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10 Must-do Hikes near Talona Ridge (East Ellijay, Georgia)

Here's a list of 10 hikes (some waterfall hikes) in close proximity to the resort. This list shows a variety of hiking difficulty, see links for more trail details.



1. Fall Branch Falls on the Benton MacKaye Trail (near Blue Ridge)

- 1.2 miles round trip

- An easy to moderate hike.

https://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/fall-branch-falls-benton-mackaye-trail/


2. Bear Creek Trail (Western Ellijay)

- 1.9-5.5 miles round trip

- An easy to moderate hike, depending on the length of the trail you choose to hike.

https://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/bear-creek-trail/


3. Carters Lake Tumbling Waters Trail (Ellijay)

- 1 mile round trip

- An easy to moderate hike.

https://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/tumbling-waters-nature-trail-carters-lake/

4. Emery Creek Falls (Ellijay)

- 6.2 miles round trip

- A more difficult hike with crossing creeks and steeper inclines.

https://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/wild-river-crossings-to-a-gorgeous-waterfall-hiking-emery-creek/


5. Springer Mountain: Hike on the Appalachian Trail (Ellijay)

- 1.9 miles round trip

- A more difficult hike with a rocky ascent.

https://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/springer-mountain-2-mile-hike/

6. Amicalola Falls Trail (Ellijay)

- 2.1 miles round trip

- A more difficult hike with lots of stairs.

- There are Alternative paths available to avoid stairs.

https://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/tumbling-waters-hiking-amicalola-falls/

7. Fort Mountain Lake Trail (Blue Ridge/Ellijay)

- 1.2 miles round trip

- An easy to moderate hike.

https://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/lake-trail-fort-mountain-state-park/

8. Fort Mountain State Park Summit Trail (Blue Ridge/Ellijay)

- 1.5 miles round trip

- A relatively moderate hike with some steeper parts.

https://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/fort-mountain-state-park-summit-trail/

9. Appalachian Trail: Three Forks to Springer Mountain (Blue Ridge/Ellijay)

- 8.6 miles round trip

- A more difficult hike due to length of the trail.

https://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/hiking-the-appalachian-trail-three-forks-to-springer-mountain/

10. Carters Lake Oak Ridge Nature Trail (Ellijay)

- 1.6 miles round trip

- A relatively moderate hike.

https://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/oak-ridge-nature-trail-carters-lake/