Hiking Trail Guide

Hiking Trails in the Dahlonega Area

Lake Zwerner Trail (Dahlonega Reservoir)- 3.1 miles (LCP). Trail leaves parking lot going north
beside Hwy 19. After bridge across Yahoola Creek, turn into gravel parking for boat launch. Trail
proceeds north out of parking lot beside lakeshore. From here until briefly running alongside Hwy 52,
the trail is a wide dirt track following the shore and then climbing into the surrounding hills to drop back
to the lakeside after crossing Ward Creek on a concrete bridge. Trail finishes across the Zwerner Dam
back to the parking lot. Two moderately strenuous short climbs.
From Dahlonega Square- 1.2 miles. Take Main Street east to the intersection with Morrison Moore
Parkway (Hwy 52). Turn left to bottom of hill. Parking is gravel parking lot at end of dam.

Yahoola Creek Park- 1.5 miles (LCP). Series of short interconnecting trails in forest on east side of the
park. Begin trail at the historic Captain McDonald house. Trails split and converge in many places on the
hillside and behind the baseball fields.
From Dahlonega Square- 1.75 miles. Take Main Street east to intersection with Memorial Drive. Turn
right and go two blocks to intersection with Morrison Moore Parkway. Turn right. Take first left onto
Mechanicsville Street. After entering the park, take a left at bottom of hill and cross bridge. Park in gravel
lot behind baseball soccer field near Captain McDonald house.

Jake Mountain and Bull Mountain Trail System- 36 miles (USFS). These two trails form a complex
system of interconnecting trails within 4 square miles of the Chattahoochee NF. These trails are
multiuse: hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian. There are numerous opportunities for selecting a
new route by combining differing sections. The area is traversed by Jones Creek, a stream managed for
brown trout and by the headwaters of the Etowah River.
From Dahlonega Square- 11 miles to Jake Mountain Trailhead. Take Main Street west to Morrison Moore
Parkway (Hwy 52/9). Turn right and follow to the convergence of Hwy 52 and Hwy 9. Bear right onto
Hwy 52. After several miles, turn right onto Nimblewill Church Road at the old Grizzle’s Store. Turn right
into Jake Mountain Trailhead parking at sign.
From Dahlonega Square- 13 miles to Bull Mountain Trailhead. Follow directions to Jake Mountain
Trailhead. At Jake Mountain parking sign, stay straight on Nimblewill Church Road to Nimblewill Church.
Turn right onto Winding Stair Gap Road (FS 77). Turn left onto FS 83 which ends at the trailhead
parking.

Dockery Lake- .5 to 3.2 miles (USFS)
Lakeshore Trail- .5 miles. Easy trail goes around Dockery Lake. Lake is stocked with trout.
Dockery Lake Trail- 3.5 miles. Trail follows thickly forested stream valley until climbing up to the
Appalachian Trail 3.2 miles north of Woody Gap. Very scenic.
From Dahlonega Square- 13 miles. Take Main Street east to intersection with Morrison Moore Parkway.
Turn left and remain on Morrison Moore/Hwy 19/60 to Stonepile Gap. At the split in the road at the pile
of stones, take Hwy 60 straight ahead. Sign for Dockery Lake Recreation Area will be on the right side of
Hwy 60 a few miles south of Woody Gap.

Woody Gap- Variable (USFS). Woody Gap has a paved parking lot on both sides of the road. There is a
privy toilet on the east side. The hike to the west crosses FS 42 at Gooch Gap in 3.5 miles. At mile 1.5, the
top of Ramrock Mountain affords views south as far as the Atlanta skyline and Stone Mountain on clear
days. This is an easy section with one steep ascent of Ramrock Mountain. After Gooch Gap, the trail
climbs past the Gooch Gap Shelter and goes to the next road crossing at Cooper Gap in 4.8 miles. The
hike to the east is more strenuous. Initially climbing steeply to good view at Big Cedar Mountain in 1
mile. This section to Neels Gap is 11.3 miles with intersecting trails to Dockery Lake (at 3.2 miles),
Jarrard Gap Trail to Lake Winfield Scott (at 5.6 miles), Slaughter Creek Trail to Lake Winfield Scott (at
7.3 miles).
From Dahlonega Square- 14 miles. Take Main Street east to intersection with Morrison Moore Parkway.
Turn left and remain on Morrison Moore/Hwy 19/60 to Stonepile Gap. At the split in the road at the pile
of stones, take Hwy 60 straight ahead. Paved parking for Woody Gap on both sides of road is marked
with AT crossing signs.

Cooper Gap- Variable (USFS). Located above the Camp Merrill US Army Ranger Training facility, this
southbound section affords interesting views into the valley of the Ranger Camp and often training
exercises can be viewed while hiking. From Cooper Gap, the AT goes south for 7.9 miles to Three Forks.
This section is especially scenic, paralleling the Ranger Camp valley, then past the Hawk Mountain
Shelter and descending to Longs Falls and Three Forks (see Three Forks description below). For the
section description to the north, see the Woody Gap description above.
From the Dahlonega Square- 15 miles. Take Main Street east to the first traffic light and turn left on
Grove Street. After passing Lumpkin County High School, turn left on Camp Wahsega Road. At the
entrance to the Ranger Camp at concrete barricades, turn right on Coopers Gap Road. At intersection at
top of mountain, parking is in several dirt parking areas.

Three Forks- Variable (USFS). Three Forks is one of the scenic highlights of the AT in Georgia. The AT
crosses Noontootla Creek on the west side of the road on a rustic footbridge at the parking area. Taking
the trail to the east and north, the trail follows Long Creek and in 1 mile, a blue blazed trail leads a few
hundred yards to Long Creek Falls, especially scenic. Hawk Mountain Shelter is 3.6 miles and Hightower
Gap at the intersection of FS 42 and Rock Creek Road.
From Dahlonega Square- 21 miles. Take Main Street west to Morrison Moore Parkway (Hwy 52/9). Turn
right and follow to the convergence of Hwy 52 and Hwy 9. Bear right onto Hwy 52. After several miles,
turn right onto Nimblewill Church Road at the old Grizzle’s Store. At Nimblewill Church, turn right onto
Winding Stair Gap Road (FS 77). This is a Forest Service road and may be rough in spots especially near
the top of the mountain. Any vehicle that can be driven on dirt roads should have no problems. (See the
Springer Mountain description below for a much longer alternate route on less Forest Service roads.) At
the top of the mountain at the junction with FS 42, go straight ahead and down the north side of the
mountain on FS 58. The parking for Three Forks is on dirt areas at the crossing of the AT.

Springer Mountain- Variable (USFS). The southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail is located on
Springer Mountain. There are two plaques and a register and the first (or last) white blaze seen by AT
hikers. From the parking lot, go south for .9 miles to the top of Springer. Along the way, pass the side
trail to the Springer Mountain Shelter and the junction with the beginning of the Benton MacKaye Trail.
From the parking lot north to Three Forks at 4.1 miles, pass the Stover Creek Shelter and hike through a
stand of very old hemlocks, an amazing sight considering the hemlock wooly adelgid that is wiping these
stately trees out in the eastern US. The Benton MacKaye and the AT form a figure 8 in this area affording
several loop routes of varying lengths.
From Dahlonega Square- 21 miles. Take Main Street west to Morrison Moore Parkway (Hwy 52/9). Turn
right and follow to the convergence of Hwy 52 and Hwy 9. Bear right onto Hwy 52. After several miles,
turn right onto Nimblewill Church Road at the old Grizzle’s Store. At Nimblewill Church, turn right onto
Winding Stair Gap Road (FS 77). This is a Forest Service road and may be rough in spots especially near
the top of the mountain. Any vehicle that can be driven on dirt roads should have no problems. At the
top of the mountain, turn left onto FS 42. Turn right into the Springer Mountain parking area, a gravel
parking lot with a kiosk. The alternate route utilizing less Forest Service roads (52 miles): Go west on
Hwy 52 from Dahlonega toward Ellijay. At Chevron station, turn right onto Roy Road. Roy Road merges
onto Doublehead Gap Road. Continue on to right turn onto Forest Service 42. It is 6 miles to the Springer
Mountain parking lot.

Neels Gap- Variable (USFS). The parking for hikers is 200 yds past the AT crossing at Mountain
Crossings Store. Pass the store, parking is on the left at the Byron Herbert Reece Memorial parking area.
From here, if traveling west, take the Byron Herbert Reece Memorial Trail for .7 miles to intersect with
the AT and Freeman Trail. It is another 1.5 miles to the top of Blood Mountain (and 1,040 feet of
elevation). Blood Mountain is the highest point on the AT in Georgia and the second highest peak in
Georgia. On top is a stone hiker shelter build by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934. From here, the
AT travels down the south side of the mountain and intersects the other side of the Freeman Trail and
the Slaughter Gap Trail. From Neels Gap to Woody Gap, the next paved road and parking is 11.3 miles,
but intersects with the Slaughter Gap Trail, Jarrard Gap Trail, and Dockery Lake Trail. To the north, the
AT passes through a stone archway at the Mountain Crossings store and hiker hostel (the only place on
the entire AT that goes through a building) then climbs steeply until reaching Tesnatee Gap in 5.7 miles.
There is a dirt parking area here on the Richard Russell Parkway.
From Dahlonega Square- 22 miles. Take Main Street east to intersection with Morrison Moore Parkway.
Turn left and remain on Morrison Moore/Hwy 19/60 to Stonepile Gap. At the split in the road at the pile
of stones, take Hwy 19 to the right. At the intersection at Turners Corner Restaurant, turn left remaining
on Hwy 19. After passing the AT and Mountain Crossings store, parking is 200 yds on the left at Byron
Herbert Reece Memorial parking lot.

DeSoto Falls Trail- 1 mile (USFS). From the paved parking lot, a trail goes .25 miles downstream to
Lower Falls and .75 miles upstream to Upper Falls. The total drop of all falls is 480 feet. The Recreation
Area includes a toilet, campground, and paved parking.
From Dahlonega Square- 18 miles. Take Main Street east to intersection with Morrison Moore Parkway.
Turn left and remain on Morrison Moore/Hwy 19/60 to Stonepile Gap. At the split in the road at the pile
of stones, take Hwy 19 to the right. At the intersection at Turners Corner Restaurant, turn left remaining
on Hwy 19. The DeSoto Falls Recreation Area is located on the left of Hwy 19 and is marked by a Forest
Service sign.

Logan Turnpike Trail- 1.9 miles (USFS). The Logan Turnpike Trail follows the historic Logan
Turnpike, the first road to run south from Union County. It was operated by Major Francis Logan who
built a home and tollgate at the lower trailhead. The first mile of the trail is very scenic and follows Town
Creek to its headwaters. The second mile climbs steeply to the AT at Tesnatee Gap. Parking is on a dirt
road and dirt parking area. A dirt parking area is located at the north end of the trail at Tesnatee Gap on
the AT.
From Dahlonega Square- 19 miles. Take Main Street east to intersection with Morrison Moore Parkway.
Turn left and remain on Morrison Moore/Hwy 19/60 to Stonepile Gap. At the split in the road at the pile
of stones, take Hwy 19 to the right. At the intersection at Turners Corner Restaurant, turn right on Hwy
129. Turn left onto Kellum Valley Road. After the Kellum Valley Road becomes dirt at approximately 1.2
miles, proceed straight ahead another 0.9 mile to where the road splits just before the “Toll Gate” house
on the right. Continue on the narrow dirt lane past the house to the dirt parking area at the end of the
road.

Amicalola Falls State Park- 5 miles to 8.7 miles (GASP). Amicalola Falls is the highest waterfall east of
the Mississippi River, is a popular beginning or end for AT hikers as the southern terminus of the
Approach Trail that connects the park and public transportation with the AT, and is home to the Len
Foote Hike Inn, Georgia’s only backcountry lodge. An Appalachian Trail display at the park Visitor’s
Center includes equipment carried by Gene Espy, the second person to thru hike the AT in 1951 and a
Georgia native. Hiking opportunities include the staircase trail which ascends the 729 foot waterfall.
Approach Trail- 8.7 miles (GASP and USFS). The Approach Trail connects Amicalola Falls State Park
with the southern terminus of the AT on Springer Mountain. The trail climbs about 2,000 feet to
Springer Mountain.
Len Foote Hike Inn Trail- 5 miles (GASP). This trail leads from the lodge at Amicalola Falls State Park
to the Len Foote Hike Inn then 1 mile on to join the Approach Trail. A loop can be followed by turning
left on the Approach Trail for 4.3 miles back to the parking lot.
From Dahlonega Square- 19 miles. Take Main Street west to Morrison Moore Parkway (Hwy 52/9). Turn
right and follow to the convergence of Hwy 52 and Hwy 9. Bear right onto Hwy 52. After several miles,
turn right into Amicalola Falls State Park entrance. There is a fee for entry. The Visitor’s Center is located at the bottom of the falls and parking for the Approach Trail and Len Foote Hike Inn are at the top of the falls.

Benton MacKaye Trail- Variable (USFS). The Benton MacKaye Trail, named for the Massachusetts
forester who conceived the idea of the Appalachian Trail. The trail begins on Springer Mountain and
ends in the Smoky Mountain National Park, a distance of nearly 300 miles. The BMT intersects several
other trails and affords many varying routes and loops.
Springer Mountain- 6.2 miles (USFS). The BMT begins at Springer Mountain and goes 6.2 miles to
Three Forks. Between these two points, the two trails cross each other twice affording three loops and
combinations of routes to vary distance or scenery. Both trails are relatively easy in this section and the
scenery is notable. From the Springer Mountain parking lot, go south .7 miles on the AT to the terminus
of the BMT.
From Dahlonega Square- 21 miles. Take Main Street west to Morrison Moore Parkway (Hwy 52/9). Turn
right and follow to the convergence of Hwy 52 and Hwy 9. Bear right onto Hwy 52. After several miles,
turn right onto Nimblewill Church Road at the old Grizzle’s Store. At Nimblewill Church, turn right onto
Winding Stair Gap Road (FS 77). This is a Forest Service road and may be rough in spots especially near
the top of the mountain. Any vehicle that can be driven on dirt roads should have no problems. At the
top of the mountain, turn left onto FS 42. Turn right into the Springer Mountain parking area, a gravel
parking lot with a kiosk. The alternate route utilizing less Forest Service roads (52 miles): Go west on
Hwy 52 from Dahlonega toward Ellijay. At Chevron station, turn right onto Roy Road. Roy Road merges
onto Doublehead Gap Road. Continue on to right turn onto Forest Service 42. It is 6 miles to the Springer
Mountain parking lot.

Three Forks- Variable (USFS). To the south, the BMT goes 6.2 miles to its terminus on Springer
Mountain. To the north, the trail first follows Long Creek, passing Long Creek Falls, a notable local
waterfall, and proceeds 12.2 miles to Hwy 60. This section is isolated, but affords excellent views and
interesting forest. 3.6 miles from the north end, the trail crosses the Toccoa River on a 260 foot
suspension bridge. Here the Toccoa affords a section of Class II-III rapids.
From Dahlonega Square- 21 miles. Take Main Street west to Morrison Moore Parkway (Hwy 52/9). Turn
right and follow to the convergence of Hwy 52 and Hwy 9. Bear right onto Hwy 52. After several miles,
turn right onto Nimblewill Church Road at the old Grizzle’s Store. At Nimblewill Church, turn right onto
Winding Stair Gap Road (FS 77). This is a Forest Service road and may be rough in spots especially near
the top of the mountain. Any vehicle that can be driven on dirt roads should have no problems. (See the
Springer Mountain description above for a much longer alternate route on less Forest Service roads.) At
the top of the mountain at the junction with FS 42, go straight ahead and down the north side of the
mountain on FS 58. The parking for Three Forks is on dirt areas at the crossing of the AT/BMT.
Hwy 60/Little Skeenah Creek- Variable (USFS). From the Hwy 60 parking area, the BMT goes south
3.6 miles to the Toccoa River suspension bridge and then on to Three Forks for a total of 12.2 miles. See
Three Forks section for description. To the north, the trail goes 5.7 miles to Skeenah Gap Road parking.
This section has some very steep sections, both uphill and down.
From Dahlonega Square- 30 miles. Take Main Street east to intersection with Morrison Moore Parkway.
Turn left and remain on Morrison Moore/Hwy 19/60 to Stonepile Gap. At the split in the road at the pile
of stones, take Hwy 60 straight ahead. Go through Suches several miles and .3 miles past a country store,
a dirt parking area is on the right.

Lake Winfield Scott- Variable (USFS). Lake Winfield Scott, named for US General Winfield Scott of the
War of 1812 and Mexican American War. The lake was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and
completed in 1942.
Lake Winfield Scott Trail- .4 miles (USFS). Easy trail follows lake shore.
Jarrard Gap Trail- 1.2 miles (USFS). Trail runs from the lake parking area to Jarrard Gap on the AT.
Combined with the AT and the Slaughter Creek Trail, a 6 mile loop can be hiked from the lake. Combined
with the AT and Dockery Lake Trail, a very scenic hike of 7.4 miles can be accomplished with a vehicle
shuttle.

Slaughter Creek Trail- 2.7 miles (USFS). Trail climbs 1,000 feet to Slaughter Gap on the AT, 1.4 miles
from Blood Mountain summit. Scenic path follows Slaughter most of the way to the gap. Can be
combined with AT and Jarrard Gap Trail for a 6 mile loop.
From Dahlonega Square- 21 miles. Take Main Street east to intersection with Morrison Moore Parkway.
Turn left and remain on Morrison Moore/Hwy 19/60 to Stonepile Gap. At the split in the road at the pile
of stones, take Hwy 60 straight ahead. In Suches, turn right on Hwy 180. Lake Winfield Scott is on the
right at the bridge over Cooper Creek and the dam for the lake.

Smithgall Woods- Dukes Creek Conservation Area- Variable (GASP). This area is managed for
trophy trout and was heavily mined for gold in the past. Remnants of the mining can be seen on the trails
through the park. The paved road through the park is for park vehicles only and access to most hiking is
by walking on the paved road to the trailheads.

Laural Ridge Trail- 1.6 miles (GASP). This loop trail starts at the Visitor Center parking lot and
ascends Laurel Ridge through oak forest.

Wetland Loop Trail- .5 miles + 1.2 mile hike to trailhead (GASP). Trail explores a wetland originally
created by a beaverdam on Dukes Creek.

Ash Creek Trail- 1.5 miles + 1.3 mile hike to trailhead (GASP). Loop trail crosses Ash Creek and
Dukes Creek.

Martin’s Mine Trail- 1 mile + 2 mile hike to trailhead (GASP). This loop trail features gold mine relics
and mine shafts from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Cathy Ellis Trail- .5 mile + 2.5 mile hike to trailhead (GASP). This one way trail traverses a mountain
slope, crosses Dukes Creek, and ends at a cascade on Alabama Branch.
From Dahlonega Square- 22 miles. Take Main Street east to intersection with Morrison Moore Parkway.
Turn left and remain on Morrison Moore/Hwy 19/60 to Stonepile Gap. At the split in the road at the pile
of stones, take Hwy 19 to the right. At the intersection at Turners Corner Restaurant, turn right on Hwy
129. After several miles, turn left onto Alt Hwy 75. Smithgall Woods is on the right of Alt Hwy 75.
Byron Herbert Reece Memorial Trail- .7 miles (USFS). This trail begins in the Byron Herbert Reece
Memorial parking lot and is a connector to the AT from the parking lot off of Hwy 19 just past Neels Gap.
The trail is very steep and joins the AT and the Freeman Trail at its southern end.
From the Dahlonega Square- 22 miles. Take Main Street east to intersection with Morrison Moore
Parkway. Turn left and remain on Morrison Moore/Hwy 19/60 to Stonepile Gap. At the split in the road
at the pile of stones, take Hwy 19 to the right. At the intersection at Turners Corner Restaurant, turn left
remaining on Hwy 19. After passing the AT and Mountain Crossings store, parking is 200 yds on the left
at Byron Herbert Reece Memorial parking lot.

Freeman Trail- 1.8 miles (USFS). The Freeman Trail runs from the AT on the north side of Blood
Mountain to the AT on the southern side of Blood Mountain at Bird Gap. It is essentially level passing
over several scenic rocky streambeds. Makes a convenient 6.2 mile loop when combined with the Byron
Reece Trail, AT over Blood Mountain, and the Freeman Trail back to the BR Trail.
From the Dahlonega Square- 22 miles. Take Main Street east to intersection with Morrison Moore
Parkway. Turn left and remain on Morrison Moore/Hwy 19/60 to Stonepile Gap. At the split in the road
at the pile of stones, take Hwy 19 to the right. At the intersection at Turners Corner Restaurant, turn left
remaining on Hwy 19. After passing the AT and Mountain Crossings store, parking is 200 yds on the left
at Byron Herbert Reece Memorial parking lot.

Duncan Ridge Trail- 35.5 miles (USFS). The Duncan Ridge Trail is considered by some to be one of the
most difficult east of the Mississippi. I includes near vertical rock scrambles and long climbs. Because of
this, it also affords a true wilderness experience with few human encounters. The trail terminates at the
Benton MacKaye Trail on the west and at Blood Mountain at the AT on the east. The trail sometimes runs
concurrently with the BMT and with the Coosa Backcountry Trail.
From the Dahlonega Square- 22 miles or 30 miles. The trailheads for this trail are the same as for the
Benton MacKaye Trail at Hwy 60/Little Skeenah Creek on the west and the Appalachian Trail at Neels
Gap on the east. See directions for these trailsheads above.

Vogel State Park- Variable (GASP). Vogel State Park is one of two of the first Georgia State Parks in
1931and was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It includes a 233 acre lake, a Civilian Conservation
Corps Museum, and 4 hiking trails.

Byron Herbert Reece Nature Trail- .8 miles (GASP). Trail loop starts at the Backcountry Trailhead
near the campground.

Trahlyta Lake Loop Trail- 1 mile (GASP). This trail is a loop around the 233 acre lake with a an
observation deck below the dam’s spillway. Affords great views of the summit of Blood Mountain and
Slaughter Mountain.

Bear Hair Gap Trail- 4.1 miles (GASP/USFS). Access to this trail is from the Backcountry Trailhead
and ends on the south side on the Coosa Backcountry Trail. The trail climbs above the park and affords
long-distance vistas and a Vogel Overlook spur.

Coosa Backcountry Trail- 12.9 miles (GASP/USFS). This trail is a loop trail that shares some tread
with the Duncan Ridge Trail. It ascends and descends over a mile in elevation over its length. It is
recommended that this loop be hiked over at least two days and has campsites.
From Dahlonega Square- 24 miles. Take Main Street east to intersection with Morrison Moore Parkway.
Turn left and remain on Morrison Moore/Hwy 19/60 to Stonepile Gap. At the split in the road at the pile
of stones, take Hwy 19 to the right. At the intersection at Turners Corner Restaurant, turn left remaining
on Hwy 19. After passing the AT and Mountain Crossings store, the left turn into Vogel State Park is a
few more miles just before the intersection with Hwy 180.

Dukes Creek Falls Trail- 1.25 miles (USFS). Trail descends from parking lot with toilets to observation
decks at the foot of the 150 foot falls. The area is in a narrow canyon vegetated with large trees.
From Dahlonega Square- 24 miles. Take Main Street east to intersection with Morrison Moore Parkway.
Turn left and remain on Morrison Moore/Hwy 19/60 to Stonepile Gap. At the split in the road at the pile
of stones, take Hwy 19 to the right. At the intersection at Turners Corner Restaurant, turn right on Hwy
129. After several miles, turn left onto Alt Hwy 75. Across from Smithgall Woods, turn left on Hwy 348,
the Richard B Russell Scenic Highway. After a few miles, the paved parking area is on the left.

Raven Cliffs Falls- 2.5 miles (USFS). This trail is very popular due to its mild gradient and the
magnificence of the falls themselves. Raven Cliff Falls totals 100 feet in three drops. The trail follows
Dodd Creek from the parking lot to the falls.
From Dahlonega Square- 25 miles. Take Main Street east to intersection with Morrison Moore Parkway.
Turn left and remain on Morrison Moore/Hwy 19/60 to Stonepile Gap. At the split in the road at the pile
of stones, take Hwy 19 to the right. At the intersection at Turners Corner Restaurant, turn right on Hwy
129. After several miles, turn left onto Alt Hwy 75. Across from Smithgall Woods, turn left on Hwy 348,
the Richard B Russell Scenic Highway. About a mile past the Dukes Creek Falls Trail parking lot, the
parking for Raven Cliffs is on the left.

Helton Creek Falls- .2 miles (USFS). This short trail leads to the double drops of Upper and Lower
Helton Creek Falls, 40 and 50 feet high.
From Dahlonega Square- 25 miles. Take Main Street east to intersection with Morrison Moore Parkway.
Turn left and remain on Morrison Moore/Hwy 19/60 to Stonepile Gap. At the split in the road at the pile
of stones, take Hwy 19 to the right. At the intersection at Turners Corner Restaurant, turn left remaining
on Hwy 19. After passing the AT and Mountain Crossings store, turn right onto Helton Creek Road and
go 2.2 miles to the parking area.

Sosebee Cove Scenic Area- .3 miles (USFS). This special cove is dedicated to Ranger Woody who was a
USFS Ranger and helped secure the area. It is a north facing cove and as such harbors flora and fauna
unlike other local areas. This trail is a haven for those interested in wildflowers and birds.
From Dahlonega Square- 25 miles. Take Main Street east to intersection with Morrison Moore Parkway.
Turn left and remain on Morrison Moore/Hwy 19/60 to Stonepile Gap. At the split in the road at the pile
of stones, take Hwy 19 to the right. At the intersection at Turners Corner Restaurant, turn left remaining
on Hwy 19. After passing the AT and Mountain Crossings store and then Vogel State Park, turn left on
Hwy 180. Parking for Sosebee Cove Scenic Area is 2 miles on the right.

Cooper Creek Recreation Area- Variable (USFS). These trails all start in or near the Cooper Creek
Campground. They are all interconnected and offer choices of loops and alternate routes. The Cooper
Creek area is very scenic and traversed by Cooper Creek and Mulky Creek.
Connector Trail- 0.4 miles
Shope Gap Trail- 0.6 miles
Mill Shoals Trail- 0.9 miles
Cooper Creek Trail- 1.7 miles
Yellow Mtn. Trail- 3.2 miles
From Dahlonega Square- 32 miles. Take Main Street east to intersection with Morrison Moore Parkway.
Turn left and remain on Morrison Moore/Hwy 19/60 to Stonepile Gap. At the split in the road at the pile
of stones, take Hwy 60 straight ahead. Go through Suches several miles and turn right on FS 4.
Campground and trailhead are 6 miles.