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Backpacker Magazine

60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Atlanta
by Randy and Pam Golden
About the book:

The "60/60" series of hiking books, published by Menasha Press has been getting positive reviews for the past 4 years. Each book takes 60 day hikes near a major U. S. city and details each trail, covering the geographic features, history and flora and fauna.

In June, 2004, Menasha Ridge contacted Randy and Pam Golden to see if they would be interested in writing the book for the Atlanta area. It didn't take us long to say yes. By August, 10 percent of the book had been hiked and by the second week in September, we had hiked 15 trails (25% of the total mileage). Hiking slowed during the cooler months, but by mid-February we had completed 40 trails. The death of our dog Taylor, who hiked most of the trails with us in spite of serious hip and kidney problems stalled the book in March, but by the end of May it was at the publishers.

One of our strongest desires was to find new experiences for hikers in the Atlanta area. Among the new (to us, anyway) trails we hiked for the book are Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center Trails just south of Mansfield, Big Trees Preserve in North Fulton County, McDaniel Farm Park in Gwinnett County near Duluth and Sandy Creek Park's Lakeshore Trail and Cook's Greenway in Athens.

The book combines urban, suburban and backwoods trails, including Pine Mountain and two portions of the Appalachian Trail and the Benton MacKaye, two long trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Index of trails:

Allatoona Pass - Begins at historic Deep Cut, site of the Battle of Allatoona Pass, then skirts the shoreline of Lake Allatoona
Amicalola Falls East Ridge Trail - Steady, strenuous climb to the top of Amicalola Falls.
Amicalola Falls Trail - Steep, staired descent along the face of the waterfall to the reflecting pond, with a return to the visitors center along the Base of Falls Trail
Amicalola Falls West Ridge - Explore the western ridge of Amicalola Falls, then join the Falls Trail at the lower bridge
Amicalola River Trail - Hike to the Edge of the World Rapids, then up to explore the Dawson Wildlife Management Area
Arabia Mountain - Climbs Bradley and Arabia Mountain, rock outcrops of southeast DeKalb County
Benton MacKaye, Sec. I - From Springer Mountain to Three Forks, Section I of the Benton Mackaye Trail takes you along the high ridge of the Appalachian Mountains.
Big Creek Greenway (North Point) - Paved, level hike along Big Creek (Vickery Creek) just east of GA 400
Big Trees Trail - Explores 30-acre Big Trees Forest in Sandy Springs
Buford Dam Trail - Explores the Lower Pool of Buford Dam (Lake Lanier)
Burnt Hickory Loop - Loop trail that explore Kennesaw and Little Kennesaw Mountain, ending at Pigeon Hil, site of a major engagement
Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center Trails - Visits lakes and rivers with abundant wildlife throughout the hike
Cheatham Hill Connector - Takes visitors along a low ridge along a Confederate battleline involved in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.
Cheatham Hill Loop - Visit the Dead Angle, site of the heaviest fighting during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
Desoto Falls Trail - Great hike alongside Frogtown Creek to the middle falls. Lower falls are near the trailhead.
East Palisades - Loop trail circles a Chattahoochee National Recreation Area park on and above the river.
Gold Branch Trail - Explores the shores of Bull Sluice above Morgan Falls Dam and climbs into the Chattahoochee watershed
Johnson Ferry Trail - Explores a flood plain of the Chattahoochee River
Jones Bridge Trail - This relatively flat, wide trail climbs two low ridges and explores 2 flood plains.
Kennesaw Mountain Road - Paved road allows access to the top of Kennesaw Mountain walking or by car on weekdays and by bus on weekends.
Kennesaw Mountain Trail - The mountain trail climb 1000 feet in just over a mile, past trenches, old roads and original Civil War embankments
Kolb's Farm Loop - Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park loop trail from Cheatham Hill Road to Kolb's Farm across hilly terrain.
Laurel Ridge Trail - Explores the ridge that forms the east side of Lake Lanier, and allows access to Bowman's Island Unit of the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area
Oxbo Trail - Explores the north end of the oxbow in Vickery (Big) Creek, then climbs Hog Waller Creek to a historic Roswell park
Picketts Mill - Hiking trails that explore important areas of the Battle of Picketts Mill
Red Cockaded Woodpecker Trail - Visits habitat of the endangered Red Cockaded Woodpecker
Stone Mountain Loop - Stone Mountain Loop takes visitors around the mountain, and within a few feet of a majority of the attractions
Stone Mountain Mountaintop Trail - Climbs to the top of Stone Mountain, largest piece of exposed granite in the world
Suwanee Greenway - Interpreted multi-use trail that follows Suwanee Creek
Sweetwater Red - Great historic walk past the Factory Shoals ruins of the ghost town of Manchester, Georgia.
Sweetwater White - Wanders along a ridge, then plunges to Sweetwater Creek River Valley
Tribble Mill Park Trail - Follows a paved loop trail around the east end of Ozora lake. Many unpaved paths join this trail for hiking and mountain biking opportunities
Vickery Creek Trail Complex - Complex of interwoven trails that circle a knob on the Chattahoochee River
Wolfden Loop - This loop hike includes the Pine Mountain Trail between mile marker 18 and 23 and the Beaver Dam Trail
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