North Pocket Loop Trail is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chickamauga, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. 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.

Length9.7 miElevation gain1,863 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashBackpackingHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsRunningForestViewsWaterfallMuddyOver grownRocky
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Randall Hayes
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Dylan Beckham
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BackpackingRocky

Enjoyable going clockwise. As many others have said winter/spring are probably the best — in early spring wildflowers line the trail and the view of the cove is unobscured. Leave no trace

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Gary Cims
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Sam McKnight
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We hiked it going up the South Pocket trail and back down the North Pocket Trail. After we passed the water fall a half mile in, we saw one other couple the rest of the way. Love the solitude. Walking in early March gave great views the entire way. This is a moderate trail. The payoff at High Point was a little disappointing, and honestly there were some great rock ledges we should have stopped at for lunch about two tenths of a mile before reaching High Point. I would not recommend this hike in the summer. I think you would have zero views, even at High Point.

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Randall Hayes
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Paula Guffey
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James Waycasie
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HikingBlowdown

Great workout! Lot of inclines and scenery.

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Po Chan
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it rained the day before, part of the trial are muddy and being also a horse trial, one should watch out for horse poop as the can be big and silppery

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Lee Camp
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John Gaskins
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Hiking

Once I got my bearings straight it went well. Nice climb!

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Jenny Hopkins
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Hiked the loop clockwise. Fairly well marked. Some overgrowth. Forgot to hit the start record button until after passing the 1 mile marker.

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David McDaniel
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Whew!

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Randall Hayes
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Steve Alexander
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Horseback ridingGreat!Over grownRocky

Difficult trail in some places, not for the beginner on horseback. After leaving the parking area, go up Pocket trail( road) to top of waterfall. The south side of the Pocket Loop trail will be on the right. We continued up the road about 100 yards just past a small pond and turned left onto the trail, (north section). The trail goes about 200 yards and then crosses a small field. The trail continues into the woods in the upper right hand corner of the field and follows a stream bed. The trail is rough, rocky, & climbs for about 3 miles. It then follows around the rim on a road, with several intersections to the overlook at mile 6. The trail continues on for approximately 1/2 miles then it braches to the right and becomes a trail again as it starts down the mountain. The trail is very rocky & steep in some sections and the horses slide in a couple of spots, caution is recommended. The last section of trail is better towards the bottom and comes back out on the road just above the waterfall.

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Casey Grider
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Overgrown in lots of places so keep your eyes up for the trail markers.

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Betsy Darken
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Different strokes for different folks. While the trail was rough in places and there were a fair number of loose rocks, it’s not bad for a horse trail. I had a great hike and the fall leaves were spectacular!!

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Sara Hodge
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Hiking

Great romp through wilderness. Very difficult. Not for beginners and use GPS. Parts are incredibly overgrown.

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John Engstrom
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Good exercise. Modestly marked and overgrown, but fun.

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Chase Ewing
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Hiked this a couple of times in the winter, tried it this time in September. Very overgrown first third of the trail and last third. Well marked. Great view of the cove around mile 6 if going clockwise. Would recommend this trail more in the fall/winter. Still a great hike though.

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Cory Kalle
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This is a fall/winter trail

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Sam Baker
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This is a good loop with a really nice viewpoint at the top. However, the trail isn’t great in the summer because it gets super overgrown.

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Mari Si
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

For me this was between a challenging and moderate trail. We did it clockwise, and the first 3-4mi was really overgrown, muddy and with a heavy humidity that made the climb slow and heavy. The rest of the trail was drier and therefore more pleasant. We found quite a few ticks on our clothing and backpacks after the trip, so I would suggest to use heavy protection! We used a basic repellent on our legs, shoes and arms but that was not enough, it seems.

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Valarie Boris
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Such a great trail! About .4 in from parking lot, it’s easy to keep walking on road and miss the trail that goes to the left. Also when you get to the open field, the trail is on the other side of the field. Hope that helps someone else as it took us awhile to find it. It was challenging but I wouldn’t rate it as hard. Spring was an amazing time to go. Loved it.

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Nate Ballew
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RunningBlowdownMuddyOver grownRockyWashed out

Going clockwise, the first two thirds of the trail are fantastic. The last third, the whole way down the mountain, the trail navigates through a ditch filled with large, loose rocks. Our pace dropped to 45 mins a mile during the last 3 miles or so. If you have ankle or knee issues, only hike the first half as an out and back to prevent injury from the rough, uneven trail that follows. We did encounter a super deep cave next to the South end trail though. There is one major Creek crossing and much of the trail doubles as a creek after a hard rain. Bring trekking poles and ankle stabilization for added protection on the south trail. There is an amazing view of McLemore Cove at the 6 mile marker that makes a 12 mile out-and-back worth the journey.

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