enjoyable trail for a day hike. the path from the parking area is pretty much a stream bed and it was flowing the day i was there. once you get to the loop you are on dry leaf covered trails. not much variation until you get to the rocky peak at about 3200 feet in elevation. there are no clear overlooks but i could see lake chatuge thru the bare trees. then it is a long down hill trek back to the lodge. trail is well marked and easy to follow but you should plan your route in advance. encountered 1 human and no animals along the way. it was about 6 miles total distance.
A little confusing because the map you probably have is a national geo map and those maps only show National Forest Service Trails. That means the map you are likely looking at is incomplete. It says 4.4 miles, when the total is more in the 6 mile range.
Pull into Brasstown Valley Lodge South entrance. Drive back a ways and when you see a parking lot on the left and tennis courts on the right you are there. Park in that lot and do NOT drive up to the lodge to look for the trail. You will see a big gazebo behind some bushes and that is the start.
Next piece is the trails outside NFS are blue and green blazes together. Once you hit the actual NFS trails it switches to just green. For good measure there are also blue trails around so pay attention.
Best advice is print the map I uploaded and keep it with you. Very straightforward once you get your bearing. All in all a nice trail for the area if you don't feel like hiking on of the trails up to Brasstown bald. Lot a lot going on but a nice trail. You can stop in the lodge once your done for dinner if you like. Nice place
The hike was generally easy with a few decent climbs. The blazes are a problem, though: the trail uses 3 different blazes for different sections and neighboring trails also use the same colors for blazes. This is an easy problem to fix and would make the trail system safer. The trailhead is very confusing if you start at the dirt lot--it looks as if you are walking through a private backyard. I recommend parking at the lodge's main parking lot and starting there. Views aren't great in the summer, but the foliage offers really great shade. Deer can be frequently seen and there's a chance for bears, too. I spotted bear scat near the lodge, in fact. Good luck and enjoy!