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Pine Mountain Trail - West and East

 4.3 (15)

Hike one or both trails with parking at each end, and a beautiful view from Archer Overlook.

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1,545' 471 m


907' 276 m


1,243' 379 m


1,244' 379 m



Avg Grade (6°)


Max Grade (19°)

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Features River/Creek · Views · Wildlife


This hike is composed of two shorter trails, West Loop and East Loop. It is perfectly arranged so you can hike either or both trails, depending on your ability.

The West Loop is approx. 1.75 miles, and the East Loop is approx. 2.5 miles. It is an additional 0.4 miles to and from Archer Overlook. Both sides begin with about 800' of elevation and Archer Overlook is about 1400'.

There is about as much uphill as downhill since both trails meet at the high point. The maximum slope is 20 deg. and the minimum slope is -17 deg.

This is a perfect hike for a new hiker getting into shape or an experienced hiker with just a few hours of free time who is looking for a nearby hike. My wife is not a hiker (I begged her), and I am just coming back from foot surgery, but we still spent less than 2.5 hours on the trail. It made for a great morning.


Today I parked at the parking lot on the West Loop. It is just a couple of miles off of I-75, so it is easily accessible. This lot has room for probably 40 cars. When the approach trail intersected the West Loop, we went to the left (clockwise) as that side is a little longer and less steep than the return. About 1/2 mile in, we went through two rocky outcroppings called Hurricane Hollow and Fatman Squeeze.

At the top of the ridge (~0.75 miles), we took the side trail to Archer Overlook. This is a rocky area with a great view of Lake Alatoona on one side, and the town of Euharlee on the other side. It is a good place to visit, catch your breath and decide if you want to return or hike the East Loop. We chose to hike the East Loop also, so we set off after a short break.

On the approach trail to the East Loop, we went by a small Indian mound, and what must have been a very old hardwood tree. We stopped for some pictures as they were both interesting sights.

When we intersected the East Loop, we went to the right (counterclockwise) as that is the shortest, and therefore the steepest part of the East Trail.

We went about one mile to the East parking lot (which has room for about 10 vehicles) so my map would be complete. Then we started back up the other side of the East Loop. There are a couple of wooden bridges on this part of the trail, as there are several small creeks on this side.

At the top of this trail, we intersected the approach trail between East and West Trails and returned to the parking lot for the trip home.

As I said earlier, my wife is not a hiker, but this trail was not too hard for her, and I hope to be able to take her on another outing soon. It was a beautiful day for a hike, and with the leaves off the trees, there was a little more view than is usual in the summer.

Give these trails a try. You won't be disappointed.

Flora & Fauna

I have seen deer and squirrels before, but not much else. It is your typical Georgia hardwood and pine forest.


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Don Coltrane

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Beautiful trail!
Jul 17, 2019 near Emerson, GA
Lush trail along a creek bed
Apr 19, 2018 near Emerson, GA
So lush!
Apr 19, 2018 near Emerson, GA
Hard to tell in this photo but the stream is coming out of nowhere!
Apr 19, 2018 near Emerson, GA
Lots of really cool boulders and moss.
Apr 19, 2018 near Emerson, GA
When it's all socked in it reminds me of other bald summits on the AT
Apr 19, 2018 near Emerson, GA



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Dec 25, 2020
Chris Smith
2h 30m
Nov 14, 2020
Kim Spicey
Angela and I hiked 11/14/2020 6.3mi — 2h 54m
Aug 29, 2020
Stuart McGinnis
very nice hike and well marked. pretty heavily trafficked. would be beautiful during changing of leaves.
Jun 3, 2020
Jessica Sutherland
Hiking with dave — 1h 30m
Jan 1, 2020
Brady Lum
Jan 1, 2020
D Mik
both loops with michelle
Jul 16, 2019
Sharon Brown
need to build up my endurance. it was pretty strenuous for out-of-shape me, lol. 1.5mi — 2h 00m
Mar 16, 2019
Robert Neely