Summary: The summit of Coosa Bald is roughly halfway on this loop hike, and at 4,271 feet it has spectacular winter views. Unfortunately, the forest has encroached on the once barren area and it is not possible to see from the summit year round. Other features on the hike include a wilderness statue of Jesus Christ near Calf Stomp Gap and some scenic streams and waterfalls closer to Vogel State Park.
This hike follows the Coosa Backcountry Trail and completes a loop hike that starts and ends at Vogel State Park and runs through the Blood Mountain Wilderness area. The 12.7 mile route shares portions of the trial with the Duncan Ridge and Bear Hair Gap Trails and it is a very challenging hike due to frequent ascents and descents in the rolling hills of North Georgia.
Trailhead: PARKING: (Vogel State Park): From Dahlonega (and the KFC at the junction of 19 N / 60 N / 9N), follow 19 N / 60 N / 9N for 8.1 miles where 60 North breaks off from 19N/9N. Continue on 19 N / 9 N for 5.2 miles. Here 129 N / 11 N / 19 N run merge and run together for 10.5 miles to Vogel State park which is on the left. Vogel State Park is 11 miles south of Blairsville on U.S. Highway 19/129. (Lat:34.7631646526242 Lon:-83.9288931771603)
Trail Guides for Coosa Bald:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Vogel State Park, (706) 745-2628
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by BirdShooter, who has posted 10 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Mike on 3/10/2012
Done this hike in a day, defenatly not moderate at all. Extremly difficult hike!!!!
Reviewed by Jack on 12/9/2011
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Reviewed by Dennis on 6/23/2010
I have done this hike twice before, in one day is my favorite way to do this trail. The elevation gain on this trail is equal to some of the harder trails in Colorado I have done. Bring lots of water in summer if you plan to day hike here and insect repellent.
Reviewed by Max on 2/22/2007
This was a sweet hike! It was so hard and difficult. The map proves to be misleading at times when you get it from the actual park. Bring one's own map. And definitely camp on Wildcat Knob. Best view of my life. Hard part is second day, when u have to go up slaughter mountain. Straight up. Great hike though.
Reviewed by BirdShooter on 3/9/2004
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