Cook's Trail

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Cook's Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Athens, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers 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 but must be kept on leash.

7.5 miles
226 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers

The Boardwalk portion of this trail is closed for repairs.

2 days ago

Hiked on 3.16.18 - all boardwalks have been repaired from storm damage last year. The trail is very susceptible to flooding since most of it follows the Sandy Creek basin. Bring insect repellent because gnats are everywhere. I sprayed Off once when arriving and was never bitten. Trail is mostly flat with lots of exposed roots, so watch your step.

3 months ago

Great trail in the Athens area. The trail is mostly flat and easy terrain. Distance from Sandy Creek Park to Nature Center is about 4.1 miles. Round trip 8.2.

8 months ago

WOW, what a great little gem. Very well kept up. Granted we hiked it after daily rain we have had, so some parts were a little muddy. Quite flat but the boardwalks are nice. YES this entire trail,is open. Saw one huge river otter, couple of blue herons, a turtle and a bunny. Will definately go back.

Easy and nice

9 months ago

NOT CLOSED. One of the more interesting trails I have hiked. Flat the entire length until you get to either end. Lots of wildlife. Boardwalks over much of the wetter parts. Clean and well maintained. Combined with Lake Chapman, makes an easy day hike.

10 months ago

This trail has reopened

trail running
Sunday, October 30, 2016

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.

Monday, September 19, 2016

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.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

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.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

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!

trail running
Saturday, December 27, 2014

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.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

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).

Thursday, June 28, 2012

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.

Friday, March 02, 2012

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.

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