Appalachian Trail: Tesnatee Gap to Cow Rock Mountain

MODERATE 8 reviews

Appalachian Trail: Tesnatee Gap to Cow Rock Mountain is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hood, Georgia that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.8 miles
682 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips




5 days ago

Hiked from Tesnatee to Wolf laurel top and back. Nice hike with two good views. One view at cow rock which is at .8 miles then next view at Wolf Laurel top at about the 2 mile mark. I would rate as moderate physically.

We loved this trail for the first mile in, but then, just past the second overlook, we encountered a bear. It was in a tree and came down about forty feet from the trail. It was crazy, we smelled bear scat the rest of the way down (which was traveled a bit faster than going up!) The trail itself, however, and the views at Cow Rock were incredible. If you go, take your bear spray!

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3 months ago

Super fun and easy hike! Tons of rock formations along the way to the top, and a few look out spots. However none of the lookouts are as great as the top, the peak of Cowrock has a gorgeous view that stretches endlessly. Large, steep and rolling green hills in the summer create a stunning backdrop. Just a few miles to Raven Cliff Falls, you could do both hikes in the same day.

4 months ago

Beautiful walk along the AT. Great views to the south and east northeast from the rock outcrop at the top. See Atlanta to the south on a clear day if you look hard enough.