Wolf Laurel Top via Appalachian Trail

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Wolf Laurel Top via Appalachian Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Blairsville, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers 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
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,243 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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A portion of the Appalachian Trail from Tesnatee Gap going West over Cow Rock Mountain and along the ridge line to Wolf Laurel Top. A very scenic trail. The initial section out of Tesnatee Gap is steep but then flattens out for a while and then there is a moderate climb up Cow Rock Mountain. Afterward the trail is fairly moderate as it traverses the ridge line between Cow Rock and Wolf Laurel Top. There is a campsite on top of Wolf Laurel Top with good views. There is a fairly reliable water source half way between Cow Rock and Wolf Laurel Top and another one less reliable about a ten minute hike past Wolf Laurel Top to the West.

1 month ago

I really enjoyed this hike! The beginning is definitely the steepest but not for too long. The views on the way up to and at Cow Rock are absolutely beautiful! From that point on to Wolf Laurel is just a nice walk in the woods. I will probably hike this one again.

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3 months ago

Beautiful hike with a lot of ups and downs! The views at Cowrock are amazing and you get another view shortly as you continue on to Wolf Laurel. As others have said the view at Wolf Laurel isn’t as grand as Cowrock but you still have a view & it’s very peaceful. Not too many people on the trail today but there was one very large timber rattler right off the side of the trail sunning itself. Just be watchful as the weather gets cooler for snakes trying to soak up the sun.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

This was an amazing hike! Starts out at a pretty steep, rocky climb that gains elevation quickly but has many parts that level out and are easier. About 1.2 miles to the big rock overlook at Cow Rock Mountain, and it's one of the best mountainous views I've seen yet. Totally worth it! Great spot for a break or lunch. If you continue on its about another mile or so to Wolf Laurel Top but this view wasn't nearly as good as Cow Rock. Total out and back trip 4.4 miles and I would rate it moderate with some easier, level parts. No bathroom facilities anywhere! Lots of loose rock so be careful not to turn an ankle. You will love this hike!

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

If you like hiking with waters view there is no water but great views at the top !!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Depending on the time of the year this can be isolated or super busy.

hiking
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Beautiful trail with spectacular views!
It was really cloudy the day we went up, so we couldn't see much from Cow Rock. We ate lunch there and then hiked out to the next peak. By the time we got back to Cow Rock, the cloud had moved past, and you could see for miles. It's my favorite view, yet.
The second peak isn't quite as awesome, and next time I would probably skip it. However, a quarter of the way from Cow Rock to the end of this hike, there is an absolutely perfect little spot to set up camp.
The trail is steep, and unforgiving for the first mile, but it's totally worth every step.

hiking
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Enjoyed this beautiful, scenic trail with our 6 and 8 year old on a Sunday afternoon. Definitely a good workout with high rewards of gorgeous mountain views in many places. Highly recommended for a great day hike just shy of 2 hours from the ATL.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Nice out-and-back trail for an over-nighter, well maintained and easy to follow. While I went out to view the Persieds this year from the top of Cow Rock, I ended up taking a side trail southbound from there and coming to another bald with a great views and better hammock sites. While AllTrails describes the trail as out-and-back, I ended up taking it all the way to the Mountain Crossings store (I think about 6 miles one way). It's a nice trail after the bald spots, but no views to speak of. The water sources were dry at the time I went: make sure to pack all you need if it's been dry for a spell.
Watch for snakes as there are dens among the more vertical outcrops. I met up with a timber rattler and a black racer.

hiking
Friday, June 03, 2016

did the AT from tesnatee gap to wolf laurel top and back. the trail is in great condition with just enough boulders and ridges along the way to make it interesting. it flattens out after cowrock and cruises along a beautiful ridge until you climb up to wolf laurel which is a great place for lunch. there were some young ladies running the ridge this morning. i did encounter a couple of folks that appeared to live there in the woods .. just follow the clouds of smoke .. tobacco or otherwise. i am guessing the closeness to atlanta makes this trail very popular but still an awesome hike in the north georgia high country.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Nice views. Moderate hike. Busy on a Saturday.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Well kept trail. From Tesnatee gap to cow rock was easy to moderate 1.1 miles but if you continue to laurel top another 1.4 miles I think it's a moderate hike. 2 nice views cow rock being the nicest.

hiking
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

What a beautiful hike between Cow Rock Mountain and Wolf Laurel Top. Lots of views and places to relax on both mountains. One of my favorite hikes in this area.

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