Atlanta: Arkaquah Trail

First, check out the petroglyphs; then climb 2,500 feet to the state high point on this popular 11.6-mile out-and-back in Chattahoochee National Forest.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.5



Location: 34.8826217651367, -83.8777465820312

From lot, head R to trailhead. Before setting off, inspect Indian carvings behind metal wiring on L side of road


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Huff up steep climb, rising more than 1,100 feet to forested top of Buzzard Roost Ridge


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Follow a series of ridgetops and saddles as flora shifts from fern, oak, and willow to mtn. laurel & rhododendron


Location: 34.8803939819336, -83.8495254516602

Cross Locust Log Ridge and descend into dense oak forest, watching for black bear or white-tailed deer


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Wildflowers flank the N slope amid slick, moss-covered rocks


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Amid ferns along Chimneytop Mtn., relax under big gray boulder on L


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Rock outcrop in clearing offers majestic views of the blue-hued southern Appalachians and distant ridges to the S


Location: 34.8711776733398, -83.814582824707

Begin moderate incline to Brasstown Bald


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Arkaquah Trail ends at Brasstown Bald parking lot. Walk S to a paved, half-mile trail to Georgia’s highest peak


Location: 34.8742332458496, -83.8108596801758

An animatronic Arthur Woody greets visitors to the tower built at the 4,784-ft. summit; view 4 states on a clear day. Retrace steps back to Arkaquah trailhead