Appalachian Trail: Tesnatee Gap to Cow Rock Mountain

MODERATE 16 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.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
662 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

hiking
19 days ago

Solid short easy trail. It’s a decent ascent on the way up, but it’s short and the hike down is super easy. Once you get to the first view keep walking for a hundred yards or so and an even better view opens up on the left side

hiking
24 days ago

Fairly easy trail. Just uphill 90% of the way in. Coming out is a breeze. has a great view from summit. I went on a foggy day and the trail can seem spooky like a Stephen King novel. Paved parking at trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this Trail, or a good bit of it, in May. It was in the upper 60's, but felt warmer. We were glad we made the stop here.
The hike was just challenging enough for what we were looking for, I would rate it a difficult moderate. There are some great camp sites that we want to check out on our next trip and we have more time. Watch out for snakes around some of the rocky areas. We saw a couple rattlers and a pair of copperheads. We ran into several others on our way, and met some great people. Those couple of ice cold beers we had in a cooler in the truck when we made it to the parking area were a perfect ending.

hiking
4 months 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.

4 months ago

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!

hiking
7 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.

hiking
8 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.

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