As we usher in the new year, why not make your first day memorable with invigorating hikes in the picturesque landscapes of North Georgia? From historic sites to stunning waterfalls, there's a trail for everyone. Check out a few of these exhilarating First Day Hikes, all happening on January 1, 2024, and only a quick drive from Dahlonega!


Falls to Farm First Day Hike
  • When: 7:30 AM to 3 PM
  • Where: Hardman Farm Historic Site, Sautee Nacoochee, GA (21 Miles)
  • Embark on an 11-mile hike through time, retracing the footsteps from Anna Ruby Falls to Hardman Farm State Historic Site. Discover the Nichols family's vast estate for $40. Contact: 706-878-1077.
Creek Trail - First Day Hike
  • When: 9:30 AM to 11 AM
  • Where: Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, Dawsonville, GA (12 Miles)
  • Start your year with a brisk 1st Day Hike, following the Appalachian Approach Trail to the reflection pond and back on the Creek Trail. Parking is $5. Contact: 706-265-4703.
Bear Hair Gap Trail - First Day Hike
  • When: 10 AM to 1 PM
  • Where: Vogel State Park, Blairsville, GA (24 Miles)
  • Join a morning hike on the Bear Hair Gap trail, with a scenic stop at the overlook. Don't miss the breathtaking views for $5 parking. Contact: 706-745-2628.
First Day Hike 2024 - Hemlock Falls
  • When: 10 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Where: Moccasin Creek State Park, Clarkesville, GA (38 Miles)
  • Kick-off 2024 with a ranger-led, easy 3-mile hike to Hemlock Falls. Meet at Hemlock Falls Trailhead at the end of Andersonville Lane. Contact: 706-947-3194.
Creek Trail - First Day Hike (Afternoon Session)
  • When: 12 PM to 1:30 PM
  • Where: Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, Dawsonville, GA (12 Miles)
  • Another opportunity to enjoy the brisk 1st Day Hikes is on the Creek Trail, starting from the Appalachian Approach Trail. Parking is $5. Contact: 706-265-4703.
First Day Hike: Duke's Creek Falls Hike
  • When: 1 PM to 3 PM
  • Where: Smithgall Woods State Park, Helen, GA (21 Miles)
  • Commence your New Year's resolution with a hike starting at the Visitor's Center, including a pit stop at a primitive cabin. Continue to Duke's Creek Falls for an extra adventure for $5 parking. Contact: 706-878-3087.
First Day Hike 2024: Dog Creek Trail
  • When: 2 PM to 3 PM
  • Where: Don Carter State Park, Gainesville, GA (14 Miles)
  • Join a park ranger on a 2-mile guided hike along the Dog Creek Trail to celebrate the new year. Dress for the weather and book your spot in advance for $5 parking. Contact: 678-450-7726.

Make the first day of 2024 a day of exploration, nature, and adventure. Lace up your hiking boots, embrace the beauty of Georgia, and start the year on a refreshing note!