EDT
get the book "hiking Georgia"
http://www.amazon.com/Hiking-Georgia-3rd-Georgias-Adventures/dp/0762736429/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1296489684&sr=1-1

good book and good info on places.

try hiking the full length of the Benton McKaye trail (BMT). nice and long but don't see many others...
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 8:49:10 AM EDT
Cheaha State Park

I like this place. Great view. It is where i asked my wife to marry me (over the big waterfall). Her dad told me to push her in if she said no... haha
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 9:12:54 AM EDT
There are some really nice primitive camping sites in the Lake Russel WMA near Toccoa. They have a camping area that I try to stay out of because it usually draws the rednecks but if you go beyond that there are secluded sites all along the road. I much prefer that to staying so close to a bunch of other campers.
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