Sweetgum Loop Trail

MODERATE 66 reviews

Sweetgum Loop Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cartersville, 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
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
196 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Lake Allatoona was built by the Army Corps of Engineers shortly after the end of World War II and it surrounds the park on three sides. This hike on the Homestead Loop is the most varied and interesting in the park. There are excellent views of Lake Allatoona and the damn from ridges along the trail and this route also drops you down to the shoreline of the lake. The park has numerous deer and you are likely to see them as you walk the Homestead Loop.

hiking
13 days ago

Really nice, well-kept trail. I don't think it should be classified as "moderate"; it was pretty flat with the occasional gentle slope. It crosses the Lakeside trail too, if you'd like to see some beautiful views of the lake.

hiking
17 days ago

Well marked trail(s) and well taken care of. It’s more of an easy hike with a couple of inclines but all and all it’s a great trail to hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Took the kids and had a great time. Saw a few deer and that brought a huge smile and excitement to the kids. Walked this trail and a smaller 3/4 mile loop connected to this trail. Beautiful views of the lake. Lovely trail. I am not an avid hiker and agree with the “moderate” skill level.

2 months ago

Definitely not moderate- should be classified as easy. Some slight elevation and pretty smooth. Remember to pay to park- 5usd

hiking
6 months ago

I would probably rate this trail as easy. Short little afternoon hike with some awesome views of the trees changing colors and of Lake Allatoona! We posted about this hike on our Instagram page @pathsandpourovers if you'd like to check it out!

10 months ago

moderate trail

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Easily marked with some twists and turns (some uphills) throughout. Nice trail maintaining though, props to Georgia State Parks for keeping it litter free and well maintained.

hiking
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Beautiful trail! My husband and I hiked it(walking briskly) in an hour. Going to try the Homestead trail next which is twice as long. Pretty easy hike with the exception of some moderately steep hills to climb. Great workout!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Great hiking trail lots of roots and rocks but not bad.

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Nice hike. I need new hiking shoes however.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Great moderate level hike. Good lake views. Lots of deer and snake sightings

hiking
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nice loop trail, with connections to the other trails at the park. The trail was not too crowded on Sunday at mid-day, but it was still pretty hot out. The top part of the loop is near the lake, so there was a cool breeze off the water for that part. I would return since it is convenient off of 400.

hiking
Thursday, July 04, 2013

Great, beautiful, good workout...
Plan on at least a 4 hour tour from the city.
Went on a weekday and had the trail mostly to myself. Recommend.

hiking
Thursday, September 15, 2011

This is a nice hike if you want to get out and get physical. The trail is marked well and varies in elevation. A portion of the trail is along the lake and is a nice place to stop and have a picnic or just take in the views of the lake. Great hike to get you outdoors.

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