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Hiking Trails

Cooper Branch Trail

Length: .3 mile     Difficulty: Easy     Blaze Color: Light Blue   

Trailhead locations (2):  In Cooper Branch #1 and #2 Day-Use Areas

Description: The Cooper Branch Trail is a short connector trail that offers the hiker scenic views of Allatoona Lake.  There are some bluebird boxes and down trees which is an excellent habitat for wildlife.  If you look closely, and you are very quiet, you might see bluebirds and other wildlife while walking the trail.  This trail consists of few moderate hills and the forest has mixed pine and hardwoods.

Pine Mountain/Cooper's Furnace Connector Trail

Length: .3 miles     Difficulty: Easy

This trail is a recently constructed connector trail between the Coopers Furnace Trail and the City of Cartersville Pine Mountain Trail.

Laurel Ridge Trail

Length: .7 mile     Difficulty: Easy     Blaze Color: Black

Trailhead locations (2):  Entrance road leading to the Project Management Office and on the service road behind the office.

Description:  The Laurel Ridge Trail crosses the slopes of a mixed pine and hardwood covered ridge overlooking the Etowah River Valley.  These slopes are graced by a variety of trees, shrubs, and wildflowers.  Wildlife and breathtaking blue-ridge vistas are common to this trail.

Cooper's Furnace Trail

Length: 2 miles     Difficulty: Easy     Blaze Color: Green

Trailhead locations (2):  Cooper's Furnace Day Use Area and across from Cooper Branch #2 Day Use Area.

Description:  The Cooper's Furnace Trail follows the route of a 19th Century mining railroad bed through a mixed pine and hardwood forest.  The forest has a rich variety of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and an abundance of wildlife.  Beaver and muskrat are often seen by the pond at the end of the trail. A new section follows the railroad bed and crosses the road and follows the river back up to the furnace. This section also has a nice overlook above Cooper's Furnace.

Vineyard Mountain Eagle Scout Trails

Blue Trail - Length: .25 mile     Difficulty: Intermediate     Blaze Color: Blue           

Red Trail - Length: .7 mile     Difficulty: Advanced     Blaze Color: Red    

Yellow Trail - Length: 2.8 miles     Difficulty: Intermediate     Blaze Color: Yellow

Trailhead locations (2):  Riverside Day Use Park and Red Top Mountain Road at the Bethany Bridge pull-off.

Description:  The Vineyard Mountain Eagle Scout Trail traverses the forested slopes of Vineyard Mountain.  From its lofty vantage points, hikers are provided beautiful vistas of the Etowah River Valley, Allatoona Dam, the Cooper's Furnace historic area and Allatoona Lake.  During springtime, the bloom of dogwood, native azalea, mountain laurel, and redbud grace the pathway.  Autumn brings forth the brilliant hues of the leaf color change.  Wildlife which may be encountered includes deer, turkey, fox, bobcat, squirrel, and rabbit.  Birds frequently seen are hawks, blue jays, songbirds, and crows.  Occasionally, a bald eagle may even be spotted along the river.


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