Lake Zwerner (aka Yahoola Creek Reservoir)

MODERATE 79 reviews

Lake Zwerner (aka Yahoola Creek Reservoir) is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dahlonega, Georgia that features a river 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.

3.2 miles
433 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

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Lake Zwerner Trail is a looping trail around the Yahoola Creek Reservoir at the outskirts of Dahlonega GA. Beautiful lake & amazing mountain views. The trail twists & turns around the lake & through the woods Lake Zwerner Trail is a good challenge for the casual hiker. The scenery is amazing. There are some challenging areas where the trail gets steep (50%). But to break up the hike, there are several benches, a couple of picnic areas, and two swings benches. The trail between the two parking areas is beside hwy 19. The trail north of the north parking area is gravel. The majority of the trail is packed uneven dirt with exposed rocks and roots. There are several streams that flow into the lake. The Lake is popular for fishing from the shore and from boat. You will see canoes, kayaks and paddle boards. UNG uses the lake to train their sculling team.

4 months ago

Beautiful trail with surprising little vignettes to pause and take in the views. Excellent workout

4 months ago

This is a nice walk. It’s more like a walk through the woods vs a hike. No views or nice scenery.

4 months ago

No switchbacks a lot of straight up and down and not much reward for the effort.
but it is well maintained.

7 months ago

had an awesome time fishing over the summer. beautiful lake.

11 months ago

Hiked this a few months ago and enjoyed the peaceful environment. Enough up and downhills to get your heart pumping but not too strenuous.

11 months ago

Great relaxing hike. Beautiful scenery. You do have to walk along the side of a busy highway if you make the loop, but it feels so remote as soon as you hit the trail.

11 months ago

Great trail for a short hike. Nice incline. To make the full loop you have to hike along the highway. Dog friendly!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

More work than I expected but it was beautiful.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Great place to hike with a few sneaky little hills!

Friday, August 04, 2017

The scenery is pretty rather than spectacular, and the trail has enough loose stones that I turned my ankle several times. Still, I'll be back.

Note: If you go clockwise around the lake, the last third or more is a fast, easy walk.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Good trail. Couple challenging hills. Nice trail for a close workout. Very nice lake.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

A good workout! Lots of hills and climbing, hiking stick would be helpful. Lovely, thick, dense foliage! Well maintained. Close to town, and not far from the road but can feel very isolated. My 12 year old daughter and I walked it on a wet day and really enjoyed it. We walked counter clockwise, parking at the spill way and that might be a slight bit easier with more downhill, lots of hills either way. Not certain I would walk it alone, took about 1.75 hours and saw maybe 11 people on the trail. Had to walk on the road to get back to our car at the spillway.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

This is such a pretty trail and has been maintained to have good drainage.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Love this hike! Beautiful scenery. Good workout but still enjoyable.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Nice hike

trail running
Monday, March 13, 2017

Challenging run loop.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

very nice hike-

Monday, October 24, 2016

Very nice views of the lake from every angle of the trail. A few steep hills to climb, but nothing too bad. It was a nice and shaded walk around. Only complaint would be the loose rocks on the trail that turns waking into skidding.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Really enjoyed this trail with a friend today. We are just starting regular hiking and the distance and changes in elevation made for a good moderate workout. Will definitely do again and try it from the opposite direction.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

We live nearby and try to hike the reservoir once a week or so. Shaded, well trod, and has enough hills to be a challenging walk/hike. It takes us a little over an hour to complete the full loop. The last portion walks alongside a road and goes over a bridge but is plenty wide and we've never had an issue.

Monday, September 12, 2016

We live 2 miles away and walk this trail often. Great for dogs. Takes us ~1 hr to walk.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Liked this trail. Once away from the highway it has some inclines and descents. As stated below it is shaded and there are several lake views. Plenty on places to rest if needed. I wouldn't call this a loop trail. We hiked about 2.5 miles and then turned back when it appeared that the "loop" requires a portion along the highway.

trail running
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Absolutely loved it! About a 50 min drive from flowery branch but totally worth it! Almost the whole thing is shaded! Beautiful lake and trail! Just enough incline to really work out the calves when running. Dog loves it too! Will for sure be going back!

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Nice shady trail. Start at dock and go clockwise the inclines are easier that way.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Fairly easy. A few inclines. Nice clean lake for the dog to get in and out of all the way around the lake.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Very easy if you start at the boat dock side! Only 2-3 major steep hills to climb. Very pretty!

30 days ago

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