Cochran Shoals Trail

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Cochran Shoals Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Atlanta, Georgia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.9 miles
206 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking

paddle sports

road biking

trail running






1 month ago

Went in July 2018. Very flat. Took one of the early side trails and the trail was just a bit flooded (2ish inches deep water). We took our 1 and 3 year old on the walk. 3 year old had no trouble for over a mile (great for him). There were some surprisingly very low traffic areas off the main trail. Lots of flowers and butterfly once you get off the main trail. Parking lot was VERY busy on a Sunday morning at 945.

3 months ago

Really enjoyed my walk here. Beautiful scenery. Lots of people but still quiet enough. Loved it!

4 months ago

Nice shaded path for running. Very busy on the weekends, but the trails are wide enough for everyone. Off the wide main paths, there are smaller trails for biking and people who want a more strenuous hike.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

I give it a 5 for what I use it for most — a good place to walk my dog. It’s right around the corner from my house so I come here a lot. If you’ve never been here before, expect a lot of walkers and runners and some bikes. Lots of dogs, kids, an easy trail with only about one very minimal incline, a few wooden platforms overlooking the river, nice scenery, but not a “hike.”

trail running
Friday, September 29, 2017

Flat and easy run. Very safe with lots of shade. Also very pet friendly. Will definitely be back

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Great trail. Fun hike

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Flat and great for running or walking

mountain biking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Nice level ride and good workout

mountain biking
Friday, May 05, 2017

nice loop to add to the Sope Creek trail for a good workout on the mountain bike

mountain biking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Excellent place for beginner bikers. Beautiful scenery.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Been there last wee with my dogs.
Nice trail.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Such a great place... Beautiful scenery.. Lots of trails..

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Starts out on a gravel trail. It's gets better once you get off of it and into the woods.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Very cool trail by the Chattahoochee

Sunday, September 13, 2015

I work right up the road and pass this each day. It is a wonderful place to walk, hike, bike ride and just a relaxing place to enjoy the scenery.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Breathtaking. Seems remote, but safe at the same time. Would never know you are just on the outskirts of a big city like Atlanta.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Great hike to see birds and otters on the river.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

This trail was awesome! It was a little crowded on main trail so we took the first off shoot we came to which lead to an awesome winding hike. The awesome part of this trail is that it had several different off shoots. Trails were very well maintained except for several animal poop bags- where pet owners were too lazy to place in designated recepticles. This trail was full of dogs and kids on bikes. I suggest you go early to avoid weekend crowds, or go during the week.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

This is a really beautiful hike once you get off of the main trail. On the interior of the trail where no bikes are permitted, it is lush and private. The exterior trail is far too busy for my taste, and I didn't think I was going to like the trail at all when it started out. The interior trails are very well marked, and don't seem to be traveled frequently. Some of the off shoots are fairly over grown, and you can't walk them without having plant life consume you from the knees down. It is a bit swampy, so watch for snakes and poison flora. There's much to see here in the way of plant life and it's a truly beautiful trail. Relatively easy as well.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 27, 2014

Really enjoyed the mountain bike trail. I'd definitely do it again!

trail running
Monday, March 31, 2014

I've run every trail in the system out here. It's great because it's convenient to metro Atlanta, and you can get some good elevation change to build up your legs for ultras! Moderately technical in places, but nothing over the top. If you love trail running, you'll love it here. Just get off the shale loop as quickly as possible; it stays to busy with dog walkers and strollers (no offense to pet lovers and moms).

trail running
Saturday, January 04, 2014

3 mile loop plus 6-7 on Cochran shoal/sope creek trails. Some of best trail running in metro Atlanta.

Monday, May 13, 2013

This is a fantastic trail(s). There are many different trails that are for hiking and biking. Some trails are more difficult than others, but, not too hard for a healthy person. Great views of the river and a little swamp with nice animal views.

rock climbing
Friday, July 20, 2012


mountain biking
Thursday, April 19, 2012

This trail is great for a quick Mtn bike ride! Love posting up next to the lake in the middle of my ride.

mountain biking
Sunday, February 19, 2012

Gets pretty congested on a Saturday or Sunday but still well maintained and fun trails.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Great trail! It is limestone not paved which is better if you are running. U can easily run 8 to 10 miles. There a lot of hidden trails all over. You have to pay to park at the trail head 3 bucks a day. They WILL give you a ticket!

Friday, January 06, 2012

I love this place. the trails here connect with the sope creek trails so tou can spend a lot of time in here. today my husband and I hiked around for about 9 miles.

1 day ago

recorded Cochran Shoals Trail

mountain biking
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