Explore the most popular trail running trails near Cartersville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
7 days ago

Very nice trail. A bit rocky so wear good shoes or boots. The left (teal) Trail is rockier and steeper incline to the overlook. We added the East Loop for a full 5 miles. You get to climb twice

hiking
7 days ago

Great stroll around Red Top with views of Allatoona Lake. It’s more like 5.5 miles total.

hiking
8 days ago

Nice trail, easy, wide path, but why $5?

love it

hiking
22 days ago

I've been hiking this trail 2 to 3 times a month for the last five or six years. Winter, spring, summer, and fall I keep coming back.It helps keep you in shape for other more difficult hies but it is best used to get some alone time. I go during the week and often times can hike the whole way without encountering another soul.
My dog has been along on most every hike and knows her way around without hesitation. I love hiking in north Ga. but this one is home!

To me this was a good workout. Not standard ascend/ descend a peak. I’ve never done so much up and down, so it felt great when done. They do need someone to pick up all the trash. Worst trail head ever.

hiking
29 days ago

Great somewhat easy to moderate trail with a nice incline. Be safe during wet weather as rocks are slippery.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike, if you start the west loop going to the left it’s a steeper climb , the right side its an gradual elevation. Regardless good either side.

More of a Hard rated trail during the first mile compared to other moderate trails within 20 mile radius. Sharp Rocky and sometimes narrow path. Not good for training with any back weight; could twist an ankle if not cautious. Good leg workout on dicey terrain. Not good during wet days due to rocks.
Good workout, but I don’t feel it’s worth it.

This hike is a great one to test your foot placement :) Lots of roots and rocks and technical aspects. Great serious uphills (and downhills, since it is a loop). This is one of the more strenuous hikes I have done. Trekking poles are a big help for stability. No long-range views, just some nice scenery within the trail itself. Great photo stops (babbling brook, fern gardens, etc). Trail is very well marked with blazes.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best hikes I have ever done.
The trail is some what easy with some small inclinations. Its basically a 3.5 mile loop with 2 mile extension. Half way is scenic with lake on one side. You can enjoy the small beaches alongside the trail. We have covered the adjacent Sweet Gum Trail and this one in one stretch.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a good trail to get a little exercise on if your in the area or if you live close by, but I wouldn't go out of my way to hike here.

This is always a good one. Try going during the week, it gets busy on the weekends.

Great training Mountain, especially starting at the opposite side of the trail and heading straight up. Blazes are easy to follow. it is a pretty hike, but no views from the top.

Nice trail, beautiful summit. Be careful of snakes, I stepped on a garter snake.

Great trail

backpacking
1 month ago

Started Sunday morning a little after 10. Great trail. Lots of twisties and elevation change. I have a couple sketchy joints, and I carry a weighted pack, so I was plenty ready to be finished at about mile 4. I think the difficulty ratings are all relative to your physical ability and environmental circumstances. I would rate it easy to moderate in quite a few places. Lots of flats, lots of elevation change that had me puffing. Several places almost halfway in to go to the shore of Allatoona. One gentleman was swimming laps. A couple shucked their clothes and got in the water in their underwear. There were not many people on the trail. I went long stretches without meeting other hikers. Plenty of well-behaved dogs, but one hiker didn’t pick up poop. Bad washout at 4.5. It was about 6.2 miles total for me. I didn’t like that there were no signs for the visitors center on the way out. Several trails intersect with this one, and I took a wrong turn at 5.5

We are beginners and had a rough hike up... it’s pretty steep in some places, but once we got to the top it was definitely worth it... great view, a nice place to chill and catch your breath and take some pics... the hike down is quick and easy and we sometimes caught ourself in a little run because of the steepness of it... but it was a really good time, this weather was amazing, go now!

Nice workout

Easy, wide trail with gravel. Goes along Allatoona Lake for most of the way. Quiet and pretty peaceful. Even saw a couple of deer! Really great day spent here!

Very pretty and enjoyable hike.

hiking
1 month ago

I enjoyed this trail far more than Sweetgum. I avoided this one for awhile because it’s rated as easy and I prefer moderate trails. However, this one is easy to moderate with some gentle elevation changes and a few rocks and roots, with beautiful forest and lake scenery, so I never got bored. The homestead loop is 5 miles but when you factor in the trail to and from the visitor’s center it totals right at 6 miles. I completed it in 2.5 hours excluding breaks, and I’m only in so-so shape, so it’s easy to make decent time here. I’ll definitely come back.

nice easy grade, great views of the lake. great testing spot on the boulders at the half-way mark before heading back.

2 months ago

great workout!

This trail is great. Gorgeous views. Very well marked. The trail is all gravel except for a couple of short, wood bridges, so if you have a stroller, make sure it is made for off-roading.

Very challenging and love the hike

hiking
2 months ago

It was a nice trail, A little strenuous in places, but not too bad. At the beginning there was a lot of trash, but further in it the trail was pretty and tranquil. We were the only one's there.

Just an fyi...there are a couple of big trees that came down right where the yellow and red trails meet. Someone with some saws or something need to cut a new path. Couldnt get to the red trail.

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