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After a summer filled with hazy, hot and humid days, autumn will be a welcome change toward cool, crisp days for those who like to step outside and explore the outdoors while working toward their fitness goals.

The good folks at Atlanta Trails have compiled their 10 Favorite Fall Hikes in and around Atlanta.

“These hikes score some serious seasonal beauty and leaf color in the metro Atlanta area, without a long drive to the mountains.”

Arabia Mountain View Trail
Vast granite expanses and a glassy, reflective lake and grassy meadow just outside of Atlanta.

Pine Mountain Trail
Outstanding views of Allatoona Lake from a rocky mountain summit.

Stone Mountain’s Walk-Up and Cherokee Trails
Exceptional views from the mountain’s summit followed by a hike around the mountain’s lake on a scenic six-mile adventure.

Sweetwater Creek Yellow Trail
Cross a large bridge and catch cross-creek views of the park’s Civil War-era mill ruins.

Kennesaw Mountain
A strenuous 2.4 miles roundtrip on the Big Mountain Trail: Big Mountain Hike.  Climb Kennesaw Mountain, the site of a Civil War battle, with breathtaking Atlanta skyline views.

Sawnee Mountain Indian Seats Trail
An outstanding overlook with beautiful, long-range views of the North Georgia mountains.

Pine Log Creek Trail
A historic, rocky, water-filled quarry and rolling, mossy forest north of Georgia’s Allatoona Lake.

Iron Hill Loop Trail at Red Top Mountain State Park
Hike, run or bike the trail, exploring a scenic lake peninsula and quiet cove on Allatoona Lake, just north of Atlanta.

Gold Branch Trail at Bull Sluice Lake
The banks of the Chattahoochee River near Roswell are a wildlife-filled forest with exceptionally beautiful river views.

What are your favorite hikes in and around Atlanta? Keep the conversation going by commenting below.

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