Cook's Trail [CLOSED] is a 7.6 mile out and back trail located near Athens, Georgia and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
The Boardwalk portion of this trail is closed for repairs.
This trail has reopened
It was a relatively flat trail with only a couple of very slight elevations. Also, there was only a few trip hazard areas with large tree roots sticking out of the ground. It was pretty secluded with a lot of shade. It was perfect for trail running. However the boardwalk about a mile in is now closed for repairs.
Heads-up - the trail is now closed in the middle due to damage to the boardwalk. You can still get about a mile starting from Sandy Creek Nature Center, or something over 2 miles if you start from Sandy Creek Park.
Trail is easy with very little elevation change other than the mile or so closest to Sandy Creek Park. In season, the mosquitos are nightmarish, even with repellent. Still, it's a lovely trail.
Muddy trail, and we had to turn back about a mile from the Nature Center because it was completely washed out and my dog can't do the whole log-bridge thing. Overall though I love walking this trail every chance I get.
The Cooks Trail hike in Oct. right after many days of rain a couple of weeks earlier expected it to be sloppy. Was not sloppy. Was pleasantly surprised at the lack of mud. Wonderful hike right by Sandy Creek, flat and lots of plants and vegetation. No wildlife this time.
Named after an amazing man who has made and continues to up keep over 80 trails. He is an icon in the hiking community Dr Walter Cook, we thank you!
Nice soft trail with 3 hills - 1 at the beginning, the middle, and the end entering Sandy Creek Park. The majority of the 2nd mile is spent on a very long boardwalk that my knees didn't enjoy due to erosion which has caused parts of the boardwalk to tilt to one side or the other.
A great trail in the Athens area. Right along Sandy Creek for most of the way, it is a nice secluded trail (even if you can still hear cars from a nearby highway).
This is a nice leisurely little day hike. The path is well worn and easy to follow. The foot traffic was really light the day I went, I only saw one other person. It is relatively flat for the majority of the trail. It shouldn't take the full 4 hrs plus suggested online. It took me about 2 1/2 hrs, but did have a decent walking pace for the whole trail. The terrain is easy, and actually probably about 1/4 of the trail is covered with a wooden sidewalk. There are a bunch of side trials especially around the sandy creek nature center end, that could be used to mix the trail up as almost all of them loop back in to the trail.
This is actually 8.2 miles round-trip (4.1 miles one way). You can start at either Sandy Creek Park or Sandy Creek Nature Center, but must turn around and go back on the same trail as this is an out-and-back, not a loop. The trail is very flat with only a couple of slight hills as you get close to either end. There are some tree roots in a few places, but nothing too difficult to maneuver, in fact I run on part of this trail all the time.
Unless you walk really slow or stop a lot, it really shouldn't take 4.5 hours. It's taken me just over 3 both times I did it and that was at a pretty leisurely pace.
A nice little hike just outside of Athens.