Sope Creek via Cochran Shoals from Interstate North Trailhead

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Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Sope Creek via Cochran Shoals from Interstate North Trailhead is a 8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Marietta, 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 but must be kept on leash.

Length8.0 miElevation gain524 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestRiverViewswild-flowersWildlifeFee
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Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area charges a fee to enter. Fees are $5 per vehicle. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $40. This longer route along the Chattahoochee River starts at the Interstate North Trailhead on Cochran Shoals. The trail continues north to the Sope Creek area, looping back to the trailhead. This is a popular mountain biking route.

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Warren Miley
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HikingGreat!

This was a good hike. Please watch out for the bikes and get there early. We had a couple of ladies with us training to hike the Grand canyon with weighted back packs.

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Dave Shelles
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HikingGreat!Muddy

I did something like this, probably dropped down to the Columns too soon, but what a great hike on a rainy day. Challenging with mud under the feet, yet doable and fun.

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Maureen Shackelford
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Kristen Hampton
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Muddy, busy but convenient

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artsy hiker
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I hadn't hiked since November so this trail was good for the workout and welcome back! I wanted to feel the hike and ultimately sleep well, so we trekked the biking trails uphill for the hamstring workout. I was feeling it before we were done! So it served its purpose. Not particularly beautiful or memorable but super accessible and not a ton of people midday midweek.

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Brooke Johnson
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A little wet from the recent rain, but a great day!

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Tim OBrien
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Meghan Murphy
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Andrew Owolabi
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HikingFlooded

One of the best in the area. Trail has limited parking space, but you can park for free at the neighboring Sope Creek Elementary. Very easy to hike, but the directions are not detailed, You might get lost!

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Isaac Raisner
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Zachary Thomaston
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Here on a Saturday afternoon. The entry trail is somewhat crowded, but once you get on the trails it thins out significantly.

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Zachary Thomaston
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HikingGreat!

Great trail. The entry path was a little crowded, but once you get onto the trail propper, few people, mostly mountain bikers. Trail was well maintained and everyone was polite and appropriately yielded right of way.

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Cat Kelley
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Hiking

This was a fun trail. There wasn’t much parking and you normally have to pay, but luckily it was waved due to COVID. Really busy/heavily trafficked on the paved part which was where I started. I was on that for a mile or so and then was able to go on the secluded hiking trails which were perfect. Easy to do alone and there’s signage throughout. I got turned around a couple of times but it was relatively easy. I did the full 8 miles and it was a workout. It’s also pretty shaded throughout which was nice. There are a lot of bikers on the hiking trails too so just be aware and respectful.

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Lynn Bytyci
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Other than lots of bikers, nice trail

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Nicole Marines
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Mountain bikingMuddy

Just rained yesterday so a bit muddy but nothing that interfered with riding. Had enough technical parts to keep it super fun. Absolutely had a blast on the downhills. Keep watch for hikers and bikes coming the opposite way.

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Emily McLaughlin
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Hiking

Nice wooded trail— good way to get some decent mileage and generally not too crowded.

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Brittany Jackson
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it's been a while since I've been on this trail, but it's a good hike and the elevation is a low to moderate.

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Shane Parman
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Mountain bikingMuddy

Great trail, way too many downed trees on 2/17/20 but other than that it’s great.

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Kenai Epps
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This trail suprised me! It is mostly made for mountain biking, but it was a great workout for hiking also. The trail starts at the Interstate North trailhead. You will walk on the gravel for about 1-1.5 miles or so until you come to the start of the trailhead to take you to Sope Creek. Once you enter this trailhead, the experience is night and day. I went during the week and there was hardly anyone on this part of the trail. I saw a few hikers and a few mountain bikers. It makes you feel very secluded walking through it. Once I got to the junction, I continued onward via the Sope Creek trail. I then stopped right by the creek for a quick snack before I made the trek back down to my car. It really was a great loop at just over 9 miles (since I walked about an extra .5 miles out and back to Sope Creek).

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Heather Hendrickson
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Hailey Bednar
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Josh Trimble
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Evo Izg
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Diane Brock
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Miguel Galeano
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Heather Young
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Mark Jordan
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Robin Carney
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