Lake Zwerner (aka Yahoola Creek Reservoir) is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dahlonega, GA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Lake Zwerner Trail is a 3.45 mile looping trail around the Yahoola Creek Reservoir at the outskirts of Dahlonega GA. Beautiful lake & amazing mountain views. The trail twists & turns around the lake & through the woods Lake Zwerner Trail is a good challenge for the casual hiker. The scenery is amazing. There are some challenging areas where the trail gets steep (50%). But to break up the hike, there are several benches, a couple of picnic areas, and two swings benches. The trail between the two parking areas is beside hwy 19. The trail north of the north parking area is gravel. The majority of the trail is packed uneven dirt with exposed rocks and roots. There are several streams that flow into the lake. The Lake is popular for fishing from the shore and from boat. You will see canoes, kayaks and paddle boards. UNG uses the lake to train their sculling team.
Very nice views of the lake from every angle of the trail. A few steep hills to climb, but nothing too bad. It was a nice and shaded walk around. Only complaint would be the loose rocks on the trail that turns waking into skidding.
Really enjoyed this trail with a friend today. We are just starting regular hiking and the distance and changes in elevation made for a good moderate workout. Will definitely do again and try it from the opposite direction.
We live nearby and try to hike the reservoir once a week or so. Shaded, well trod, and has enough hills to be a challenging walk/hike. It takes us a little over an hour to complete the full loop. The last portion walks alongside a road and goes over a bridge but is plenty wide and we've never had an issue.
We live 2 miles away and walk this trail often. Great for dogs. Takes us ~1 hr to walk.
Liked this trail. Once away from the highway it has some inclines and descents. As stated below it is shaded and there are several lake views. Plenty on places to rest if needed. I wouldn't call this a loop trail. We hiked about 2.5 miles and then turned back when it appeared that the "loop" requires a portion along the highway.
Absolutely loved it! About a 50 min drive from flowery branch but totally worth it! Almost the whole thing is shaded! Beautiful lake and trail! Just enough incline to really work out the calves when running. Dog loves it too! Will for sure be going back!
Nice shady trail. Start at dock and go clockwise the inclines are easier that way.
Fairly easy. A few inclines. Nice clean lake for the dog to get in and out of all the way around the lake.
Very easy if you start at the boat dock side! Only 2-3 major steep hills to climb. Very pretty!