Atlanta: Mountaintown Creek Trail

Camp near an idyllic mountain stream on this 11-mile out-and-back into a deep, remote gorge scoured by small waterfalls in Georgia's Cohutta Wilderness.
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Camp near an idyllic mountain stream on this 11-mile out-and-back into a deep, remote gorge scoured by small waterfalls in Georgia's Cohutta Wilderness.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.5

Waypoints

MTC001

Location: 34.8713569641113, -84.5392303466797

Trail dives off gravel road into tall grass; follow white blazes

MTC008

Location: 34.841064453125, -84.5556945800781

Creek forms a natural bathtub perfect for a cool, refreshing midday soak

MTC009

Location: 34.8346710205078, -84.5589447021484

Stay straight on Mountaintown Creek Trail, heading NW; cross feeder stream

MTC010

Location: 34.8195953369141, -84.5522232055664

Trail skirts rehabilitated trout stream with undercut banks, then leads to a circular clearing with room for several tents; camp overnight or return to trailhead

MTC002

Location: 34.8640632629394, -84.5403366088867

Skip across creek; continue straight

MTC003

Location: 34.8620071411133, -84.5381393432617

Enter a stand of mature hemlocks as the trail gradually descends to creek bottom

MTC004

Location: 34.8591461181641, -84.5379028320312

Cross creek, then continue S

MTC005

Location: 34.8534469604492, -84.5406723022461

A series of cascades roar over boulders

MTC006

Location: 34.8516502380371, -84.5431976318359

Creekside campsite with fi re ring on right side; cross creek and continue on well-marked trail

MTC007

Location: 34.8493957519531, -84.5454635620117

On L, the Crenshaw Branch cuts a deep gorge with several cascades under the shadow of Saddle Ridge