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Coleman River Trail
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Trail Length: 1.0 miles Type of trail: In and out
County: Towns County, GA, Rabun County, GA Our rating: E
Features: stream, scenic Your rating:
Usage: Light Added on: January 01, 1994
Last hiked: September 18, 1999 Updated on: February 01, 2009
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Directions to Coleman River Trail

This footpath follows Coleman River from its confluence with the Tallulah River up a steep-sided ravine.

If we rated trails based on the bridges built to permit access this one would get a 0. The rickety overpasses on this trail were uniformly poor, from loosely attached hand-railings to non-existant flooring. Our recommendation would be to avoid any man-made crossing where possible, and at least be extremely careful. Young children may require special attention while using these structures.

The path begins in the small Coleman River parking area, just before the first bridge on the Tallulah River Road. Both the parking and trail are marked, and the trail is easily travelled. The uphill grade is constant but is never more than easy-to-moderate in difficulty.

There are no major falls along the trail, although the river is a series of casades broken by invitingly clear pools of cold mountain water. Large boulders have settled at strategic locations throughout the river. At about .4 miles a group of trees has recently fallen, exposing rock under a layer of earth less than six inches deep. This is typical of the forests in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia, a few inches of soil over rock.

Coleman River Scenic Area
Dedicated in memory of R. C. Nicholson, Ranger on Tallulah District, 1912-1952
The trail is dedicated to R. C. Nicholson, the first ranger of the Tallulah District. This district origanally encompassed the entire eastern portion of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Through his leadership, Ranger Nicholson helped form today's North Georgia.

All-in-all the Coleman River Trail is a quick, pleasant break while touring along the Tallulah River Road.

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