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An adventurous balance of switchbacks and small elevations, Avalanche 1 and 2 loops are dotted with beautiful ferns in a lush hardwood forest above the Little River. Twice I passed white water below.
Traveling against the mountain bike traffic is no problem. Most travelling on wheels are friendly enough to thank me for yielding and let me know if they are aware of more bikes behind them.
Had a blast. Took my dog. Well maintained trails. Access trail was pretty exhausting lots of elevation change. Not a lot of rest stops if any until we hit lodge trail. Would definitely do this trail again. Best to start with access and come back on lodge.
D. B. on Iron Hill Trail
Just a great trail worth the parking fee. Awesome views of the lake with a great work out.
Some of the best barefoot running trails in Atlanta! The smooth rocks on the main walk up trail are almost continuous; only one or two places with a little bit of crushed gravel to tiptoe over. And the view from the top is amazing! Different in every season and weather. Truly invigorating, and well worth the climb, as there are restrooms and free water fountains at the top. On the way down I like to follow the trails just off to the right. They're completely and thoroughly pine needle lined and very smooth for running; they offer a more gradual and less impactful descent. I adore this place! And where else in Atlanta I can I find such great elevation? Just sad I can't bring the dogs there onto the mountain; they can only walk around the bottom. But really there's too many people to bring them anyway. The least crowded time is midday mid week. But if it's a beautiful day, you will definitely not be alone. It's just too good there!
Local tip: get annual pass for $45 per car I think. Totally worth it if you'll go more than 3 times. Fill your car up with your friends and family and have a blast! Having a pass makes me go more often for sure.
Lots of well packed, well-traveled trail, good for barefoot trail running, as well as easy walking. Some sections have a lot of rocks or roots to mind your footing, which I like; keeps me on my toes! Nice variations in scenery: flat Lakeside, rolling Woods, bare rock face and beautiful streams leading into the lakes in places. Some beautiful leaf colors and wildflower displays along the way. I run it regularly. Quite empty on the weekdays, especially side trails, where I like to let the dogs run free for a bit.
Chad C. on Coosa Backcountry Trail
I did this loop counter-clockwise in 6.5 hours. It featured some tough ascents with false summits that broke my heart a few times. No real view at the top. What made this challenging was the steep grade on freshly fallen leaves. It was slow going at times just to keep my footing. No water except in the valleys. So if you're planning to stretch this into a backpacking trip, you'll need to haul your water up the mountains. You never go more than a mile without seeing a flat campsite.