A couple of suggestions would be The Cohutta Wilderness, 23 miles. 40,000 acre wilderness area, second largest in the US abounds with trails easily found on Google. Second option, Fort Mountain State Park, 21 miles.
There is also the Disney Trail that goes up Rocky Face Mountain there at Dalton although it is one of the most challenging trail in Northwest Georgia. I have never done it although would love to just be able to walk across the street anymore. One cannot do what one once did. I am not an invalid by any means. I just have two store bought hips and two worn out knees. If I get them fixed, who knows, I may run up to the top of Rocky Face Mountain.Edited: 26 September 2015, 09:34
I was going to mention Chickamauga Battlefield.
You can walk for miles. It's fairly level.
I used to bring my kids there when they were young. Lots of statues, etc... to explore. One thing I ?(and they liked) was to pick out a military unit and follow its movement over the 3 day battle.
There are plaques all over the park that show what units engaged on that spot. General's, time, # of men killed, wounded or missing, number of cannon or horses lost. And then the direction they moved after the engagement. We'd basically pick one and follow it's movements.
the disney trail is well maintained. fort mountain is not but 15 miles to the east. lots of nearby spots and the chickamauga battlefield is a great park to hike or bike. enjoy your trip
I have completed this hike with my 11, 8, and 5 year olds, but it depends on the activity level of the kids. It is a steep hike. I wouldn't suggest small children, unless they are avid hikers. Best of luck!
I have taken my children (ages 11, 8, and 5) hiking in different places around Dalton. We visit twice a year to see relatives and have been hiking for years. We have hiked Disney, Fort Mountain, and Mount Rachel, and walked Prater's Mill and New Echota. Chickamauga Battlefield is an informative a large place to visit. My kids love walking through Rock City. All of these are within a quick drive.
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Given that you are offering advice to people who were asking about a trip years ago, they may have done the same.