If Covid has taught us all anything it’s that you have to think more creatively about creating your own entertainment. So for our 2021 weekends we decided that we would make it a point to explore different Atlanta hikes. Fortunately, there are endless hike options to choose from and I have enjoyed thinking about it each week and coming up with a new adventure for the weekend. We have also recruited some friends to join us which definitely helps to motivate the kids. (Oh, and of course snacks, allllll the snacks.) But really I am shocked at how well they have done and we have truly been enjoying this family hobby.
One tip my mom shared that has been a great resource is the “ALL TRAILS” app. It is a wonderful resource for researching trails and can help you locate nearby options with reviews and user uploaded photos. It also provides a trail map and will track your route so you can see where you are on the trail in real time! No more getting lost or wondering which way to turn on paths.
So far, we have done 4 Atlanta hikes this year:
- Kennesaw Mountain
- Stone Mountain
- Edge of the World Trail in Dawsonville
- Sweetwater Creek
Kennesaw was our first Atlanta hike attempt and with a mile up and a mile down, we weren’t sure how the boys would fare. But they did great! They loved the history (it is the location of a Civil War battle) and being able to see the Atlanta skyline from the top.
I have done this hike many times over the years – but this was the first time with the boys. Even though it was a hazy day, we could still see the skyline of Atlanta and the boys got a kick out of that. The climb is about 2 miles roundtrip. This hike ranks #1 for the boys- but I think it is just because there is something very unique about climbing a huge rock and it feels like you are walking on the moon. I do have to agree that it really is a cool spot! (and a great workout!)
AMICALOLA CREEK TRAIL – EDGE OF THE WORLD IN DAWSONVILLE
We were already planning a day trip up to the Dawsonville area and wanted to include a hike in our outing. The obvious option was to do Amicalola Falls, but I wanted to try something completely new to us. So we found this great trail called Amicalola Creek Trail also known as Edge of the World Trail. This trail was absolutely beautiful! We didn’t do the entire loop just the wooden boardwalk along the creek. The scenery was gorgeous.
It’s been years since we have been here so when a sunny weekend popped up- it was time to check it out. We planned to do the full two miles (not a loop) but at about a mile in, the terrain got too rocky for our crew. But overall, it was so lovely to just be outside on a sunny day and walk along the creek. The trail also has ruins from a mill in the 1800’s which makes it unique.
I have lots more on my list to check out and look forward to continuing this hobby with my crew. I can’t wait until spring when it gets even prettier as everything blooms! And of course we have been adding lots of heart shaped rocks to our collection…
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