Sweetgum Loop Trail

MODERATE 53 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
187 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.

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1 month 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!

5 months ago

moderate trail

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9 months ago

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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