Coosa Backcountry Trail
Upon completing the 12.9 mile Coosa Backcountry trail, you’ll have hiked three peaks and clocked more than 5,000 feet of elevation.
The first mile is a warm up for what’s to come, as you gradually ascend through the park and into the Chattahoochee National Forest. At mile two, the trail evens out and gradually descends. The trail is surrounded by lush ferns in summer, and you’ll cross over the tricklings of creeks on the trail. Enjoy it, because at mile 3.5, you’ll begin your 3 mile ascent of nearly 2,000 feet. Around mile 8, you’ll come to the intersection of the popular Duncan Ridge Trail. Turn left and follow double blazed green and blue markings as you descend into Wolf Pen Gap. The final elevation haul comes after this, and is steeper than the first ascent. It’s only 1 mile, and then you can enjoy a gradual descent into the valley and back into Vogel State Park.
Destination Distance From Downtown
For those that think Georgia State Parks do not have tough terrain, take a hike-literally- on the Coosa Backcountry Trail. This trail starts in Vogel State Park and follows a loop out of the park and into the Chattahoochee National Forest. Upon completing the 12.9 mile trail, you’ll have hiked three peaks and clocked more than 5,000 feet of elevation.
Time To Complete
Backpackers looking for an overnight trip with a shorter distance but serious elevation will find Coosa Backcountry Trail a challenging feat. Once out in the Chattahoochee National Forest, you’ll rarely encounter other hikers. Despite its limited use, the trail is in good condition and you’ll find several campsites. If you do backpack, you must obtain a backcountry permit from the park office before leaving. Hikers can make the trip in a day and will feel rewarded by its difficult elevation.
In winter, the trees are thin enough that you can catch glimpses of the surrounding mountains, but in summer, the thick forests don’t offer much of a view. Instead, most of the hike is flush with moss and greenery. For much of the trail, the terrain is dirt-packed, but on the last two miles, you’ll find more rocks, so watch your footing on the descent.
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