Big Poplar Loop

MODERATE 21 reviews
#7 of 13 trails in

Big Poplar Loop is a 8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near County Line, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,223 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

backpacking
2 months ago

My girlfriend and I really liked this trail. First of all, being that it’s in F.D. Roosevelt state park, you have to register at the office, pay $10 per adult per night to camp, and sign up for your camp site ahead of time (in case you leave trash they’ll cite you). We were unaware of that, so I wanted to make sure future overnight hikers knew. We started at the Fox Den Cove parking lot (make a right out of the registration office and it’s right off the road on the left). This spot is at mile marker 6.2 of the Pine Mountain Trail. We hiked 3.1 miles the first evening to the Beech Bottom Campsite. It was fairly easy but very rocky so I recommend trekking poles in case you trip or lose your balance. A few parts have you on the edge of a pretty steep cliff, so definitely keep your dog leashed if you bring them. There are ample water sources, so you’re probably fine with a 1L capacity but bring a water bladder or another bottle to filter with because it’s not the clearest water. I also recommend a small cup to scoop water, because 90% of the water sources are shallow creeks without any tiny waterfalls to capture water. It was very difficult to get my CNOC Vecto full without scooping water into it with my hand. The Beech Bottom Campsite is very nice (I didn’t get a great look at the others, but I’m sure they’re fine). There was tons of water around this site which was created a nice ambiance but definitely bring your bug spray or bring something to start a fire in the fire pit. We did notice tons of little ground bees along with a few carpenter bees and a very large and curious bee that hung around us and our equipment the next morning. We weren’t stung, but I think they got joy from flying past our ears making us jump. After we broke camp in the morning, we started on the remaining 4.7 miles. This section is much more difficult than the first part. It’s a lot of uphill hiking. Overall it’s a nice trail. Very well marked and pretty diverse as far as Georgia goes (rocky sections, pine forest parts, dense humid jungle-ish areas, and breezy grassy sections). I would definitely call this more moderate than easy. We’re 25 and 24 and active, and we found it pretty challenging especially carrying 20-25 lb packs. I’m excited to see this section of trail again when we hike the full PMT.

hiking
4 months ago

Definitly not a bike trail! Avoid this trail if you’re trying to go on a bike ride.

backpacking
6 months ago

me and my 2 dogs and my sister and her boyfriend started at fox den and went to the beech bottom campsite and spent the night and hiked out the next morning to the road and took it back instead of doing the whole loop. we had a good time and there is plenty of good cold water to purify so you really don't have to carry a whole lot with you. the hike was nice but very tiring with 50 lb backpacks on. that's why we decided to take the road back to the parking spot instead of doing the whole loop. nice trail overall.

8 months ago

Not really easy; I would call it moderate.

backpacking
11 months ago

Great trail! Beech Bottom campsite has great water access and is a nice secluded retreat. Sawtooth trail was fun - uphill sections with heavy pack can be tiring. Highly recommend!

backpacking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Great trail but not super easy. Grab your backpack and dog then hit this trail for a secluded overnight adventure.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Nice hike, ran out of time so took the road back.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Well marked for miles. You can make this trip as long as you like.

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