Gold Branch Trail

MODERATE 180 reviews
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Gold Branch Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marietta, Georgia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

3.8 miles
452 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running





wild flowers



Walking system of walking trails either along or near the Chattahoochee River.

5 days ago

Do ALL of it. Both sides of the dam.

25 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes that’s super close to home. I do this hike about twice a week for a nice little cardio exercise. Not too many difficult hills, balanced in general. Usually very peaceful, not a ton of people here on a weekday afternoon.

1 month ago

Spent Saturday afternoon in early March on the trail with my Golden Retriever. Nice view of the river through out. Less traffic gets little challenging in the 2nd half. Overall a fantastic way to spend your afternoon

2 months ago

Can’t wait to come back and do this Trail in the spring. Lovely views of the river, nice woods, moderately challenging terrain. Lovely

3 months ago

moderate hike with good views and friendly people

4 months ago

Did an orienteering course here. Snow on the ground and freezing temperatures. Much of orienteering is off-trail. While you can hike, walk, etc., this was an "orienteering" event, an activity you cannot select. Trying out AllTrails, SkiTrax seems better.

4 months ago

Fantastic views and moderate slopes. Great for a weekend afternoon.

6 months ago

This was a nice hike and a little bit more of a work out, which was good. About half the loop was on the water, I just wish I had gone the full loop. I went 3 miles this morning.

6 months ago

A nice, peaceful hike that I think is best enjoyed in the cooler months of the year. ( It was perfect this mid October morning) Very quiet with great views of the lake. A little narrow in some parts and there was a small section where you had to scramble over rocks.

6 months ago

Beautiful forest with lake views!

7 months ago

Best trail near our home, not too crowded during the week.

7 months ago

One of my favorite intown hikes.

8 months ago

Great trail. Landscape completely unexpected

9 months ago

Great in-town trail. I do 6 miles here on a weekly basis. Lots of elevation changes for a good interval workout. Never very crowed - but lock all valuable in trunk - cars get broken into on a too frequent basis.

9 months ago

Nothing special. Just some trails along the water and through high vegetation.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Solid day hiking trail, finished in a couple hours. Easy to moderate difficulty, good views of the river.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Would be nice to have a couple of benches and a portable toilet at the beginning. Tough great workout with my Fitbit.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Beautiful area along the river. Multiple loops make it easy to make it as long or short as you'd like. Good for kids (4 and 2) and lots of dogs.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Had a great hike today with my dog. The entire trail is about 3.5 miles around but there are numerous alternate routes. Some of the Trail is flat and wide but the majority is narrow, rocky, and winding. About 2/3 follows the water.

The Trail description says it is moderately trafficked but on my hike I was completely alone.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Multiple trail routes, some section are very nice.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Great trail with multiple route options. Have to pay to use but well maintained. Can be crowded on weekends.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Always love to scramble a bit on a hike - I find the technical concentration is a great way to exercise my brain along with my body. Not sure I'd call this a true "scramble", but you're definitely climbing over rocks and have to pay attention to your footwork. A fun trail that adds a little bit of a challenge without upping the difficulty too much.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

my weekly walk. . Very nice loop on the river.

Friday, July 01, 2016

I love this trail! Easy and beautiful. Nice River and lake views and lots of birds. Very serene.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Great Trail!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Technical trail. Wear proper shoes and make sure to bring water (of course). Lots of ups and downs and walking along the river was really great. When I went there, it was very humid day so I sweat 10 ldb out and needed lots of water. Beautiful canopy and you will walk on roots a lot.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Fantastic hike. good views, good difficulty. only slight is there are a few small sections dangerously narrow for how high they are. found between markers 7 and 8.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Nice trail along the river. Lots of Beaver activity.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Very close to my Atlanta home. In summer this hike can be "buggy". Bring your repellant. The back stretch is on the river. Some moderate accents provide challenges. I recommend a light hiking boot. Good canopy for shade. Well attended year round. Closed at night. I train on it for back packing or just walking the dog.

trail running
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Best kept secret in East Cobb. Scenic, slightly technical (in places) trail that makes you forget you're in "the big city". A lot of single track so if you're dog isn't friendly, this isn't the place for your dog.

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