1. If it says it's gonna be cold, believe 'em. Weather reporting has gotten much better over the years.
2. If it says it's gonna stop raining by 11 don't buy it. Apparently what I just mentioned in number one isn't all that accurate.
3. Pack some type of food in your pack. It sucks to be in the woods with major hunger pains and no food for miles.
4. If random creepers on the trail hang back until you start hiking, wait them out until some friendly people get on the trail. It's no good to lose your life on the trail.
5. Just because your "hiking" shoes were created for trail running doesn't mean they are any good for hiking up mountains; even the little ones we have here in Georgia.
6. Wear layers. You get hot hiking, but once you stop the sweat will make you chilly; especially in winter.
7. Drink the water that you spent time putting in to your camel pack. It's pointless to hike in and out with every drop of it.
8. Hike with dogs, unless your dog is no longer living with you. In this case find a log, tie a string around it, and pull it behind you during your hike. It's sort of like the same thing only you don't have to clean up after it.
9. If it's raining and foggy in the woods chances are good that the views won't be very pretty.
10. Enjoy the day! It takes 1 1/2 hours to get to the mountains from Atlanta. Suck up all that goodness while you can.