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

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I like to do this one every other week. For me it’s not very difficult, but, for a first time hiker, I can imagine that it would be a little more difficult. Very nice beautiful views, and, not usually too busy during the week. Not terribly far from Atlanta, and is worth the drive. Weekends, it’s always crowded, but, don’t let that deter you, this is definitely one worth going to.

My calves were killing me going up

hiking
11 days ago

This trail was well marked. We hiked the full loop. Very hilly, rooty, and overall a great workout! Loved it, I will be back

good trail

This is my go to place to hike and I love it have been coming here for years there’s different options you can take which range from easier to more difficult. If I had to complain about anything it would be from people leaving trash on the trails why can’t people just pick up after themselves. The visitor center is also worth a look at some good history there.

hiking
12 days ago

Going the whole trail, sometimes the path is difficult to see. Going all the way, get ready to climb around a large fallen tree (or climb thru the large hole that the tree left).
It is nice and cool, especially by the water with wind blowing. STOP, take time to admire the forest.

Great hike. Not very long, but it's steep enough to give you a real workout. Amazing views from the top. Popular but not overcrowded. Nicely shaded on a hot afternoon.

Love this trail. Nicely shaded and peaceful. Not too many inclines, and most are gentle. Well marked with a lot to see. Not too crowded either.

While hiking here, someone busted out my car window. Upon discussing with friends, it turns out another friend had a window busted out here a couple of weeks ago, and another had her car keyed. Will not be back. Seems to be a hotspot for criminal activity.

walking
24 days ago

Not the prettiest or most strenuous path in the area. That said, this is an easy path for joggers, people with strollers, and do walkers. A good deal of the path is on major roads with several busy intersections to cross. I walked this Memorial Day morning in the rain, so it was deserted. On nicer days and non-holidays, I imagine the proximity to busy roads would make this less than ideal.

hiking
26 days ago

I love this trail. scramble across the huge rocks along the side of the creek.. I never finished the loop. would just go to the end of creek where it turns into private property then turn around. I'm not sure if I was using the actual trail at points. it may go up further on the hill at spots but I just stayed next to the water and climbed across the rocks. the ruins at the start of the trail are really cool as well. there are ruins that follow the creek too! civil war era hydroelectric paper mill from what I remember .. it's a 5star for the nearby area... obviously doesn't compare to some North Georgia trails lol

Not a hard hike. Good view of town from the top and the vantage point. A lot of history here. I'd say it's easy to moderate.

2nd time I've been, and this time I learned that Sope Creek Trail connects to Cochran Shoals Trail, and when they switch over there are separate maps on the trail. Both maps look very similar so you need to make sure you know which one you are on.
We walked an extra 3 miles going to the wrong parking lot.
I was still a great hike, but it's a good thing we weren't in a rush to get out.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite trails in the Atlanta area. On the easier side of moderate, but a great workout nonetheless. Wide paths, nicely shaded, and dog friendly.

Not the most strenuous trail if you stick to the set route. Going off-path is a better workout. Quit trail with wildlife and a nice view of the river.

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout. The trail is well-maintained. However, there is a great deal of uneven terrain and quite a few obstacles (lots of roots, downed trees, etc.). Beautiful views of Bull Sluice Lake and the surrounding area. Even on a Sunday afternoon it wasn't very crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

Great loop trail. Well-marked throughout with lots of little areas that take you the water edge. Path gets incredibly narrow along water. Lots of wildlife. Be mindful of your steps - very “root-y” through almost entire trail.

This is an easy, well shaded trail with decent signage and lots of options to explore. The mill ruins by the creek are definitely worth seeing! Very pretty for an in-town hike, but there’s a good bit of noise from nearby roads. On the plus side, it was not as crowded as expected for a beautiful Friday in the springtime.

hiking
1 month ago

Great place for dogs!

hiking
1 month ago

very kid friendly. nice for pets too. Unfortunately the signs aren't very informative.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with scenic views of both the river and wildlife. Numerous turtles and geese fill the area with life.

Great hike! Lots of climbing and a good workout! Beautiful!!!

Good trail through the trees with steep incline and city views. You can also opt for the road all the way up - great views over park area and city; has more of a gradual incline. Two or three points from the road where you can connect onto the nature trail. Stays consistently busy - “lightly moderate”, depending on the time.

Great trail, hirstorical markers and great views. Got my geeky history fix as well as a great hike.

nice history and view

mountain biking
2 months ago

first time doing a MTB trail and it kicked my ass.. might stick to sidewalks for now

There are many trails of many varying distances and difficulty levels throughout Kennesaw Mtn trail network. I go regularly and have not tired of it three years on. I enjoy taking friends and family who visit the area, as it is often their favorite activity that we do in the NW burbs. Definitely some challenging stretches. TAKE WATER.

Mostly foggy and Rain. Passing front, dropping temperatures to Mid 50's.

hiking
2 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes that’s super close to home. I do this hike about twice a week for a nice little cardio exercise. Not too many difficult hills, balanced in general. Usually very peaceful, not a ton of people here on a weekday afternoon.

road biking
2 months ago

I don’t like how close it is the main roads and how you have to pass busy intersections to continue on the path. I prefer a more secluded trail

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