GIPL is committed to engaging communities of faith in the stewardship of Creation. Through spending time in nature, individuals and congregations develop a sense of responsibility to protect and sustain our natural resources. Plan a hike with GIPL to help your congregation get outside and explore the environments our state has to offer. The cost for a hiking outing with GIPL is $200 dollars. 

Three hike options:

  • Sweetwater Creek State Park. Located in Lithia Springs, GA only 15 miles from Downtown Atlanta. A wooded trail follows the stream past the ruins of an old mill and along the creek’s edge, offering opportunities to wade in the water and view the rapids. Additional trails climb through forests and fields offering a more secluded nature experience. The well-maintained trails in this park are ideal for novice hikers. Trail lengths range from 2-5 miles.
  • The Sawnee Mountain Indian Seats trail, located 40 miles north of Atlanta, offers beautiful long-range views of the North Georgia mountains. This 4 mile, relatively moderate trail, winds up a series of switchbacks through forests to an outstanding overlook. The trail is ideal for both beginner and avid hikers.
  • Hike the Bryon Reece Trail and Appalachian trail to the summit of Blood Mountain. At 4,459 feet, the mountain is the Appalachian Trail’s highest-elevation ascent in Georgia with stunning views of the Georgia mountains. This 4.3 mile round trip hike is more difficult, with significant elevation gain up a series of switchbacks. This trail is ideal for advanced hikers. 

GIPL staff can also plan a customized hike for your group if you have a specific location you’d like to hike. For each hike, GIPL staff will plan the logistics and lead the hike on the trail. Participants should bring their own water, snacks, and lunch. During lunch on the trail, GIPL staff will lead an educational session about creation care from your faith tradition. 

If you are interested in scheduling a hike for your faith community, reach out to Program Associate, Hannah Shultz, at