Lake Winfield Scott Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Suches, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
An easy walking loop around the lake. Lake Winfield Scott is a beautifully secluded lake away from the more heavily travelled roads. At an elevation of 2,800' it is usually comfortable even in mid-summer and there is a small beach and swimming area as well as picnic area. The trail encircles the lake and offers views of Blood and Slaughter mountains from the south side.
This trail is an easy hike. Two thirds of the walk is on a clear pathway, with only a short wooded trail having roots and uneven ground. Gorgeous scenery; a mountain lake with the rays of sunrise burning through the mist and fog coming off the water will make for an inspiring morning. After a full day hiking, canoeing, or fishing settle down beside the fire and enjoy one of their many campsites. This park has other trails to offer as well so don't limit yourself to the short lake loop. Hike Jarrard Gap about a mile or so and you will converge with the Appalachian trail and have miles of hiking available. Bring the kids , I am certain the young children will have a blast at the playground or beach area.
Loved this campground! Took our daughter camping here for the first time. To start off an amazing trip, on the highway coming up here from Dahlonega we saw a black bear!!! First time seeing one in Georgia, so super exciting. Also exciting that we got to see him safe and sound from the inside of our vehicle since we had a 1 year old with us :) Lots of deer around too.
The campground itself is pretty basic - older bathrooms, one shower stall, hot water, and not much else in the way of amenities. Nice ranger selling firewood and checking in from time to time. Each site is drive-up and has a small tent pad, really only big enough for one tent, plus firepit and grill in one, picnic table, and lantern hook. Road is paved, no need for 4x4. The campsites are set back away from the lake itself, so you have to walk a few minutes to get to the water.
GREAT fishing here - husband already planning to come back alone to hit up the trout and bass. Super clear water, you could see some 12"ers swimming around in the cover around the shore edge. Nice easy .5 mile trail around the edge of the lake, comfortable enough to do with a child. If you are into hiking, this is a great place to camp - right behind the campsites is a connection to the Jarrard Gap Trail and Slaughter Creek Trail, which will connect you to the main Appalachian Trail. Looking forward to coming back in the spring and giving those trails a shot when it is just the adults.
What a beautiful place. One of the prettiest mountain lakes in Georgia. It is usually quiet and a drip in the lake will cool you off in summer. The trail is gentle and quiet offering beautiful views all the way around the lake.