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Coosa Backcountry

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Trail

12.7 mile 20.4 kilometer loop
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,326' 1,014 m
Descent: -3,311' -1,009 m
High: 4,139' 1,261 m
Low: 2,023' 617 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 67% (34°)

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Trail shared by Jason Doedderlein

A gorgeous singletrack stretch of southern Appalachia with plenty of elevation gain.

Jason Doedderlein

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Overview

Coosa Backcountry Trail runs through rugged northern Georgia, northwest of Atlanta. It starts in Vogel State Park and then passes through Chattahoochee National Forest and Blood Mountain Wilderness Area. Many trail races and ultras include portions of this trail, including the GA Death Race.

The singletrack trail passes through prototypical southern Appalachian forest and gives the hiker some serious, and steep, inclines.

Need to Know

This hike starts in Vogel State park, which has an entrance fee.

Description

You begin your adventure by heading to Vogel State Park. Head to the visitor center, where a required permit and map can be obtained (which can be helpful due to other intersecting trails), and begin to follow the green blazes. Near cabin number 7, there will be a sign guiding you to the right and to the trailhead.

The trailhead is the beginning of both the Coosa Backcountry Trail as well as Big Hair Trail. This trail follows the creek until it hits a dirt road. You can head right or left. This description will cover heading right (counter-clockwise).

Shortly after heading right on the dirt road, the green-blazed Coosa Backcountry Trail bears right while the Bear Hair Trail splits to the left.

The Coosa climbs to GA 180 (Wolf Pen Gap Rd). Cross 180 and begin to descend to W Wolf Creek where there is a small camp area.

Past the creek, another climb follows before leveling out and heading to Calf Stomp Rd.

Cross the road and climb toward the namesake of the trail, Coosa Bald, which will be on your right.

For a time, Duncan Ridge Trail joins in the merriment.

There are some additional steep descents and ascents and a short stint on another dirt road, and you are only now getting to the midway point of this hike.

The steepest climb comes after crossing GA 180 for a second time, as you head up the warmly named "Slaughter Mountain".

After the climb, continue to follow the green blazes and the Coosa Backcountry Trail until you rejoin with the Bear Hair Trail again, which will take you back to the trailhead with exhausted thighs and soaring spirits.

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Jul 13, 2019
Amy Palmer
Jun 23, 2019
Amy Palmer
13mi
Jun 19, 2019
Justin Stockman
Fun hike. Beautiful little waterfall
Feb 9, 2019
Margot Vermeer
Great walk
Jan 26, 2019
Jim D
Aug 9, 2018
Savannah Miller
Jul 2, 2018
Sarah Petty
Followed the trail counter clockwise and got my tail kicked. A couple of sections of steady incline mixed with long stretches of flat trail. 12.9mi
Jan 1, 2018
Hilda Mills

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  4.1 from 17 votes

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