Below is a list of the 25 best trails I’ve had the pleasure to hike while living in the Southeast. There are probably hundreds more that I’d love so please share what your favorites are!
Trail Name – City, State, Mileage (round trip unless noted otherwise), Elevation Gain
Fiery Gizzard – Tracy City, TN 12.5m (one-way) 2,300ftGrayson Highlands to Mt. Rogers(AT) – Mouth of Wilson, VA 9m 1,100ftAlum Cave to Mt. LeConte – GSMNP, TN 11m 2,763ftOld Rag – Shenandoah NP, VA 5.4m 2,415ftMt. Cammerer(AT) – GSMNP, TN/NC 11m 3,045ftArt Loeb to Shining Rock – Blueridge pkwy MP420, NC 10m 1,580ftMax Patch(AT) – Spring Creek, NC 3m 500ftBlood Mountain(AT) – Blueridge Mountains, GA 4.5m 1,400ftCumberland Island National Seashore – Cumberland Island, GA 20+m 0ftCloudland Canyon State Park – Trenton, GA 16m 1,850ftCharlie’s Bunion(AT) – GSMNP, TN 8m 1,640ftJack’s Knob to Brasstown Bald – Dahlonega, GA 9m 2,000ftWhitewater Creek – Chattahoochee NRA, GA 4m 500ftLooking Glass Rock – Pisgah NF, NC 6.4m 1,650ftDesoto Scout Trail – Alpine, AL 16m 0ftChochran Shoals to Sope Creek – Chattahoochee NRA, GA 8.5m 600ftRabun Bald – Blueridge Mountains, GA 3m 1,000ftHawksbill Mt.(AT) – Shenandoah NP, VA 3m 860ftBearfence Mt.(AT) – Shenandoah NP, VA 2m 310ftJack’s River Trail – Cohutta Wilderness, GA 15m 2000ftSpringer Mt.(AT) – Blueridge Mountains, GA 4.7m 700ftProvidence Canyon – Lumpkin, GA 5m 550ftThe Boardwalk – Congaree NP, SC 2.4m 0ftArabia Mt. – Lithonia, GA 5m 300ft(Bonus) American Hill – U.S. Virgin Islands 3m 300ft(Bonus) Wild Cave Tour – Mammoth Cave, KY 7m 0ft