5 Popular Winter Hiking Trails near Blue Ridge, GA

There is plenty to love about summertime hiking: the warm sun shining in your face; the cool breeze blowing through your hair. But, there’s something special about wintertime hiking that you just don’t get during the summer months. Hiking during the winter months becomes a pathway to refreshing solitude. Green trees full of bloom shrink to a slimness, opening up mountain vistas and unforgettable views. Trails become brand new again, and familiar paths become new challenges as chilly weather and even snow change the landscape. Here's 5 popular winter hiking trails near Blue Ridge, GA!

If you’re staying in a Blue Ridge cabin rental between December and March, nothing is quite like a winter hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

To help pave the way for your winter hiking escapade, we will look at 5 cabin rentals in Blue Ridge close to some of the most popular trails in North Georgia.

Cabin: Toccoa Mist

Trail: Flat Creek Loop

Toccoa Mist

Located in the ever-popular Aska Adventure Area, Flat Creek Loop is a six-mile trail dotted with small waterfalls and a few inclines. With moderate difficulty, this trail is best suited for folks who want a small challenge during their getaway stay in Blue Ridge. This trail is only a few minutes away from Toccoa Mist, a three-bedroom, two-bath waterfront cabin rental situated feet from Fightingtown Creek.

Cabin: A Bird’s Eye View

Trail: Fall Branch Falls

A Bird's Eye View

Perfect for beginners or folks looking for an easy hike, Fall Branch Falls is one of the most popular hiking trails in Blue Ridge. This trail is an offshoot of the Benton MacKaye Trail, and features densely wooded areas, ending with a spectacular view of a cascading waterfall. This trail is about 10 to 15 minutes from A Bird’s Eye View, a two-bedroom, three bath Blue Ridge cabin rental in Cherry Log. This cozy cabin boasts a stunning long-range mountain view. Bring your furry friends along for the journey – both the trail and cabin are pet-friendly!

Cabin: Nottely Island Retreat

Trail: Helton Creek Falls Trail

Nottely Island Retreat

Located in Blairsville, Georgia, Helton Creek Falls is an out-and-back trail that is short, easy, and culminates with a gorgeous waterfall and even a swimming hole. Great for families, couples, or singles, this trail is also great for bird watching and general admiration of nature. Nottely Island Retreat is an expansive cabin rental in Blairsville. Featuring five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and is just a few steps from Lake Nottely. Both the cabin and trail present an excellent opportunity to disconnect from reality while enjoying the great outdoors.

Cabin: Hidden Escape

Trail: Jacks River Trail  

Hidden Escape

You can find Jacks River Trail deep within the Cohutta Wilderness area of North Georgia. This remote trail features breathtaking waterfalls and a crystal-clear river. Depending on how far you want to go, it is best suited for hikers looking to spend several hours outdoors. It should also be noted that this trail is probably not best for casual hikers, as it has a high difficulty rating. Hidden Escape is also located in the Cohutta Wilderness area and comes equipped with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a healthy dose of luxury and opulence. The rugged nature of Jacks River Trail and the comfort of this 5-star cabin make for a delightful contrast.

Cabin: Blue Ridge Cottage

Trail: Mineral Springs Hiking/Walking Trail

Blue Ridge Cottage

If you and your guests don’t want to venture too far from Downtown Blue Ridge shopping and dining, the combo of the Mineral Springs Trail and Blue Ridge Cottage is a great choice. The Mineral Springs trail is very easy, without any inclines or declines of note. It’s a great place to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the picnic tables available. Blue Ridge Cottage is one of the most popular Blue Ridge cabin rentals around. Downtown Blue Ridge is truly in your backyard and is easily within walking distance of this cabin rental. Enjoy a leisurely hike on the Mineral Springs Trail, swing by Downtown Blue Ridge for some afternoon shopping, and end your day in the lap of luxury at the Blue Ridge Cottage. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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