Coosa Bald is a 12.5 mile loop trail located near Suches, Georgia that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Winter Views, Waterfalls, Rolling Hills The summit of Coosa Bald is roughly halfway on this loop hike, and at 4,271 feet it has spectacular winter views. Unfortunately, the forest has encroached on the once barren area and it is not possible to see from the summit year round. Other features on the hike include a wilderness statue of Jesus Christ near Calf Stomp Gap and some scenic streams and waterfalls closer to Vogel State Park. This hike follows the Coosa Backcountry Trail and completes a loop hike that starts and ends at Vogel State Park and runs through the Blood Mountain Wilderness area. The 12.7 mile route shares portions of the trial with the Duncan Ridge and Bear Hair Gap Trails and it is a very challenging hike due to frequent ascents and descents in the rolling hills of North Georgia.
Hiked it Nov 13, 2016. Started very early morning and finished just before dark. This is a very strenous hike with a few steep ascents. Very challenging, but worth every step. One could easily turn this hike into an overnighter, but it's doable in one day if you start early and don't dawdle. The final few miles could use some better blazing. We weren't really certain we were on the right trail for a while. Luckily we had a map and a compass.
Depending on your agility this can take anywhere from 8-10 hours so come prepared.
Great hike! Started late at 2pm and ran out of daylight and battery life. Cut it short and ran back down the road to the lake in the dark. Was still around 11 miles that took me approximately 4 hours.
Probably my favorite trail in Georgia. Definitely very strenuous and challenging, but it can be done in one day despite not being recommended (a couple friends and I completed it in 7 hours). Awesome views in the winter. I wouldn't recommend using the map from the visitors center, as it was pretty confusing.
This trail is as tough as it gets in the North GA mountains. Be prepared to climb! Defiantly my favorite trail to run.
A fantastic trail! They recommend that you make it an overnight trip; but, it can be done in a day, took me just over 8hrs to complete with a 40lb pack. If you park at the Vogel State Park camping area ($3 parking), it's about 2.5 miles to the trail head, adding just over 5 miles to the hike. Definitely a strenuous hike, but well worth it!
This is a great hike. We went clockwise versus counter as suggested. I think it works better. Good climb to start going up Slaughter Mtn but not that steep. Reasonable. The final climb up Coosa was a little steep but manageable. Beautiful views in Winter. Took about 7 hours with my 17 and 14 year old sons. We ate lunch just off Coosa where Coosa and Duncan Ridge trails diverge. Was great!
Finished this trail today in about 6 hours. It Definitely was strenuous. There are lots of campsites on the way if you want to stay overnight. I was fine in just a sweatshirt for it being mid December. Amazing views.
I did this hike In a day, definitely would rate this hike strenuous! Great hike tho, many great views on the way. Was told black bears where seen recently, didn't see any tho.