Explore the most popular lake trails in Cohutta Wildlife Management Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It isn't too difficult, but the trail is in need of some general maintenance.... Trail head located near East Boat Ramp

We had an amazing hike today out of Vogel State Park to Blood Mountain. Hiking up, we only saw one other hiker, who guided us when we weren't sure which path to take. We saw this same hiker at the top, along with about 10 thru hikers. The trail was well marked and seemed to have some new signs for Blood Mountain. It was definitely a strenuous uphill the whole way out! Well worth the hike, great views from the top and a good workout!

Great all-around hike. On the return from Vogel, be sure to keep a close eye out for the right turn onto the Duncan Ridge Trail. The sign can' be easily missed when you're SOBO on the AT.

1 month ago

Great day...i agree with the other reviews....would be very difficult to get lost. Follow James steps verbatim

Very nice for a walk; easy on the dogs and the lake is gorgeous.

Great trail! Not very well marked, we missed the first turn off from Bear Hair Trail but were able to connect at the Beae Hair Gap/Coosa Backcountry Junction. Steady climb. By far the best route to Blood Mountain.

Love bringing my girls out here to get some fresh air and play in nature!

8 months ago

An easy hike around a beautiful little lake. Very secluded, beautiful curvy drive to Dockery Lake Road. Rustic gravel road for last mile. We were there on a Holiday weekend and saw maybe 5 cars. No cell coverage, extremely isolated. I would recommend going with a group.

9 months ago

As described. James' instructions below are spot on. Good hike. Did in about 4 hours total. Plenty of creek crossings for the four-legged. Now if she'll just sleep tonite and not bark at every sound....sigh.

What a gem, thank you Boy Scouts, and right next to one of the busiest shopping areas in North GA. The condition was phenomenal and has a swamp like feel to it, a welcome change from the usual wooded trails. The real treat about this trail is the secrecy - can barely tell where the trail begins, then poof, wonderland. The Boy Scouts have marked some key trees if you want some education while you in there, and because it seems hidden, traffic is low, wildlife is high ;)

Nice short trail. We saw deer and rabbits.

Love this trail. The views on the summit are breathtaking. It is a constant climb all the way to the top for about 5 miles. Great workout. At the summit is an AT shelter where hikers regroup for there descent to neels gap. Great people outstanding views. Park at Vogel state park. Take the bear hair gap trail to the coosa trail. Take a sharp left at the Duncan trail and then left on the Appalachian trail. Follow about a third of a mile to the summit and enjoy!!!!

Good trails and boardwalks. Observation areas and birdblind

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Breeze & cool up here during spring! Quaint little lake perfect for SUP & fishing! Bring the dog, too!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

One of my favorites in Georgia. The Coosa back country Trail brings you through the woods through ridgelines and eventually to the AT cabin and shelter at the peak. Proceed pastor shelter less than a quarter-mile for outstanding views of the vistas nearby.
Parking does become packed so be aware of spaces as they are limited. Head over the mountain crossings across the street and amazing outfitters store

Monday, December 12, 2016

more of a walking trail. and this would be better suited for fishing and camping.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Very scenic, beautiful setting, hoping to find an open campsite but it was full. Primitive campsites outhouses and tent pads with a grill. Will not return more than likely, but really glad me and the kids got this one checked off our list.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Beautiful hike.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

The lake is gorgeous

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Great trail! Surprisingly quiet.

Monday, June 27, 2016


Saturday, June 25, 2016

The trails aren't as well maintained or marked as one would like.

Great trail to walk anytime of the year, beautiful all year round.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

In May 2003, the Mall of Georgia Partners donated this 88-acre tract as a wetlands/wildlife preserve to the Georgia Wildlife Federation. GWF volunteers and most notably, Eagle Scouts, have been instrumental in developing the trail and maintaining the property.

The nature area itself lies within a basin formed by Ivy Creek and its tributary, Little Ivy Creek. Located below street level within the the I-85 / GA20 interchange and the Mall of Georgia Boulevard, traffic sounds from the nearby mall and freeway are muffled. Although the Ivy Creek Greenway connects with the trail, the most direct access is by using the stairs located off the Mall of Ga Blvd (GPS 34.062015, -83.982970).

The nature preserve has an almost surreal look about it. Its look not only changes with the seasons but is also greatly influenced throughout the year by the amount of precipitation. The boardwalks and trail structures keep things interesting along the way. I highly recommend this trail for children. Just remember to take water and relieve yourself before you venture out, as there are no fountains or restrooms here.

Monday, April 25, 2016

this is a great trail for scouts to practice their skills.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Great hike. The trail that connects the coosa backcountry trail to the AT isn't clearly marked from the Vogel park side. The trail that connects the coosa backcountry trail to the AT is about 3/10 of a mile on the right past the bear hair trail. The return trail from blood mountain that connects the AT to the coosa backcountry is clearly marked, Duncan Ridge trail, about 1/2 mile on the right departing from the blood mountain shelter. Excellent views after the leaves have fallen and a heavy rain a few day prior to the hike.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Our gps reading on this is more like 9 miles. That said, it's excellent training and I like that it is a fairly quiet trail. Blood Mountain doesn't have views quite as nice as some of its nearby neighbors, but you'll still get your fill on the way up. If you take the Bear Hair trail, there is a short-ish side trail to an overlook point that's pretty nice in the fall. The Bear Hair trail will add mileage but makes for an easier hike due to the more moderate ascent.

Make sure to follow the Blood Mountain sign (red blaze) at the Coosa/Bear Hair trail junction. It's not as obvious as the other trail but rest assured, it is a real trail.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Very nice, well maintained trail system. As far as lake hikes go this is the best in GA, in my opinion. Great camping and all other trails in the area are nice

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Nice, easy hike around the lake. Good place to feed fish (I'm not very good at catching them!)

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

peaceful and serene. small campsites, no electricity.

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