Arkaquah Trail is a 11.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Blairsville, GA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Blairsville: Take US 19 and 129 south from Blairsville for 8 miles. Turn left (east) onto Georgia 180. Go 8 miles and turn left (north) onto Georgia 180 Spur. Follow this road 3 miles to the Brasstown Bald Visitor Center parking lot. Visitors should stop by the Brasstown Ranger District, or call 706-745-6928 for more information on these trails.
This trail is easy if you park at Brasstown Mt. parking lot and go down. It is not an easy hike starting at Track Rock Rd. to the Brasstown Mt. parking lot so do you research.
My son (16 yrs) hiked down, then back up to the Brasstown Bald parking lot. Make sure you have enough water for a round trip hike, the streams are very few in spring and none during summer months. Self sufficient or stash some water at Track Rock road terminus for your return up.
I have been looking for a challenge. I have been on several hikes in GA and AL along with my daughters ages 6 and 8. The last major hike we did was Cheaha Mountain which is the highest point in AL. So naturally we wanted to also take on the largest mountain in GA. This was significantly more difficult. Great views but I anticipated the trail being 5.5 miles from Track Rock.This is not to the summit this is just to the park plus their is a small walk to the trail head its self. My GPS read almost 8 miles by the time we hit the summit, this was probably partially due to exploring but either way expect about a 13-14 mile round trip. Once we hit summit we called for a ride back to the car from a Application Trail Shittle. He was awesome and gave some good history of the area on the way back. The kids were happy they didn't have to walk another 8 miles back, that would have been very difficult for a 6 year old. The driver left me his card so I figured I'd throw it up here incase some one ends up in the same predicament ( Sam Duke 706 994 6633) he charged $20 for the ride.
If your considering this trail I suggest doing it. It was a cool experience. It is not blazed but it's really easy to follow. There is a gift shop and museum/ theater at the top but nothing along the Arkaquah trail until you hit the park. Next stop Mt. Mitchell NC.
an enjoyable experience. you have 1500 vertical feet to buzzard roost ridge from the trackrock gap trailhead. after that you encounter a rocky and scenic ridge with plenty of great views all around. i went thru cove gap and the second peak at 3 miles then turned around and headed back. as johnny malloy said: this is one of the finest trails in the region. i saw some kind of wild turkey or pheasant but it moved too fast for me to identify it.
A lot of elevation climbing. Coming back is great if your legs are not to wobbly!
This is a beautiful trail but is challenging due to the elevation gain and loss over and over good workout
Very cool trail, starts with a vicious climb up, once you clear the top of the first hill there is a great break spot on a rock with an excellent view! Once you get past the first climb you stay on the ridges of 3 peaks going across. A lot of up and down but not nearly as bad as the first climb. When you make it to the state park there is a $5 shuttle that will take you to the top. It's only a steep .6 but by that time your legs will know you did something and it's 6 miles back. We hiked this in November which made for great views but the climbs are so steep when they are covered in leaves it is very slippery. So don't plan on making up time on the hike out if there are leaves on the ground.
The 1st half was mostly uphill. It evened out quite a bit once you got up the 1st hill. Once you get to the parking lot you either have to pay $5 to go to the summit or hike an extra .6 up to the summit. Not very good views at the parking lot
it was a nice day in november so drove up to the top of brasstown bald and encountered a big crowd there. the trail was a bit flooded from all the rains but i did not get wet as i left the parking lot behind. the cold wind was coming from the northwest but the sunlight warmed the south facing route. i encountered quite a few folks who hiked up from trackrock and could hear their loud conversations for quite a while. unfortunately i wanted solitude. made it out to blue bluffs and was surprised to see a few icicles. had lunch on the big rock at chimneytop on the way back. around 5 miles total distance. lots of leaves on the trail made the going slow and sometimes a bit difficult.
Hiked in early September. Started at track rock, went to brass town, then down wagon train to a parked car. Good workout, nice views. Barstow bald is spectacular, of course, and it felt better having earned it a bit. I think the total on the day was just over 13 miles including the hike up to the top of the bald and the private road (1.7mi) at the end of the wagon train trail that is not specifically called out on the maps.
Wagon train: Take it or leave it. Nice ridge, might be really pretty in the winter with the leaves down. Steady ridge grade down and pretty easy on the knees for a constant descent.
Arkaquah: Very nice. From Track Rock gap be prepared to work right away. Goes up pretty quickly to get to the ridge but smooths out a bit. Some other climbs long the way but nothing to be concerned about once you make the initial ascent. Not the best vies in late Summer, but I would think (as others have said) the views in the off season would be pretty good. Once you get to Brasstown bald, though, you get all the views you want anyway.
Not sure about the post that says 7,000 feet of climbing. Maybe he meant total up and down in an out and back, but all of the maps are clear that it is a touch under 3K each way. Nots sure why you count descent anyway. It is a modest climb and 3K felt about right. Only the first mile is actually difficult. After that just enjoy the walk
Hiked from Track Rock Gap to Brasstown Bald and back. Great views along the ridge. Nice winter hike but be careful of ice on the trail. Be prepared for steep climbs and descents on the first mile and a half.
I do this every year in mid November. Once the ridge-level leaves are down, you get both north and south views once you are on the ridge. The initial climb from TrackRock Gap to Buzzards Roost Ridge is a nice workout for preparing for higher mountains out west.
A quick pace got us out and back in just under 6 hours after taking a 30 minute break at Brasstown Bald. The summit gave views of many future mountains to climb. Looking forward to each one.
One of the best 'ridge running' trails in Georgia, if you can get up to it. It's tough to find fault with this one, except for some 'early-in-the-year' conditions to consider. The first mile from the Trackrock Trailhead is steep, and after this wet winter, some narrow sections of it were muddy & very slick. There are also some overgrown sections once you're on the ridge that may make you think you're off the trail. You may be right, as some side trails branch off and promptly dead end. Those minor things aside, this is a great way to earn your views from Brasstown.
Completed this as an out and back starting at Track Rock Gap. Thought I would share a couple of aha's about the trip. I originally chose this trail because I wanted something with an elevation gain of 2500 to 3000 feet to prepare for an upcoming trip. Also as a preparation method, I did the hike with a full pack. What I didn't realize was that the total elevation gain/drop for the round trip is about 7000 feet. The 2900 feet quoted here on alltrails and most other guides is the difference between the start and end points. However, the trail goes up and down over several peaks along the ridge. The steepest climb was from the trailhead at Track Rock Gap up onto the ridge. This was about 1400 ft in roughly 1.25 miles.
Although I didn't come across much wildlife, I did find several piles of bear scat in the trail. These were all located in the first (western) half of the ridge portion of the trail. Be sure to take the normal precautions for hiking in bear country. Also wear bright clothing in case there are hunters in the area.
The views were wonderful along the ridge. Be sure to tack on the extra 0.6 mile spur to the summit of Brasstown Bald for the best views of the day. After all was said and done, the out and back took me just under 8 hours.
12 miles total, good work out and fantastic view from the top!
Straight up, but very secluded. Only went 1.25 miles up. Trailhead is across the street from the Track Rock Archaeological area. Lots of different mushrooms. Will plan to do again without the 10 year old!
We only made it 1.5 hours in due to illness. Can't wait to go back and hike the entire trail.