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Bear Creek Red Loop

MODERATE 101 reviews
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Bear Creek Red Loop is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palmetto, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.2 miles
456 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips







Single track trail shared between hikers and bikers. Signs at the trailhead indicate that bikes should yield to hikers. Please share the trail respectfully.

7 days ago

It’s nice, the gnats were pretty bad today, but overall it’s a great trail for hiking. Pretty good for biking, a couple of steeper parts but overall good. This is a good trail but there are probably better trails at Cochran Mill Park.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Completed it on a sunny Saturday and only saw a few bikers and horses. Waterfalls and butterflies. Credit card option for 5$ parking fee which is nice and clearly goes to maintaining the park. Restrooms were clean and maintained.

mountain biking
over grown
3 months ago

3 months ago

4 months ago

Stunningly beautiful. Lots of different trails to follow

4 months ago

Awesome trail and beautiful waterfall

5 months ago

easy hike

6 months ago

I would classify this trail as "easy" rather than "moderate." The payoff at the falls is nice, but large stretches of the trail system are devoted to mountain biking, making for lots of long switchbacks, which aren't really hiker-friendly.

nature trips
6 months ago

This was a beautiful trail but 3 miles of the trail is nonexistent due to downed trees and lack of upkeep. Thed trail across the road from parking has the most beautiful scenery and most waterfalls. Looks like they are cleaning up the back part of the trail, but highly recommend going at least once.

nature trips
7 months ago

love it.

7 months ago

my daughter and I hiked the yellow trail. Beautiful day, very nice trails.

9 months ago

Been walking this trail since I was a kid. The back end of the trail really needs some clean up from downed trees. But I would recommend this to anyone. It’s worth the 5$ parking :)

10 months ago

beautiful hike! map was a little confusing especially the yellow Trail but it was all good.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Muddy. Good shorty/mid workout.

11 months ago

Great trail for hiking.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Walked the orange trail with my daughters. Had a good time, nice trails beautiful waterfalls.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

EASY trail thru the woods. Very well marked. A lot of mountain bikers.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Hiked the red trail today that came in a little over 6 miles including all the loops. The falls were very pretty and the paths were great. Lots of bikers on this trail. Would definitely go back.

trail running
Friday, March 02, 2018

Pretty cool trail run park, I followed the yellow trail and ran about 12k. Paid $5 bucks to park. I would definitely come back.

Monday, October 23, 2017

It’s beautiful here and peaceful. There’s a waterfall and a nice trail.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Maps and trail markings are unclear.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Took the yellow trail. Easy hike. Not much to see. Great for Mtn. Bikers. Map doesn't match trails.

mountain biking
Friday, August 11, 2017

Orange and green trail were very rocky and rooty in quite a few spots. Lots of downed trees and obstacles since all the unsettled weather as of late. Yellow rail was much faster and less obstructed. Didn't have time to do the whole yellow or any of the red. Will definitely go back!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Beautiful! A little bit of everything. Kids loved climbing around the rocks and waterfall.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Pretty easy hiking, the falls at the end of the yellow trial are a good spot to take a break and eat a lunch. The map that the park has in there is not up to date and there are a lot of improvised trials. Watch out for the snakes at the falls too.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I liked this trail. It was quiet and the waterfall was nice. I've found some difficulties to see where to cross the river to continue on the red trail, i had to pass on a tree, so i recommend to follow the red trail from the start and not the yellow one. Also, i did the green trail which was nice but much more busy. I recommend to see the fall close to the parking lot, accross the road, at 10mn walking distance. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

If you call yourself an avid hiker this trail is quite simple. Not much elevation change. Better suited for a cross country run/jog. The yellow trail is super easy. If you walk up Cochran mill road to hit the red trail it's more of a workout but still quite simple. If you live nearby I suggest it for a nice hike before or after work

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Great hiking area with nice mixtures of pine and hardwood forests. I hiked early in the morning and really enjoyed the numerous songbirds. Most of the trails are well worn but a good map and sense of direction is a must. Trail blazes and markers help at intersections. I am not sure I would rate this as moderate, more easy. I tried to make it to one of the higher points in the area but misread the yellow trail map and couldn't connect across the creek. Hiked about 6 miles.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Very nice trails, but not sure about the out and back part. We did a loop that was around 6 miles. Had some nice elevation change. Maybe there are different areas of Cochran Mill?

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