Arkaquah Trail is a 11.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Blairsville, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length11.3 miElevation gain3,713 ftRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyBackpackingCampingHikingWalkingrunningForestPartially pavedViewsWildflowersWildlifeBlowdown
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34.87416, -83.81159

Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism, P.O. Box 1776, 285 Peachtree Center Avenue NE , Atlanta, GA, 30301, Phone: 404-656-3590

Directions from Blairsville: Take US 19 and 129 south from Blairsville for 8 miles. Turn left (east) onto Georgia 180. Go 8 miles and turn left (north) onto Georgia 180 Spur. Follow this road 3 miles to the Brasstown Bald Visitor Center parking lot. Visitors should stop by the Brasstown Ranger District, or call 706-745-6928 for more information on these trails.

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Wayne Walk Jr.
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HikingBlowdownIcyMuddy

Very challenging. I rate it as difficult. Icy and very treacherous in one place. Muddy on the way back down. Not much parking at the trailhead. Details: At 1.7 miles I made it to the ridge line with a first view of the sunrise, that took an hour. Ran into a very icy area around 3.3 miles in. At 5.9 miles, I reached the parking area. Finally at the top at 6.7 miles. I tracked 13.38 total miles round trip using my Fitbit, which has been more accurate than my GPS.

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Sam Faure
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

This trail has some pretty serious incline, but it's absolutely worth it. Once you get on the ridge you start seeing snow and incredible veiws everywhere. If you can get through the first 1.5 miles everything else is pretty easy. It took me a little over 5 and a half hours to complete.

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stefanie reese
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

It was the SNOW and views for me! Hiked here on Sunday, January 10, 2021! About 1/2 mile in we reached snow and as we continued to climb to the ridge line it was like a winter wonderland. The ridge offered 360 degree views. The hike is a beautiful hike there are some downed trees and areas you have to crouch through. We made it up about 3 miles and headed back down. Will definitely be back to complete the other half. Throughly enjoyed our snowy hike it was such a beautiful day.

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Kat Peters
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The map recording did not start until we'd gained some altitude due to tech problems. We were not able to complete the hike to Brasstown due to other difficulties but will definitely return. Doubled back down to the trailhead and went into the unmarked trails near Track Rock across the street, hence the wacky recording. Beautiful day, nonetheless.

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William Lumm
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HikingBlowdownGreat!IcySnow

This is an excellent trail to test your mettle. The trailhead begins with a 1.5 mile ascent to the ridge line gaining ~1300 feet in elevation. Once along the ridge, you can expect some great views but you’ll have to work for it. The recent storms from earlier in 2020 fell many trees along the path, including quite a bit of mountain laurel. Expect to spend a bit of time crouching to pass through these areas. Second, there is a section of the trail that requires a steep climb using a rope hoist/guideline due to a re-route. This was a bit challenging, especially in the snow. Other than that, we had a blast and look forward to hiking it again.

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Yossi Sadowsky
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Snowy :)

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Jada Dobbs
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Awesome

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Sammy Cannon
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Hiking

Heck yea!!

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Hanna Burnett
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HikingGreat!IcyRockyScrambleSnow

Gorgeous. Came with my dog in December 2019 and had to turn around early to get out before dark. We brought my husband this time, on December 26, 2020, and went the whole way (although we still ended up hiking out in the dark, which was especially dicey at the end). There was some unexpected snow, which was fun, and quite a bit of ice, which is probably why there was hardly anyone at the bald, so we got to enjoy it without the crowds (although I can easily imagine it packed with tourists on a nicer day—the parking lot is enormous). The first 1.5 miles is hard and there’s a section further in that’s pretty steep and slippery with a somewhat untrustworthy-looking rope you can use for help (I used it and survived). It’s absolutely worth the challenge though. Beautiful the whole way and a great workout. The trailhead is across the street from the parking lot.

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Stewart Cooper
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Dale Johnson
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Dieter Jaeger
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Hiking

Beautiful ridge hike after first ascent. A few slippery patches.

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Lynsey Johnson
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Hard but worth it

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Nick Stantzos
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HikingGreat!

I hiked this trail on 12/16. The trail was well kept, there was only one fallen tree that we had to step over to continue along the trail. With the winter season, the lack of leaves on the trees provided for some visibility and nice views of the surrounding areas, though I can imagine that during any other season the views would be limited. There was a nice lunch spot about 4.6 miles in (if you started from Trackrock Gap Rd), but be warned: the first few miles are a pretty difficult climb. The views from the top of Brasstown Bald are very pretty and well worth the strenuous effort (though the less inclined could just drive to the parking lot up there). Be warned: All Trails is not kidding when it says that this is a hard trail! We completed the trail (with numerous stops) in around 6.5 hours.

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Gabriel Hutson
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HikingIcy

I cannot recommend trekking poles enough. Long trail out and back, but it offers some great views! Be sure to carry plenty of water! I only found a small run off to filter.

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Erin McMahon
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very icy especially around the downed trees obscuring the trail. I recommend bringing poles on this one.

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Walt Cochran
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Hiking

This is an awesome trail but not for beginners. The first couple of miles is relentless elevation gain. There are great views in all directions. I was fortunate enough to go after the leaves had dropped and there were many icicles on the mountain side. Plan for longer than you expect and take lots of provisions.

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