|Trail Length: 4.8 miles||Type of trail: Loop|
|County: Cobb County, GA||Our rating: Moderate|
|Features: lake, fishing, 60hikes||Your rating:|
|Usage: Light||Added on: May 18, 2005|
|Last hiked: July 24, 2004||Updated on: February 01, 2009|
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Hiking trails in Cobb County, GA
Morgan Falls was one of the first hydroelectric projects in the state. In 1911, Preston S. Arkwright, an Atlanta lawyer heavily involved in the development of electric power purchased the Atlanta Water and Electric Power Company, combined it with Georgia Railway and Electric Company and leased the company, along with Atlanta Gas Light and other companies, to the newly formed Georgia Railway and Power Company. In 1926 the company consolidated again, this time under the name Georgia Power. In 1929 the company sold off Atlanta Gas and Light as part of a general divestiture of gas assets.
|Looking into a cove of Bull Sluice Lake from Gold Branch|
At the top of the first knoll the climb moderates, but continues to the top of a second knoll, where the footpath T's into a dirt road. Turn left on this trail at 1.8 miles and immediately begin descending at an easy-to-moderate pace in full sun. Travel 0.2 miles and turn left on a second road that descends to the shore of Bull Sluice Lake. About 200 feet before the water the footpath turns right, into the forest and begins a 1.5 mile difficult section of the trail. Falling to a wet foot crossing of a stream, the trail turns left and climbs, returning to the lake shore at 2.4 miles. In full sun when shore-side, the trail rises and falls frequently, normally to get around an obstruction like a rock outcrop or a low-lying area. Gold Branch moves inland to cross streams then returns to the lake shore. At 3.3 miles the path turns right on a gravel road and begins to climb at a moderate to difficult rate, leaving the shore of Bull Sluice Lake for the last time.
At the top of the hill, at a map stand, Gold Branch Trail again turns right and begins to follow the original roadbed of Lower Roswell Road along a ridge top in full sun. Notice a second roadbed off to the right and below the path. Continue on this main trunk until it T's, then turn left and walk a few steps to the boardwalk bridge near the start of the hike.
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