The Arkaquah Trail is a furrific hike in northeast Georgia, and you'll find it near Blairsville. This out-and-back trail is 5.5 miles each way, but parking is available on both ends if you'd just like to do one way. Most hikers take about three hours in each direction, and if your pup is up to the challenge of this difficult hike, they're welcome to join you, as long as they're leashed!
You'll begin your hike at the parking area at Track Rock Gap, where parking costs $3. Follow the Arkaquah Trailhead signs. Hikers describe the first mile and a half or so of the hike as incredibly difficult. You'll complete the majority of your incline at the beginning of the walk. This first section is quite a challenge, so this hike is best saved for experienced hikers and their doggos.
Once you've completed the first 1.7 miles of the hike and passed the first ridge, your hard work will be rewarded with astounding views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. From here on out, most of the hike is moderately difficult, and your legs will get a bit of a break. You'll come to a visitors center at the top, and if you'd like to continue for another 0.6 miles, you can reach the observation tower for even better views.
Once you've completed the hike in one direction, you'll find restrooms and a ranger station at the end of the 5.5 miles. This is a good place to stop for a break and a snack before you make the much easier journey back down the way you came. There are no water or doggie bags along this trail, so be sure to pack plenty of your own.The challenge of this hike is matched only by the incredible views it offers. If you and your dog are seeking a difficult trek in northeast Georgia, this is the trail for you!