Yonah Mountain Hiking Trail

Yonah Mountain Hiking Trail

Yonah Mountain Hiking Trail
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  • Josh E
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    Unbelievable
    Was definitely a difficult hike compared to the average hikes I’ve done and also what I thought the hike was gonna be. BUT the best view point I’ve ever been too. Even better then baldtown brass. Yonah has the hiking challenge with a reward once you get to the top
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • CANDICE B
    Kennesaw, Georgia27 contributions
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    Breathtaking. Wow.
    As a former hiker gone soft, this was a difficult hike and much willpower was needed to finish. The 1450’ elevation gain is no joke. The rock and boulder path was tough. When I reached the Army training camp, I knew I had been too ambitious but couldn’t turn back by then. If the military trains on a mountain, one knows it will be full of suck. The view at the summit was gorgeous. A man and a child were fairly close and the child, while polite, talked loudly the entire time. So much for zen. The hike down went more quickly but was brutal. The hike difficulty was mostly due to my fitness level or lack thereof. It was worth it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida18,123 contributions
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    The #1 Hike in Georgia
    Per AllTrails, this hike is the #1 hike in the State of Georgia. At 4.1 miles round trip and 1,453 vertical feet is it a great hike with just enough elevation in just enough distance. While the nearly the entire hike is through a thick Georgia deciduous forest, one side of the top has a sheer granite wall that provides incredible views to the west over the valley below. For all these reasons, this is an incredible hike. I will say there are a number of camps in the area so the trail can be quite busy. However, it can equally clear out as it did before I returned, hiking the entire way down by myself and having an incredible experience with a number of deer on the return. If you are in the north Georgia mountains, this is a great hike that I highly recommend. The distance and elevation are relatively low and the rewarding view for the effort is incredible. There is a reason this is the best hike in Georgia.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 December 2023
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL18,123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Per AllTrails, this hike is the #1 hike in the State of Georgia. At 4.1 miles round trip and 1,453 vertical feet is it a great hike with just enough elevation in just enough distance. While the nearly the entire hike is through a thick Georgia deciduous forest, one side of the top has a sheer granite wall that provides incredible views to the west over the valley below. For all these reasons, this is an incredible hike. I will say there are a number of camps in the area so the trail can be quite busy. However, it can equally clear out as it did before I returned, hiking the entire way down by myself and having an incredible experience with a number of deer on the return.

If you are in the north Georgia mountains, this is a great hike that I highly recommend. The distance and elevation are relatively low and the rewarding view for the effort is incredible. There is a reason this is the best hike in Georgia.
Written 31 December 2023
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CANDICE B
Kennesaw, GA27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
As a former hiker gone soft, this was a difficult hike and much willpower was needed to finish. The 1450’ elevation gain is no joke. The rock and boulder path was tough. When I reached the Army training camp, I knew I had been too ambitious but couldn’t turn back by then. If the military trains on a mountain, one knows it will be full of suck. The view at the summit was gorgeous. A man and a child were fairly close and the child, while polite, talked loudly the entire time. So much for zen. The hike down went more quickly but was brutal. The hike difficulty was mostly due to my fitness level or lack thereof. It was worth it.
Written 26 September 2023
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Josh E
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Was definitely a difficult hike compared to the average hikes I’ve done and also what I thought the hike was gonna be. BUT the best view point I’ve ever been too. Even better then baldtown brass. Yonah has the hiking challenge with a reward once you get to the top
Written 23 July 2023
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Stat Travels
Cleveland, OH63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
The trail was described as hard on All Trails and it was hard. You need good hiking shoes and poles. Take plenty of water and a few snacks. Start early!
Written 23 September 2022
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Louis H
Atlanta, GA613 contributions
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Jul 2022
We used to drive up to the top of Yonah back in college in the 90's when the Army was not doing training exercises. The road to the top was very narrow somewhat dangerous. Wisely the state of Georgia closed off this road and made a hiking trailhead. The hike up says 2.2 miles but we ended up hiking about 2.6 up. I guess because we hiked around the summit and cliffside quite a bit. It's 1600 feet of elevation gain in 2.2 miles which is pretty tough. Still I think Blood Mountain is 2000+ in 1.5 miles so not quite as much elevation change. The trail doesn't switch back to much and has quite a bit of erosion making a few difficult footing sections. Still I would not call in an extremely hard hike if you take it slow. There is a really nice lookout just over halfway. The last .75 miles is probably the toughest but you are rewarded with outstanding views of Blood Mt, Brasstown Bald and most of North Central GA. There are some really dangerous ledges so be careful. The trail is heavily traveled so you don't have to worry about being isolated on weekends. There are basic bathroom facilities at the trailhead. Definitely going to get back up here again soon and hike it again.
Written 3 July 2022
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Emmy S
Orlando, FL4 contributions
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Jul 2021
Okay, let me start by saying that Mt. Yonah and I had quite the interesting experience together. As a person who does not hike regularly, this hike was pretty strenuous. The 2,000 ft increase in just two miles definitely took the wind out of me, but the hike was incredible. The views were some of the best I had ever seen and I would do this hike again. With lookouts along the trail up the mountain, my friend and I were able to take sufficient breaks to make our climb easier. While this hike was a feat for us, we did see hikers climb this mountain with ease and were lapped by individuals who brought little water and snacks. It seems to be a hot spot for local, seasoned hikers.
However, we did have one problem on this hike that occurred on the way down. We missed the small trailhead after the army camp and ended up walking a mile and half down the mountain in the wrong direction. This was awful for us because we could barely make it up in the first place and after trying (and failing) to make our way back to the trailhead, we ended up hitchhiking back to the trailhead with a local vacation rental worker. So, my only advice to travelers hiking this mountain would be to pay special attention to the trail markers on your sojourn back from the mountain’s peak.
Scary hitchhiking aside, the view from the top of the mountain was worth the hours we spent hiking under the hot sun. The views of the valley below were amazing and we loved being able to view miles and miles of land.
In summation, do this hike but be diligent, pay attention to directions, and bring plenty of snacks and water to keep you fueled throughout your hike.
Written 23 March 2022
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Deanna C.
Kansas City, MO30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
My boyfriend and I climbed to the top of the mountain on Valentine's day and it was an amazing experience, loved every minute of it. The climb wasn't terrible, but we did have to take about 2 or 3 breaks before reaching the top. The view was truly amazing and made it super worth it. Now I think this said this was a two hour trip, and the round trip for us was about 5 hours, granted we did take some breaks on the way up, and we did sit at a cliff while eating some food and appreciating the view while on top, so I would suggest to estimate for more than a two hour trip.
Written 17 March 2022
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EdWilliams3
Macon, GA72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Hiking Mt. Yonah was an amazing experience! It's an overall 4.2 mile hike, and the first half of it is all uphill - no level areas, you will be continually moving higher up and you're mostly walking on rocks. Beautiful trail, would recommend you bring a good supply of water and healthy type snacks like nuts, fruits, and protein bars. Take breaks! I'm a photographer so I got tons of still pics and some video clips. The views from the summit are amazing and well worth the effort to get there.

Two tips - the trek downwards can actually be the most treacherous, be very careful - a slip in the wrong place could end in bad news. Also, and I'm guessing no one has just come out and said this, but if you're out of shape, obese, or have heart issues you need to seriously reconsider. In just the time I was on the trail I would estimate I saw 6-8 hikers that were hurting, one even didn't even try for the summit and came back down. It's a doable hike but you have to have a little gas in the endurance tank to make it up and back.

Great experience!
Written 28 October 2021
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Odette M
Miami, FL58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
My husband and I took a spontaneous trip to Helen, from South Florida just for this hike. We were supposed to go for our honeymoon however plans changed but we finally got to go to Yonah!

My first recommendation is to get their early. It is heavily trafficked. We arrived around 9:30-10am and there were already a good amount of cars on the lot. By the time we left, the path to the parking was getting blocked by cars on one side which can make maneuvering the gravel road a bit more difficult.

Another recommendation is, if you're not a frequent hiker, to have a map or use Alltrails as a guide, plus a compass, before doing this hike. We had a map and had looked into the path multiple times and we ended up taking paths on the way back that weren't the ones we initially took. There are green markers to help but not everywhere and at times it could get confusing which path to take. Various times, on our way down, we had people ask us which direction to take or how long until they got to a certain point in the hike.

The hike is a bit strenuous but doable. There is some rock climbing involved in a few sections, nothing too crazy. I would say make sure you have the right shoes for this and to watch your step. Aside from that, make sure to have plenty of water.

The views are spectacular. There is a midpoint with a great view but the top is where it makes the hike worth it. There are various overlooks since the trail goes around the entire top of the mountain it seems.

It took us about 5 hours total however I want to point out that this is only our second big hike and due to some burst blisters, had to go slower halfway up the trail plus taking time to admire the scenery. I think no more than 4 hours would be a reasonable time for the entire hike to and back if you take breaks.
Written 7 September 2021
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AFlife
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
So this is a strenuous hike but very manageable if you take your time on the uphill part. The trail itself is beautiful and well marked. We arrived early and were able to park in the parking lot. The parking lot is on the smallish side however there is parking along the road leading to the trail. The road going to the trailhead is unpaved and has some large ruts,etc. The views are very pretty from the top and well worth a visit. I would recommend shoes with good grip due to the few sections that require climbing over rock,etc. We took our small dog ( 15lbs) with us and he only needed carried over a few places. On the way down we did pass a lot of people coming up the trail and there were a few sections that required you to wait until others passed. I would definitely arrive early.
Written 13 April 2021
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