Atlanta, GA: Cohutta Mountain Loop

Dotted with place names like Crooked Dog Gap and Rough Creek, this 15.5-mile route mixes rugged ridgeline climbs and quiet riverside campsites.
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Dotted with place names like Crooked Dog Gap and Rough Creek, this 15.5-mile route mixes rugged ridgeline climbs and quiet riverside campsites.

-Mapped by Marcus Woolf

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 24.3

Waypoints

CML001

Location: 34.8815613, -84.5658722

From Three Forks parking lot, begin gentle ascent amid mature hardwoods

CML002

Location: 34.8852959, -84.5707321

L @ Y, bearing NW on East Cowpen Trail to begin the clockwise loop. Ahead, skirt the E edge of Cowpen Mtn. (4,151 ft.)

CML003

Location: 34.9073372, -84.5796661

Straight @ 3-way; to R, hemlocks and oaks shade campsite with space for 4 or 5 tents. Trail heads N past Buckeye Mtn.

CML004

Location: 34.9329491, -84.5826797

Cross wide spot on ridge; go straight @ T bearing NE on Hickory Ridge Trail

CML005

Location: 34.9384308, -84.5780411

Pass lone 12-ft. American holly tree; heading N, descend along gully on N side of Turkey Stand Lead

CML006

Location: 34.9689865, -84.5712128

Forest transitions from hardwood to hemlocks with lush undergrowth

CML007

Location: 34.9699326, -84.5683899

Beech Bottom: Camp by Jacks River near hemlock with a 10?12 ft. girth; fish for trout, soak in stream, enjoy starry skies. To continue, head SE on Jacks River Trail

CML008

Location: 34.9693756, -84.5659027

Cross river and turn R, traveling SE

CML009

Location: 34.9631729, -84.556778

R @ Y into Rough Creek; climb side gully to reach N end of Rough Ridge

CML010

Location: 34.9504128, -84.5650253

Look SW for vantage of Rough Creek cutting through deep, forested gorge; pass spring just S of Crooked Dog Gap

CML011

Location: 34.9343452, -84.562294

Rollercoaster over oak-dominated hills and saddles on Rough Ridge

CML012

Location: 34.9119568, -84.561615

Straight @ unsigned 3-way; head S along crest away from Sugar Cove; in 2.1 mi., close loop @ WPT 2; backtrack to start

Campsite

Location: 34.9689903, -84.5648193