The Blue Ridge begins in North Georgia, home to the southern terminus of the world-famous Appalachian Trail. Together with Southeast Tennessee, this region boasts thousands of miles of trails where backpackers can explore fabulous state parks, remote wilderness areas, and everything in between.
Routes in this guide range from 3 to more than 21 miles. You’ll find destinations like the historic stone shelter atop Blood Mountain; the remote waterfalls at Three Forks, deep inside the Chattooga Wild & Scenic River corridor; and mile-high Stratton Bald along the Tennessee/North Carolina line. Choose a beginner-friendly trip with a clifftop view, rockhop across pristine mountain streams where swimming holes beckon on hot summer days, or challenge yourself on steep summit ascents.
Each entry includes maps, complete driving and hiking directions, elevation gain, trail highlights, campsites, water sources, and trailhead GPS coordinates. You’ll also find invaluable information to help you choose gear, pick a route, and prepare for your backpacking adventure.
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