Logan Turnpike Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews

Logan Turnpike Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Turners Corner, GA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

3.8 miles 1128 feet Out & Back



nature trips



wild flowers


over grown

An hiking trail connecting the lower valley with Tesnatee Gap along Highway 348 (Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway). This trail is written up in local books as an old toll road that crossed the Tennessee Valley Divide at Tesnatee Gap. It is now a seldom used hiking trail that will take some effort to find (on the Southern side). It ends at Tesnatee Gap where it meets the Appalachian Trail.

8 months ago

This is a beautiful trail in the winter, although in the summer it is quite overgrown in many parts . Lovely mountain streams and huge boulders midway. Poorly maintained at the Richard Russell end. Today my husband and I got turned around on this trail about midway up the trail and ran into a dead end of large downed trees. We backtracked a couple times, not wanting to leave the trail. We took an alternative route out with another hiker. Sturdy waterproof boots recommended for this wet and rocky trail.

1 year ago

Surprised to see any other reviewers. This would be a typical AT connector hike with a pretty solid ascent but I'm telling you it is awful. Not the ascent but the whole trail. There is a decent stretch for about the first half to 3/4 miles along a stream, assuming you start from the bottom, but that's really it. It is not used, it is through a lot of uncut brush, and even the ascent leaves much to be desired. No views, but more webs than I can count. Granted it was September, but i honestly can't think of a reason why someone would choose to do this hike other than checking it off. It is by far the most unpleasant connector hike I have done.

I started at the AT and hiked down, then up. It is a really hard trail to find at either end, so take the hint and skip it.


2 years ago

Really interesting trail following only Union Turnpike Road/Logan Turnpike. Trail is rarely used compared to other trails in the area, but definitely worth the hike. First half is moderate and second half is difficult due to the rare upkeep. Creek running down the trail for a lot of it. About half-way up is a rock to rest and a nice little water fall. Hard to get to the trail head unless you have a truck. Worth the trip though!

3 years ago

This trail seems hardly ever used. I used it to hike up Cow Rock Mountain after a big snow storm when the Ricahrd B. Russel Highway was closed. The trail itself is rather overgrown. Not difficult to follow but very isolated with not much to see except some wild boar. However, once I got to Tesnatee Gap the AT up to Cow Rock had almost a foot of snow in some places and made for a fantastic hike!

3 years ago

Logan Turnpike was a beautiful hike, and great for the dog. We started at Kellum Valley (which I probably could never find again). The hiking trail, or at least the beginning of it, runs right in the old roadway. You will see the piles of rocks on either side that define the old road bed. Read up on this trail's colorful history.

A great mountain stream with lots of hemlock and other interesting flora runs alongside the trail. There is a small waterfall, maybe a mile in, that is a pretty place to rest for a minute.

Due to the tornado that hit this area a few years back, the trail gets rather overgrown as it progresses in elevation. We did not do the entire trail, but I loved it anyway.