Cooper Creek Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Suches, 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.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 272 feet Route Type: Loop

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over grown
18 days ago

This is a nice short walk in the woods. At this time there are many downed trees across the trail due to recent storms—all passable safely though by climbing over or around—actually added a nice challenge. Don’t be confused when reading the other reviews talking about another close by trail called cooper creek which is a part of the yellow mountain trail. This here trail is a 1.7 miles loop—trailhead is located directly across the road from a large parking lot along the creek. The longer more difficult trails are located on the left of the road before you get to the bridge once you have driven past the campgrounds

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1 month ago

I enjoyed this trail because you could hear the sounds of the creek the entire time. Unfortunately for us, it looks like a major storm ripped through the area very recently. We had to climb pass several huge fallen trees off trail. Some we just climbed through the dense limbs. Half the trail is very wide and very easy to walk.

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7 months ago

This area is great but here’s a little secret for anyone reading. Nearby to Coopers Creek is a an area labeled/known as the “Valley of the Giants”, but isn’t on AllTrails. It’s located on Cavender Gap road, around a mile in once it turns to gravel you pull off at the first road closed sign on your left.,You can search for more information online. This hike is a short one, around 1 and a half miles but is amazing. There are tons of large Poplars and Hemlock trees. Well worth the trip and is very easy. It’s on an old FS road. Happy hiking!

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over grown
10 months ago

Incorrect trail signage. Sign indicates right turn when trail actually goes left. Lightly traveled easy trail that needs a little maintenance. Nice warm up hike for nearby Mills Shoals to Yellow Mountain hike.

Sat Nov 10 2018

Pretty well maintained trail meanders above creek.

Mon Jul 23 2018

My 2 and 4 year old did it no problem, a bit over grown and quite a few trees down though.

running
Sat Apr 30 2016

First time I ran it, I got lost. Today I ran it with the new application. No problems whatsoever. I ran it counterclockwise. Ran the loop which was about 4.5 miles according to my Garmin watch. Mile one is at Shope gap trail. Mile two is at forest service road. Mile three is reentry into the woods off of the forest service road. That entrance back on the trail is easy to miss. Last mile and one half of the trail is the most pristine, undisturbed, and holy. Some of the fastest downhill I have ever run my entire trail running career. 1/2 mile into the trail this morning I had the distinct privilege of seeing a mother bear and her two cubs. They were 50 yards away and down a steep slope. Just glad I did not run directly into them. The second half of this trail makes it completely worthwhile.

running
Fri Apr 29 2016

Got lost. Good waterfalls.

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Mon Mar 07 2016

This area is really out of the way but has a nice "official" camping area and some "unofficial" sites around it that are even better. The rail system is actually 5 trails totaling just over 8 miles. This site is only talking about the yellow mountain trail, which truthfully, is the only trail really worth the effort. Yellow Mountain: Nice out and back or as part of a loop. 3.2 miles one way crossing a really nice large stream about 2.7 miles in. There is a great camping spot there. It is a nice climb up to the top of, I suppose, yellow mountain, then down across the stream and out to a FS road. Turn around and go same way for an out and back of 6.4 miles. I did this in the early spring/late winter with the leaves down and it was nice. I think with the leaves up, though, there will be no views and it will be pretty unremarkable. Take the first right on the way back for the ,6 mi Shope Gap, which takes you to Mill Shoals, which you can take for 2.4 miles back to within about 100 yards of where you went in on yellow mountain trail. Instead of 6.4 out and back you have about a 7.5mi loop. Hope Gap is boring, and the first mile of Mill Shoals is along a FS road, so boring. Pay attention on the left for a pretty well hidden trail sign to get off the road. It is easy to miss. The rest of Mill Shoals is interesting for the first half mile into the woods with some really nice stream crossings, but forgettable beyond that, especially considering the road hike. Take the second right back onto Cooper Creek trail for .4 and catch Mill Shoals in for about a 6 mile loop. The only advantage is you don't have to see the same scenery twice, and you get a few more steps in. ThereIs another Cooper Creek, which is a loop off of the parking area by the main river. It is 1.6 miles and is an OK walk in the woods if you are staying there. Don't make the trip for it. All in all, if you want an out of the way camping area with some nice day hikes, this wouldn't be a bad place. Beyond Yellow Mountain, though, you aren't getting much, especially considering the top notch trails nearby with the AT, AT connectors, and Brasstown Bald area. But, a day in the woods is always a nice day and my lab loved it for sure. https://www.facebook.com/groups/JasonHikingPage/

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