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Nice hike, but the markings are a bit confusing. The granite gets quite slippery when damp.

hiking
1 day ago

Pretty tough hike but so well worth it once you see some of the views.

Getting my butt up that mountain was definitely a great work out but it wasn’t as challenging as I thought it was going to be based off the reviews. Also... I was super nervous to bring my dogs after reading the reviews as well but my two 60+ lbs dogs made it up no problem!! They really enjoyed it!! Super fun hike.. well maintained trail... only downside is there was a scorpion in the bargirls bathroom

walking
2 days ago

Hike/walk. The incline is absolutely killer but it’s a great workout and the views are gorgeous, on the way up and very rewarding at the top. Recommended!!

Tough hike for me but well worth the views at the top. Will do this one again.

Trail is tough. Not super crowded. No views, but beautiful area. Summer growth is over taking trail in places.

10 days ago

Good hike

10 days ago

Well marked, good trail, fun jaunt through the woods.

Hike killed me but great view

Steady climb all the way up. Some great views at the top. Fun trail.

hiking
15 days ago

Tough hike but well worth it for the panoramic views! Will go again for sure.

no dogs allowed....?!

I’ll give it middle of the road, if you like hiking or what to see what it’s like on parts of the AT this is a good place. There’s not any overlooks past the Bear trail and no waterfalls but for pure hiking this is still fun. Our family enjoyed it.

We did the full loop, clockwise, in just under 5 hours. I’ll give it three stars because no matter what, it’s still in beautiful north Georgia. Downsides include lots of road noise, major overgrowth (at times I couldn’t see my feet and the growth was above my waist), pretty much zero scenic lookouts in the summer, and bears. There was one loose at the camp site when I started the hike and I’ve noticed a common theme in these reviews.

Love this hike. The view is spectacular and the hazy mountain tops are a treat to the eyes!

Great trails for families. One of my favorite ones.

hiking
23 days ago

Great day for a hike, weather was 73 degrees and didnt really see anyone until I got to the top. Views are incredible.

Did in November and was a challenge then counter clockwise and was even more challenging in the summer clockwise!

We did run into a few bear cubs, but nothing major and was safe hanging in a plastic bag unexpectedly spending the night on trail!

I love this track. It’s a great challenge and wonderful workout! I have been able to complete counter clockwise in one day, but clockwise always catches me a few miles short for a one day completion. I’ll get there!

My main reason for setting camp was the downpour and being out of water after the Duncan ridge split. Clockwise, it was straight up!

Heard the thunder threatening, and booked it to a camp site I’ve stayed beforehand re and knew water is close. Hunkered down for the rain in the hammock. Once it moved on, came out for a nice fire since we covered the firewood and a warm mountain house meal!

Tried to catch some rest, but after the storm and out location in hammocks, the breeze was a bit chill. May have slept 3 hours. Got up, warmed by a nice fire, mountain house meal for breakfast and come coffee. A few miles and we were off the trail.

We parked in an intersecting road and tapped the tail from there. Much recommend if you want the “free feeling.” Not as in not paying out park fees, but able to do what you like. We entered a great spot to start our trip.

Great track! Get out and hit it! It’s a great conditioning run!

Wonderful trail with a great view. Felt safe the entire time. Only saw a few people. Just make sure you follow the signs carefully or you might end up in a different parking lot.

Fantastic easy hike. Doing the whole loop gives a decent workout. Shaded. Beautiful view at the observation deck, as well as boulders to climb around.

backpacking
28 days ago

Just finished an overnight on this loop. Last nights highlights:

-torrential rain, has a rain forest jungly feel
-trails are clear but lots of growth hanging over and slapping my bare legs, i recommend long pants unless you like thousands of plants slapping your ankles. i was astounded i had no poison ivy rash or any issues though so the plants on this trail are not mean
-i rounded a corner and surprised a black bear on the trail..fortunately he panicked first and sprinted down hill so fast he started tumbling
-lots of climbing and elevation(for georgia) 4200 ft. that means cooler air and a nice sleep if you camp above 3500
-not stunningly scenic but a great workout loop. you should be in decent shape or the climbing might get old
-personal pet peeve with this trail is hearing highway noise while in my tent. i like hearing owls, crickets, and running water when im in my tent. maybe it was where i camped.

hiking
1 month ago

Very hard for me but the view is definitely worth it

horseback riding
1 month ago

awesome views. I did the 58 mile loop from benchmark to Indian Point and stayed at uppermost point of Burnt creek. Day 2 we traveled up to the wall and down Moose creek drainage crossing the North fork of the sun and camped south of Cabin Creek. Day 3 we came past the Bear Lake trail and into Pretty Prairie then took the lower trail back up to Benchmark.

hiking
1 month ago

Make sure you bring hiking boots very rocky in some parts. Spectacular views on top.

A fun hike, but it lacks a view and a “payoff” for the climb.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike if you’re looking for a bit of a challenge. Lots of steep & rocky areas that make the trail more difficult, but the view is great! I don’t hike very often but would do you this one again!

Great trail, very rough climb on the way back. Saw a black bear around mile 4.4 so keep a look, apparently he likes to stay around those parts. Nice campsites all over the trail (obviously, it’s the AT!) Great intermediate backpacking trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Decent incline .. I’m happy I didn’t bring my dog because there were spots I wouldn’t have been able to traverse.

I love hiking in Georgia! I know that there are great places in NC and TN too, but that ain't Georgia. That being said, I did teh Coosa trail counter-clockwise startng from the Vogle visitors center at 7:30 this morning and was back at my car at 2:15. I felt like I was hiking at an average pace. I was alone, so I didn't have a reference...so I didn't have to make any unnecessary stops. But, I did take plenty of time to enjoy the limited views (jungle like in summer) and take plenty of selfies! BTW...I had cell service (att) for most of the hike. Anyway, to keep this short.....Awesome trail, good challange, no bears (for me!), It's in GA, and it can be done in a day despite what the sign says.

hiking
1 month ago

It was difficult but a lot of fun. Great to be able to let our dog off leash, it's also necessary, since there are areas that would have been near impossible trying to traverse them while dealing with the dog. Our dog did the climb fairly easily but she's a great dane and I can see where you may have to carry small dogs.

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