Gold Branch Trail

MODERATE 221 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.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
452 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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

hiking
1 day ago

Good workout! We took our 3yr old along (he spends a lot of time hiking) and he enjoyed it, too.

5 days ago

Trail was kinda rough and saw a large snake so was nervous for the rest of hike.

hiking
6 days ago

Solid trail for a quick hike that’s not too far from Atlanta. Rolling hills and some narrow stretches to keep things interesting but nothing too crazy. Good for all ages.

trail running
26 days ago

challenging enough to be fun :) some decent views, lots of birds. some great spots for running & leaping over roots

hiking
29 days ago

This is an excellent hike for a lazy Sunday afternoon. The trail system is well marked and maintained. Trail follows the river for a good portion of the hike. We didn't see many people at all on the sunny Sunday afternoon.

1 month ago

Great little trail! Good elevation changes, river views, and trails well maintained.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was well marked. We hiked the full loop. Very hilly, rooty, and overall a great workout! Loved it, I will be back

hiking
2 months ago

Going the whole trail, sometimes the path is difficult to see. Going all the way, get ready to climb around a large fallen tree (or climb thru the large hole that the tree left).
It is nice and cool, especially by the water with wind blowing. STOP, take time to admire the forest.

hiking
3 months ago

Great workout. The trail is well-maintained. However, there is a great deal of uneven terrain and quite a few obstacles (lots of roots, downed trees, etc.). Beautiful views of Bull Sluice Lake and the surrounding area. Even on a Sunday afternoon it wasn't very crowded.

hiking
3 months ago

Great loop trail. Well-marked throughout with lots of little areas that take you the water edge. Path gets incredibly narrow along water. Lots of wildlife. Be mindful of your steps - very “root-y” through almost entire trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Great place for dogs!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with scenic views of both the river and wildlife. Numerous turtles and geese fill the area with life.

3 months ago

Great hike! Lots of climbing and a good workout! Beautiful!!!

hiking
4 months 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.

5 months 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

6 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

6 months ago

moderate hike with good views and friendly people

8 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.

8 months ago

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

hiking
9 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.

9 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.

10 months ago

Beautiful forest with lake views!

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

One of my favorite intown hikes.

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Great trail. Landscape completely unexpected

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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.

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, March 27, 2017

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

hiking
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.

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