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Best trails in Cohutta Wildlife Management Area

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Looking for a great trail in Cohutta Wildlife Management Area, Georgia? AllTrails has 38 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 21 moderate trails in Cohutta Wildlife Management Area ranging from 0.9 to 49 miles and from 974 to 3,877 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The Cohutta Wildlife Management Area is a huge area of forest in north Georgia, of more than 95,000 acres. This site covers only a small area along good gravel roads in the southern part of the WMA, but the whole area is worth exploring for those with the time and curiosity. This WMA is encompassed within Georgia's Cohutta Wilderness area, which is the state's second largest wilderness area. The Cohutta Mountains are part of the oldest known mountains in the world. They run from Fannin County northeast to the Tennessee-North Carolina border, where they are known as the Smoky Mountains, and once bordered a prehistoric ocean. It is from these mountains that the Cohutta WMA gets its name. 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.

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Map of trails in Cohutta Wildlife Management Area
Park information
Acreage:
95000 acres
Contact
706-295-6041
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Top trails (38)
#1 - Neels Gap to Blood Mountain
Cohutta Wildlife Management Area
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 43 m
Neels Gap to Blood Mountain is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Blairsville, Georgia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primariShow more
#2 - Emery Creek Falls Trail
Cohutta Wildlife Management Area
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
The Emery Creek/Holly Creek Trail is a moderately challenging, beautiful trail culminating with a two-step set of falls. Your shoes will get wet. Do not attempt when water is high.Show more
#3 - Bartram Trail to Pinnacle Knob
Cohutta Wildlife Management Area
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 4 h 48 m
Bartram Trail to Pinnacle Knob is a 9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Clayton, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activityShow more
#4 - Wolf Laurel Top via Appalachian Trail
Cohutta Wildlife Management Area
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 32 m
A portion of the Appalachian Trail from Tesnatee Gap going West over Cow Rock Mountain and along the ridge line to Wolf Laurel Top. A very scenic trail. The initial section out of Tesnatee Gap is steShow more
#5 - Flat Creek Loop
Cohutta Wildlife Management Area
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 3 h 6 m
Overall, this is a well kept trail. The sound of the creek and multiple, small waterfalls are very peaceful. A few inclines, but a good trek for you and your dog! Show more
#6 - Beech Bottom Trail
Cohutta Wildlife Management Area
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 19 m
Beech Bottom Trail is used primarily as a day hike access trail to the Jacks River Falls. It is a wide, easy trail to follow with mild inclines and declines. It has several spots where you can see outShow more
#7 - Jacks River Trail to Beech Bottom
Cohutta Wildlife Management Area
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Length: 14.8 mi • Est. 6 h 40 m
Please note portions of trail may be closed or impassable due to recent storm damage.Show more
#8 - Appalachian Trail: Neels Gap to Hogpen Gap
Cohutta Wildlife Management Area
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Length: 16.1 mi • Est. 9 h 33 m
Appalachian Trail: Neels Gap to Hogpen Gap is a 16.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Dahlonega, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate andShow more
#9 - Vogel State Park to Blood Mountain
Cohutta Wildlife Management Area
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 4 h 22 m
A hiking trail from Vogel State Park to the top of Blood Mountain. The trail is strenuous in certain portions and lightly used. The trail begins at the southern most campsites in the park. However, yShow more
#10 - Bear Creek Trail
Cohutta Wildlife Management Area
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
Bear Creek Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ellijay, Georgia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessibShow more
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