|Trail Length: 3.4 miles||Type of trail: Point to Point|
|County: Murray County, GA, Fannin County, GA||Our rating:|
|Features: scenic, river, camping||Your rating:|
|Usage: Light||Added on: September 27, 2008|
|Last hiked: November 05, 2007||Updated on: July 27, 2010|
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Hiking trails in Murray County, GA
Hiking trails in Fannin County, GA
The trail length may suggest this is a day hike, but due to the rugged terrain and large trail intersection at its end leading in four directions, a backpack trip seems more appropriate with many options for a final destination. The hike begins with a half-mile uphill hike to summit Bald Mountain. An unusual site here is non-native spruce, which have been mysteriously planted, and seem to thrive. Also of interest regarding Bald Mountain, is its name that is derived from its usage as a ball field by the Cherokee, and it is the westernmost peak above 4,000 feet in the Eastern United States.
From this point the trail descends steeply to its end at Bray Field and the Conasauga River at mile 3.4. This, in addition to being a large camping area, is a major trail intersection. The Conasauga River Trail, also the Hickory River Trail at this point, leads left 1.3 miles without a river crossing, to Hickory Creek Trail's departure left. The Conasauga River Trail then begins a series of river crossings to its end in 6.4 more miles. From Bray Field leading right, the Conasauga River Trail goes one half mile to the Panther Creek Trail intersection, then another 4.9 miles with many river crossings, to its end at Bettys Gap. The Panther Creek Trail crosses Conasauga River once, then climbs strenuously 1.4 miles to the top of Panther Creek Falls. Panther Creek Trail then continues to climb another two miles to its end at East Cowpen Trail in the middle of the wilderness. Back at Bray Field, the Hickory Creek Trail crosses the river once, and continues to its end in 5.7 miles.
About the author
Gil and his wife Collin own and run North Georgia Mountain Outfitters, located in Ellijay, Georgia. They lead hikes in the Cohuttas, as well as other mountain trails, on a regular basis. For more information visit www.hikenorthgeorgia.com
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