Atlanta can be a backpacking destination if you’re willing to make the drive. The Chattahoochee National Forest and Blue Ridge Mountains are only 80 miles from downtown, and along the relatively nearby Appalachian Trail, you’ll find plenty of primitive camping spots and shelters.
Blood Mountain is an easy spot to camp on the mountain either off the trail or in the shelter. The 2-mile hike to the summit is steep, and leads you up a memorable rock staircase. Throughout the hike you’ll see spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
A drive up I-75 will take you to Fort Mountain State Park, which is a great area to try out camping overnight. There are four primitive campsites along the Gahuti Backcountry trail that give the illusion that you are in the Appalachians or Blue Ridge Mountains.
Another destination for seasoned hikers or backpackers is the Cohutta Wilderness, since there are more than 95 miles of trails Jacks River Falls is the perfect escape to log long trail miles and a few summer campouts.