Coosa Trail East is a 7.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rockford, Alabama that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.6 miElevation gain1,407 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingRunningForestRiverViewsWildlife
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Don Miller
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After about 1 1/2 miles this trail is beautiful. Yellow (red older markings) markers can be hard to find in places. Some markings have been destroyed due to recent storms. Plenty of Pine forest and hardwood bottoms with streams. This trail can be difficult in places due to the steep terrain. I walked to the shelter on lake Mitchell and really struggled on the return trip due to the steep hills and the length of the trail.

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Amelia Henry
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Paul Boucard
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I don’t understand the negative reviews for this trail. Yes the first 1.8 miles are a road hike but once you get in to the woods and from 2 miles on the hike is beautiful. You walk along a stream, hardwood and long leaf pine forests and great elevations. The blazes on the trees can be confusing and sometimes hard to find but look out for the yellow ones. The red blazes are the old color but will still keep you on the trail. The leaves were heavy and the trail was not well worn so it made the hike a little challenging to make sure I was still on the trail. I am an experienced hiker and this trail challenged me. The trail is actually 11 miles long from end to end and continues past the map here on AllTrails.

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paul "gotta take leak" Turney
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it was hardly a trail more like a road..

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Elizabeth Harbin
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It’s funny reading the reviews. I did a portion of this trail last summer. Omg. That first bit was brutal! It was so hot and no cover. I drank all my water on that first bit. Crazy hot. It will be awesome once the planted pines get taller. After you make it through the gauntlet of scorched earth the wooded trail was nice. Unfortunately, I didn’t prepare or anticipate that first bit so I turned around after only 2 miles of the good stuff. If you can teleport over the logging trail, or go when it’s cold out this will be better for you.

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Autumn Huffman Blankenship
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this trail is not kid friendly. it was so hot and there was no shade for the beginning of the trail. this is like a 5am trail and DONT bring the kids. You will end up carrying them, sweating to death in the sun, and cussing your decision to do this trail at 10am.

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Lonnie Money
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So we got tired of riding out the ‘Rona (waiting out the Wuhan? Chillin’ through the Covid?) and decided to put in a few miles. This is a good place to do it. First mile is along an access road but the rest is a nice walk in the woods. Some along a small stream. A small rock fall. If you see this April 2020 - Go. There was a recent small fire - like last couple of weeks. Cleared out a lot of understory. Really neat to see the new growth emerging from the ash. Overall a good way to put in miles on a nice day. Note- ran across a tiny patch of quicksand on the dirt road about half a mile from the parking lit. Right rut (returning) so be careful. (Oddest place to see quicksand)

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Larry Hart
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Mild, sunny day, perfect for hiking. This trail is a lightly used, moderate level trail. The trail has 3 different types of terrain: 1. Sections of the trail follows improved/unimproved forestry roads and logging trails. 2. paths in bottom areas which trail along babbling brooks, murmuring streams, and through wet weather washes. 3. Hilly terrain which uses quite a few direct paths in addition to switchbacks on the trail. About 2 miles in is a stream large enough to require an improved walkbridge to cross, which has several little 1-2 ft. waterfall drops which are pretty. I would not recommend this trail during rainy periods, as some of the trail would require you to wade through washes filled with water and small streams up and over the path. Also, the Coosa trail has been lengthened to 11.7 miles and terminates at Wildlife Management Area Road 143 at Weogufka Creek. I stopped when I reached Mitchell Lake and hiked back. Final note-the trail runs through a Wildlife Managment Area, and hunters are in the woods until Turkey Season ends May 5, so you may want to check hunting seasons in the area prior to beginning your hike. I did encounter one hunter who was coming out while I was mid hike near Lake Mitchell.

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Jenipher McDonald
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This was a fun Getting back into it hike! I haven't had the chance to get on the trail in the last 3 months and this definitely knocked the cob webs down.... It should not be marked as an easy hike by any means, we only hiked in 5 miles, and I will definitely be back to see where the rest of the trail leadd... it had just been mowed too, so that was nice!

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Anita Rabidou
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This trail is no joke! The first 1.5 miles alone will likely dissuade the faint of heart. Visualize about a mile long, steep hill, on a road in the hot sun. The first time I did this trail I missed a marker from the road. If you live to see the marker that takes you off the road of death and into the woods it's really nice. However...this is a out and back trail so you have to face death road twice and it isn't better on the way back. Be careful around the 3 mile mark. The layers of pine straw is slick. I found this out the hard way and on the return had to slide down the hill (not on my feet either) because there was no grip. I would pack in water..well... actually... I would pack in a few things in case you know...you happen to slip on pine needles three miles into woods that aren't frequented by humans. This is June. Some places are very overgrown and I had to stop and look for markers to make sure I didn't get lost in the woods.

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Seth & Kristal Berry
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It’s definitely a work out.

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Anita Rabidou
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First off. Whoever rated this trail as EASY was smoking crack. I would rate it as moderate to difficult. Your happiness with this trail depends on what you want. If you want a trail to yourself..five stars. I like it because I run with a pack of four dogs. If you are looking for hills, this has them. My legs burn. Scenic. ..eh the trail is mostly a logging road as opposed to a trail. The trail/road is easy to follow though. The trailhead is easy to find and nice.

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joseph moore
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Rachel Surles
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Michelle Rigby
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Eric Lasseter
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Bryan Erickson
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Nova Biggs
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Tommy Simmons
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Clarence Simmons
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Eric Lasseter
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Libby Abrams
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Rachel Krauss
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Keith Coleman
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Elizabeth Harbin
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