Ellijay Hiking Trails
Fort Mountain State Park offers scenic trails and views. Fort Mountain derives its name from an ancient 855-foot-long rock wall which stands on the highest point of the mountain. The mysterious wall is thought to have been built by Indians as fortification against other more hostile Indians or for ancient ceremonies. Situated in the Chattahoochee National Forest close to the Cohutta Wilderness area, this park offers a variety of outdoor activities. Hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders will find some of the most beautiful trails in northern Georgia. Most wind through hardwood forest and blueberry thickets, occasionally crossing streams and providing spectacular vistas. During the summer, children will enjoy the sand beach located on a clear mountain lake, as well as miniature golf and pedal boat rental.
Amicalola Falls State Park- Amicalola Falls is a Cherokee word meaning tumbling waters. Several trails lead to mountain or waterfall views. The access trail to the Appalachian Trail begins at the state park.
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Trail features the second largest tree in North Georgia, the Gennett Poplar which is about a mile from the trailhead. Total trail is a 6 mile loop but you can hike to the Gennett Poplar and back in 2 miles.
Drive on 5 miles on GA 52 west from downtown Ellijay. Turn right onto Gates Chapel Road and go about 5 miles to Forest Service Road 241. Turn right for 2 miles to a small parking lot. There is a loop access trail from this lot.
A .8 mile trail that leads to Gold Mine Creek Falls , cascades on Gold Mine Creek.
Follow GA 52 west from downtown Ellijay for a scenic drive to Fort Mountain state Park 22 miles.
Popular 1.3 mile Trail loop at the top of Fort Mountain leads to the ancient rock wall and lookout tower
South Fork Trail located in the Cohutta Wilderness is 2.6 miles long and a good mountain trek for hiking and mountain biking. Wildlife abounds on this trail and trout can be seen as you ford Jacks River. This trail merges for a short time with the Benton McKaye hiking trail that also traverses parts of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Bear Creek Trail - Length: 6.7 miles Degree of Difficulty: This is an easy to moderate trail that is a double loop trail that follows scenic Bear Creek through hemlock cove hardwood forests and passes by the Gennett Poplar. This is an immense old growth yellow poplar tree. The 2-mile round trip to the Big Poplar makes a great family outing. Sections of the trail are narrow, steep and the path crosses several streams. This trail is good for hiking and mountain bikes. Shallow streams to ford are part of your experience.
Grassy Mountain Tower Trail - Length: 2 miles Grassy Mountain Tower Trail stretches from the dam on Lake Conasauga to the old fire tower atop Grassy Mountain. This trail makes an easy ascent up the mountain. Starting from the dam on tiny (17 acres) Lake Conasauga in the Cohutta Wilderness, this trail almost immediately joins its companion hike, the Songbird Trail, and almost immediately bears slightly to the right. Past a beaver dam on the left the trail continues on an uphill path to the top of Grassy Mountain. The trail, which is well worn by the campers, features abundant wildlife and a good spring flower show in late May.
Carters Lake Amadahy Trail a 3.5 mile loop with great views of Carters Lake and the largest earthen dam east of the Mississippi. Be aware this is a multi-use trail and is also used by mountain bikers. To reach this trailhead take Hwy 282/76 west of Ellijay about 17 miles to the Woodring Branch Recreation Area sign on the left. Turn here and follow this road to the signed trailhead and parking.
Carters Lake Tumbling Waters Nature Trail - This is a very easy 1.2 mile round trip hike featuring a narrow upper cove of Carters Lake, and the tumbling waters of Tails Creek. After a short stroll near the shore and through the woods, the trail splits left to a tall bridge over Tails Creek at one half mile. The bridge looks way down upon the cascades of the creek as it enters the lake. Continue across the bridge, follow the trail right for a quarter mile, to a deck near the creekside. Side trails lead along the cascading creek here. Backtrack across the bridge and turn left, hiking another quarter mile, to another deck with a higher perspective of the cascades. Follow the trail back to the beginning trailhead. Directions to the trailhead from Ellijay: take Hwy 76/282 west about ten miles to the Ridgeway Public Use sign at street on left. Follow this road to the right turn for the boat ramp. Keep going towards the boat ramp, the trailhead is well signed on the right.
Carters Lake Talking Rock Trail - a fairly easy to moderate hike with 2.6 miles roundtrip. The trail meanders through the woods near the dams of Carters Lake. The trail passes a small pond, its branch upstream, over a short ridge, to a small loop at trail's end to reverse course back to the beginning trailhead. Along the way are many signs with information regarding the surrounding nature. Nearby is the Lake's Visitors Center with exhibits, information, short nature trail, and overlooks of the lake. Directions to trailhead from Ellijay: take Old Hwy 5 4.3 miles south, turn right onto Hwy 382, follow this road 10 miles until its end at Hwy 136. Turn right, go 3.2 miles to turn right at Carters Lake Dam Visitors Center. The trailhead is on the left, on the road leading to Northbank Park.
A 1.3 mile loop trail that features views of Carters Lake, Indian trail trees From Ellijay, take U.S Highway 76 west to mile marker 6 Turn left on Woodring Branch Road and continue south. At the Y, bear right and continue down this road (still Woodring Branch Road). The first parking lot after the camping circle is the closest to the trailhead, marked by a large overhead sign on the right-hand side of the road.
Green Mountain Trail located along the shores of Lake Blue Ridge is an easy 3.3 mile hike overlooking Lake Blue Ridge and even at times follows arts of the Lake Blue Ridge shoreline. This year round hiking trail showcases the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains in every season. A United States Forest Service maintained parking area off Aska Road is the trailhead.
Lake Blue Ridge Trail is a good trail to enjoy the view of Lake Blue Ridge. This easy 0.6 mile trail is perfect for families and young children. This trail is a fairly flat loop that begins by following the shoreline of Lake Blue Ridge. This trail begins in Fannin County just off Dry Branch road in the Blue Ridge Recreation Area.
Eyes on Wildlife Trail is 1.3 miles of easy trail and located near Coopers Creek. This trail features pristine mountain streams, heavy forests, mountain ridges, wildlife and North Georgia Mountains vegetation. The trail head is located .5 mile south of Coopers Creek Campground in Blue Ridge Georgia.
Sosebee Cove Scenic Area - 175 acre tract of prize hardwoods set aside as a memorial to Arthur Woody, the "Barefoot Ranger," who served as US Forest Ranger form 1911 to 1945..5 mile trail. Drive US Highway 19/129 south of Blairsville for 10 miles. Turn west onto Georgia Highway 180 for two miles.