17 Hikes Challenge
Northwest Georgia is known for it’s beauty and outdoor experiences from trails covered in tree canopies to beautiful waterfalls for social media moments. The 17 Hikes Challenge is your guide to great trails in all 17 counties of Northwest Georgia. Our counties offer unique experiences including historic Attractions, local Dining, one-of-a-kind Accommodations and nearby Hidden Gems when you discover each trail.
How it works
- Review the list of 17 Trails on the challenge and plan your visits. The minimum distance per hike is 1 mile; distances and trail information are provided in each trail description below.
- 2023 challenge timeframe: Sep 1, 2022 to Dec 31, 2023
- List your hikes on the log sheet as you complete each one: Download Log Sheet (PDF)
- Email completed log sheet to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Share the Fun
- Post your trail experience photo(s) to your social media pages
- Tag the Northwest Georgia’s Historic High Country Facebook page: @GAHighCountry
- Hashtag your posts: #17hikes #visitnwga #hikenwga
Map of 17 Hikes
Bremen Tanner Health Walk
Location: Bremen (Haralson County)
Trail Length: 1 Mile
A one mile walking tour for your health and history begins at City Hall. You will pass the Sewell Mill Textile Museum, and then continue around to some of the oldest homes still standing in Bremen. Bremen is also part of the West Georgia Textile Trail, and several markers are located along the route that share local textile stories.
Photo credit: alltrails.com
Burnt Mountain Preserve
Location: Jasper (Pickens County)
Trail Length: .3 to 2 miles
Difficulty: Easy to Strenuous
This 900-acre preserve trail begins at 2500 ft elevation on Burnt Mountain. Two trails give the option of a short or longer hike. Parts of the trail follow old road beds. Seasonal flowers and interpretive signs help identify foliage and interpret the area.
CCC Stone Tower Trail at Fort Mountain State Park
Location: Chatsworth/Ellijay (Murray County)
Trail Length: 1 mile
The Stone Tower Loop is an uphill hike to the West Overlook Trail and returns on the CCC Stone Tower Trail. Enjoy year-round vistas from West Overlook and natural rock gardens. Several nearby trails are located in the park including bike trails and horse trails.
Cloudland Canyon Waterfalls Trail
Location: Trenton/Rising Fawn (Dade County)
Trail Length: 1.5 Miles
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
600 steps down into the canyon take you to two impressive waterfalls. That’s the easy part. The hike back to the top of the rim take a little more muscle. But the steps make it easier to stop and rest if needed.
George W. Disney Trail
Location: Dalton (Whitfield County)
Trail Length: 2.4 Miles
Located off Highway 41, behind the Nazarene Church and State Patrol Barracks, the trail is named for the grave of George Disney who was buried atop Rocky Face Ridge. The Disney Trail is noted as being one of the most challenging short trails in the state of Georgia. The breathtaking views from the ridge top make the effort worth it. Just follow the white trail markers to reach the top.
Jackson Hill Trail System – Lee’s Loop
Location: Rome, GA (Floyd County)
Trail Length: 1.8 miles
The trailhead sign with a system map marks the start of the trail, just beside the parking lot on Jackson Hill. Lee’s Loop is 1.8 miles and circles through the Jackson Hill Trail System. The undulating trail is almost completely shaded and loops around several other marked trails in the system. Follow red signs for Lee’s Loop to stay on the trail. Historic Jackson Hill was the location of Fort Norton, an earthen fortification system which defended Rome during the Civil War. Interpretive markers at the base of Jackson Hill tell the story of the Civil War in Rome. The Georgia’s Rome Welcome Center and Gift Shop is located at the same location and is a helpful resource for trail maps and sights to see while in Rome.
John’s Mountain Trail
Location: LaFayette (Walker County)
Trail Length: 3 Miles
This easy trail begins with one of the best views of the “Ridge and Valley” section of Northwest Georgia from the deck in the parking lot. The trail takes you on a high ridge of Johns Mountain to an overlook of Keown Falls, then returns to parking area on a trail slightly below the ridge top.
McIntosh Reserve Park Trails
Location: Whitesburg (Carroll)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
The Reserve is 527 acres packed with history, trails, pavilions, splash park, and sweeping frontage on the Chattahoochee River. The Creek Indian heritage and beautiful outdoors give hikers a memerable experience.
Marble Mine Trail at James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park
Location: Summerville (Chattooga County)
Trail Length: 1 to 1.8 Miles
This trail follows the old road to the Marble Mine, one of the park’s most scenic features. The spring and winter rainfall generate a small 35ft waterfall over the marble outcroppings. In just under a mile futher, the trail connect to the 330-mile Pinhoti Trail.
Noonday Creek Trail
Location: Woodstock (Cherokee County)
Trail Length: 1.43 Miles
The trailhead is located in Downtown Woodstock with easy access to a dog park and connects to other trails. Downtown shopping and dining is located within a 2 minute walk from the trail. The City of Woodstock/Woodstock Arts host concerts and events throughout the year.
Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site Trails
Location: Dallas (Paulding)
Trail Length: 1-3 Miles
Difficulty: Moderate to stenuous
Hike one or more of the seven trails on site as you learn the historic significance surrounding the events that took place during the American Civil War. Museum/visitors center on site.
Pine Mountain Trail East
Location: Cartersville (Bartow County)
Trail Length: West Loop- 1.75; East Loop – 2.5; Archer Overlook – .4
There are two loops connecting Pine Mountain: East Loop & West Loop. This is a rugged and challenging hike reaching 1,562 feet above sea level. The trail is open daily for hiking. At the summitt enjoy beautiful views of Lake Allatoona and even the Atlanta skyline on a clear day.
Resaca Battlefield Historic Site Trail
Location: Resaca (Gordon County)
Trail Length: 5.1 Miles
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
A 483-acre park with over 5 miles of walking trails through open valley fields and mixed pine/hardwood forest with streams and wetlands. The site is dedicated as a heritage preserve to conserve and protect the cultural, natural and recreational resources of the property.
Ringgold Nature Trail – Chief Richard Taylor Nature Trail
Location: Ringgold (Catoosa County)
Trail Length: 2 Miles
Start at the Ringgold Nature Trail that joins the Chief Richard Taylor Trail for a round trip walk of a nice and easy paved trail, the trails leads through the western section of the Ringgold Recreational Complex and runs along South Chickamauga Creek.
Silver Comet Trail at Cedartown Depot
Location: Cedartown (Polk County)
Trail Length: 1 to 61.5 Miles
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
The Silver Comet Trail is a 61.5 mile rails-to-trails path from Cobb County west to the Alabama line. The Cedartown Depot at mm 51.4 is a great place to experience a portion of the trail in either direction, and notably hilly to the west.
Swinging Bridge Trail
Location: Blue Ridge (Fannin County)
Trail Length: 2 Miles
A popular destination for day-hikers, Benton MacKaye Trail thru-hikers, and paddlers making the journey down the Toccoa River Canoe Trail is the swinging bridge over the Toccoa River. This 270 foot long bridge is the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi River. Trails to access the Swinging Bridge are located on each side of the river and provide short, pleasant walks. Other attractions are the drive through the beautiful Wilscot Valley, the historic working Skeenah Mill and falls, the wooded setting to reach the parking area and the Toccoa River itself.
Tumbling Waters Trail
Location: Ellijay (Gilmer County)
Trail Length: 1.1 Miles
In just over a mile there are several scenic stops to enjoy including a 150ft bridge crossing 30 feet over Tails Creek, ending at the cascade’s peak. Be sure to walk the other part of the trail that leads to an overlook. $5.00/vehicle use fee