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Mill Shoals Trail
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Trail Length: 2.4 miles Type of trail: In and out
County: Union County, GA Our rating: E
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Usage: Added on: April 19, 1999
Last hiked: April 19, 1999 Updated on: February 05, 2009
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Hugh hemlock and white pine trees mark this trail and will impress even the casual walker. This is especially interesting because it is also near the southern limit for both of these trees. Dad loved to tell me about the chestnut trees that grew over much of the eastern forest. He would recite the poem "Under the spreading chestnut tree, the village smithy stands,..." with a special look in his eyes. Along this trail are remnants of this bygone era. Stumps of old chestnuts can be seen among the tall, vibrant poplar. Mature trees were destroyed by the chestnut blight after the turn of the century, small saplings still sprout, only to die before they mature.

The path is an easy hike, very nicely switchbacked to minimize effort. When we last visited, the trailhead was poorly marked and finding blazes was difficult. About half a mile in is the Cooper Creek Trail, a connector between Mill Shoals and the more popular Yellow Mountain Trail. The trail continues, turning right down an old roadbed, and follows the north side of Yellow Mountain to Mill Shoals Creek. Here the water tumbles over a drop. The path continues to FS 39. The trail continues to the right, down about a mile, to the left, but we could not find it. We hiked backed on the Forest Service Road and turned left on Mulky Gap Road and FS 236.

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