Best North Georgia Mountain Hikes: Mount Yonah Trail

Back in January, we started our series of posts entitled, “Best North Georgia Mountain Hikes,” with Smith Creek Trail as our first entry. With spring on its way, it’s time to start making your hiking plans with wildflowers and lush green landscapes in mind. Mount Yonah Trail is known for its beautiful meadows of wildflowers and it’s gorgeous mountaintop views. So let’s take a look at what this trail has to offer! Location This trail starts out of Cleveland, GA, about 15 minutes from our inn in Sautee Nacoochee. It’s a 4.2 out-and-back trail that is rated as difficult with ~1500 ft elevation gain. … Continue reading

Spring Wildflowers Abloom In North Georgia Mountains

Spring is poking its sweet head up all around Lucille’s Mountaintop Inn & Spa! It’s the beginning of wildflower season and that means you’ll find pops of color across the hills and along paths in the forests. So, pack your bags, book a stay and come enjoy this lovely season in the mountains. Just outside of Helen is Anna Ruby Falls. Take a walk on the paved trail there to spot spring ephemerals—violets, trilliums, Jack in the Pulpit, bloodroot, and others. There is also an abundance of flowering shrubs this time of year. The short hike leads to the falls, … Continue reading

See Mountain Wildflowers in Bloom this Spring in North Georgia

Spring is here and over the next several months the native wildflowers of the Blue Ridge Mountains will be blooming along the trails and streams of North Georgia, producing a spectrum of vivid colors against a lush green background.  The warm, sunny days of early to mid Spring are a great time to hike the mountain trails of Unicoi State Park or one of the many trails in the Chattahoochee National Forrest to observe this wonderful show of nature.    While autumn is a favorite time of year for many people to visit the mountains, with its blaze of orange and yellow splashed across distant peaks, others prefer observing the beauty of Spring up close along wooded mountain trails.  Even if you are a beginning hiker and … Continue reading