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Definitely pay attention to the trail signs and bring your owns gps. The hike is harder near the northwest portion of the trail-narrow trail and slanted due to the terrain. The southern portion is easier with good views.

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muddy
5 days ago

Great hike. I’d call it easy but I feel a little more seasoned. Great view with all the leaves missing. Sunny day.

Love this trail! Great for a short hike in the woods, going to the right from the trail head marker (Homestead Trail sign) puts the lake on your right for about half the hike, the second half is then back in the woods.

Such a fun, easy to moderate hike! The summit is well worth it, even in the fog!!! We had two dogs and made it easily. Went on a chilly Sunday and it was practically empty!

Take the western loop clockwise to avoid hiking down rocks!

Nice trail system that connects to Coopers Furnace Trail to the south. You can do some different loops and get in some decent mileage and elevation gain. There are also some side trails here and there that are fun to explore.

A nice bonus is that the sign says that the Pine Mountain trails are open until 10:00 PM. So could do some night hiking there as well if was predisposed. It could be a nice full moon hike or starlight hike.

Great views and not too crowded on a Friday morning...definitely recommend!

hiking
10 days ago

This is an excellent trail if you are looking to get in shape. My dog an I run it on a regular basis and I'm glad that such a wonderful trail is so close to my house.

hiking
10 days ago

This is a really great trail for weekend walking. We started taking my dog here when she was just a little puppy and I had to carry her for about a third of it. Now that she is over a year old she loves it and has no problem!

Nice trail. Part goes through a parking lot but otherwise a good variety of hills and flat stretches and the views of the Chattahoochee are good but not spectacular.

on Pine Mountain Trail

hiking
12 days ago

Nice hike! Enjoyable with kids. Clearly marked trail signs.

hiking
13 days ago

The trailhead is located on the left side of Red Top Mountain Road just before the bridge crossing Lake Altoona and leading into the state park or right side after crossing the bridge if you are leaving the park.

The parking lot has about a dozen spaces which face the lake. The actual trailhead is clearly marked by a sign on the left end of the parking lot. I was the only hiker all morning ( Monday).

The Yellow Trail is marked by yellow blazes throughout the trail. Almost immediately the trail begins with gradual rise and fall. If you need a warm up time I would recommend walking the parking lot a few times or even walking to the end of the fishing jetty and back.

I hiked early in the morning at sunrise and the sun coming over the lake and blanketing the side of the hill at the start of the hike was gorgeous, especially in winter with bare trees.

There is steady rise and fall throughout the yellow trail and a few early stretches bring you down to lake level with views of the water to your right. Another descent brings you down to a small creek which you will jump over and head on a sharp right following the creek. After this is the first tough climb of the hike leading to a rock outcropping. At this point the trail passes through the group of rocks and can be hard to see, look for a yellow blaze on a tree just past the rocks.

You will pass a few more groups of rock outcroppings with a gradual fall and notice homes on the left side of the trail as the hillside narrows a bit. After a brief climb the trail levels out flat for a straight stretch as the lake disappears behind you to the right.

You will come to a section of black silt fencing that looks to be controlling some erosion issues and the trail begins to descend and is a bit washed out as you go down. Watch your footing here. Noticed a few slip marks from other hikers.

The trail bottoms out at this point before a tough vertical climb. Eventually the trail steadies out and runs midway up the hillside with constant lake views to the right (in the winter) and gradual rise and fall. Then you climb up again where views of the lake and dam are on the right.

The trail comes to an intersection at this point where the first part of the Red Trail shoots straight up the mountain on the left (hard to see) or you can turn right and remain on the Yellow Trail which travels straight between a large cave-like rock formation on the left of the trail and a 10 foot hill to the right of the trail.

You will again intersect the Red Trail on the left and shortly after the Blue Trail on the right. There is a bench on the left side of the trail near these intersections.

I stayed on the Yellow Trail which went down into the valley and the trail felt the most remote and quiet at this point. Trail became rocky and footing was more challenging. You eventually come to a nice stream and follow it for a short time. I then took the blue trail to the right with a tough uphill climb back to the Yellow Trail then on to the Red Trail.

The Red Trail is tough as advertised. Practically straight up at points with little relief until the top. A short but hard climb. At the top follow the chain link fence on the left and the trail continues to the left through the woods. Hard to see so look for blazes. There are views in winter.

Going down the Red Trail back to the Yellow is not fun. I did a lot of scrambling on the balls of my feet. Steep.

Hit the Yellow Trail back at the dam intersection and go right to head back to the trailhead.

Loved this hike and it kicked my butt. I was the only hiker though I passed a volunteer coming to clean up downed trees on my way out.

Not for the faint of heart or those in poor health or physical condition. Would be a good practice hike for long distance trips and pack adjustments.

Too crowded for me. There were people everywhere. I like to have a little peace and quiet. The view was nice at the top. Unless you are just trying to get miles in, I would not do entire loop. I liked hiking from Bettis-Tribble Rd. Entrance. Did not like hike from Spot Rd.

Easy short hike, kind of crowded especially at the top. The view is beautiful though! Overall a nice hike.

Certainly a beautiful view but not much of a scenic route. Glad I walked it and really enjoyed the view but it’s literally walking a road beyond a gate. I just prefer trails but nothing wrong with this at all.

Great hike yet so close to the city. However, beware that 98% of people with dogs DO NOT keep them on leashes, which is extremely frustrating for those of us following the rules. Leashes are for the safety of the dog. Wish others understood that.

not unhappy , just wanted to post that the access road to this hike is closed every year from January 1st till the end of winter. seems a bit under posted.

Very muddy. Very trafficked. Good hike.

trail is closed until 12/31

hiking
25 days ago

Have hiked the Homestead several times and always enjoy it. Very few trouble areas and good for most all physical condition levels.

Trail begins to the left of the park visitors center and shares a couple of sections early on with the Sweet Gum trail so pay attention to signs.

About halfway through, the trail descends to water level with a nice view of the lake and a good spot for pets to take a dip in the water.

Note: We have encountered snakes sunning in the middle of the trail twice on the loop portion where the trail widens. They were non venomous snakes and we had plenty of room to navigate around them. Do not let this deter you! The hike is lovely.

hiking
25 days ago

Have hiked this trail a couple of times and really enjoy it. Quick and slightly strenuous hike with a view worth the trip.

The West Loop splits after a short approach trail. Both routes are a little steep and rocky but going to the right offers switchbacks which helps eliminate some of the incline on your way up. Parking isn’t a problem and the trail is moderately trafficked, heavy on nice clear days when the view is maximized.

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike with some good views that is also ITP! Also a good trail for dogs. Only complaint is that it can be very busy depending on when you go.

27 days ago

Nice easy trail. A little crowded. Bummer that no pets allowed. Should be no kids under 7 allowed, lol. View is pretty nice as well.

hiking
29 days ago

Some great hiking. We had a lot of fun here.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views of the Chatahoochee, nice easy walk through the woods. Trails well marked though we managed to go for an extra unplanned loop anyway... led to another great view though.

Great trails very well marked. Will be back to do again

Hidden gem in a humdrum city life.

Even if the trail is easy to moderate and not much of a challenge, you get to stop and enjoy many wonderful views throughout the trail.

Very clean trail

hiking
1 month ago

great short hike with amazing view at the end of the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

absolutely wonderful trail with a lot of switchbacks and the view from The Overlook is spectacular. I took my lunch break and went up

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