General Coffee State Park Trails

Douglas, Georgia 31533

General Coffee State Park Trails

General Coffee State Park Trails Professional Review and Guide

"General Coffee State Park was named for nineteenth-century local planter and politician Gen. John E. Coffee and is a fascinating area of sand ridges and river swamp. The park also contains a working pioneer homestead exhibit, fishponds, picnic areas, play"

General Coffee State Park Trails Reviews

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7/17/2009
Backpacked downstream (opposite the way the trail guide reads) from Russell bridge on hwy 28 to hwy 76 (16.7 miles or 20 miles depending on what you read). Great hike, I would classify it as moderate instead of easy/moderate as there is fairly substantial topography. I utilized as many maps/guides as possible, and bottom line is that none of them are 100% accurate, although the topo map was probably the most useful. A few tips if you are hiking this direction on the trail: 1) There are only yellow diamond blazes for half the trail (Bartram Trail blazes), NOT a yellow diamond and silver diamond combo. 2) The chattooga trail has both the silver diamond blazes, and also new, neon-green rectangular blazes (2nd half of trail) 3) There are several points where you will be asking yourself which way to go, seeing multiple routes. In most circumstances when this occurs, cross the bridge, or if there is no bridge, follow the wider trail. 4) There is one particular point approaching Earl's Ford where you could either go straight and follow a yellow diamond blaze (which will lead to a dirt road - incorrect), or turn right and cross a large bridge. The blaze here is incorrect, and whomever placed it there was in error. Cross the bridge and follow yellow diamond blaze to the left past earl's ford. I'm an experienced backpacker and must say I almost lost the trail on 3 occassions, and had to double back. Just remember, when in doubt, cross the bridge - that will help tremendously. We saw very few people on the trail during our weekend hike, which was wonderful. You spend more time hiking in the hills than you do actually along the river. There are several campsites along the trail which we utilized. Started hiking around 3pm on Friday afternoon, and finished by 1pm Sunday. We took a very easy pace. This could be done in 2 days, 1 night for someone who wanted to crush it out and pack light. 2 nights was easy and enjoyable. Great trail, would do it again!
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9/1/2007
My wife and I did a 20 mile 3 day trip starting at the highway 76 bridge and ending at the highway 28 bridge. The trail at highway 76 is a little difficult to locate but is across the bridge on the Georgia side. We found an excellent place to camp by the river at about mile 5 but passed it up to make a little more progress. We camped next to the river at about mile 7 and only saw 3 people all day. The second day we crossed Sandy Ford Road at mile 10 where the trail intersects with the Bartram Trail. We had lunch at Dicks Creek Falls just past the intersection which is a short detour over an unmarked bridge. After lunch we continued on past Earls Ford road and over Warwomen Creek. At around mile 16 we found a nice place to make camp next to a very small stream. The third day was uneventful but we could hear traffic across the river on the SC side and saw a few people on the trail that appeared to be maybe canoe campers. As we neared hiway 28 the trail nearly disappeared a few times as it crossed some old farm land and had overgrown. The trail is well marked with diamond shaped signs however and we had little difficulty finding our way. A couple of weeks later we drove in on Sandy Ford Road with my daughter and hiked to Dicks Creek Falls without our pack gear and took a swim in the river.
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11/24/2006
My wife and I started at highway 76 bridge the trail head is currently hidden by the construction project on bridge. We walked in to about the 5 mile mark where we located a wonderful campsite with a white sandy beach. This is an excellant hike.
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6/19/2006
We did a 20 mile, 2 day hike on this trail. It makes for a great summer hike, as the water sources were plentiful. The southern trailhead is currently hidden by a massive construction effort on the road/bridge, and can be easily missed. Heading east from GA on 76- cross the bridge and take an immediate left into a paved parking area (there will be bathrooms and a paved launch ramp for kayakers/rafters to put into the river). Then cross back over the bridge heading west, and look to your right about 25 yards after you cross the bridge- behind some construction equipment and a porta-potti, you will see a large boulder and trail sign marking the beginning of the trail. The guides say that the trail is marked by white blazes. Whoever wrote this must be severly color blind- as the only blazes are light grey colored metal diamonds. but the marks are frequent and easy to follow. The biggest surprise is that there were actually some decent hills (especially if you have an overnight pack on your back). There is a nice flat stretch of trail around mile 6 that has several good campsites close to the river. We hiked to mile 10 (at Sandy Ford Road), then hiked back to about mile 7 to set up camp. Don't camp too close to mile 10, it's way too close to automobile access via the Sandy Ford Road. There was a very trashy campsite with beer bottles and bullet shells- suggesting some heavy car camping usage. Bring a long sleeve shirt- even in the summer it got very cool in the early AM. Overall, it was a very nice hike!
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7/2/2005
Great trail, but badly in need of maintenance. We went from the north trailhead to the south trailhead and camped 3.5 miles from south trailhead. There is a large bridge out near the south end and many large trees down along the trail. The trail is still passable, but more difficult. Be prepared to go offtrail to bypass large downed trees and ford the large creek near the south end.
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5/12/2004
This is a very clean and well maintained trail. Most of the trail is easy to moderate. Very dense forest prevents many view's when leaves are on trees. You have to go about 4 miles before actually seeing the river, which is one of the most beautiful mountain streams you will ever see. There are many small stream crossings on very nice bridges. There are some very nice camping spots when the trail joins the river. I recommend this trail for a day hike or an overnighter.
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12/6/2003
Made a day hike from Hwy 76 to Sandy Ford. A very nice, well marked trail offering some great views from high on the ridge to enjoyable sections paralling a magnificent river. The ridge climbing made for a very good workout. Starting at the trailhead parking lot at US 76 we climbed to the top of a ridge where we heard the roar of Bull Sluice. Unfortunately no view but you can feel the power of the river below. There are side trails that I assume will take you down to the river but we stayed on the trail. For the next several miles we followed a pattern of climbing the ridge and descending to creek crossings on well maintained bridges. Although the river remained out of sight, the sounds of the rapids below were a constant reminder of what was ahead. After crossing 4 bridges we finally began the descent that would take us to the river. We crossed two more creeks a finally came to a large campsite at the river's edge (about 5 miles in). We stopped and had lunch and enjoyed the sights and sounds. Well, so much for the river as the trail immediately climbed back up onto the ridge on an old road. Another mile or so of up and then we finally made a steep descent to the river. The next 1.5 miles of trail closely paralleled the river and was the gem of the hike. Minor rapids followed by beautiful deep green pools created a treat for the eyes and ears. Several campsites exist along this section of the trail. I am sure we will visit them in the spring. The final two miles took us away from the river and back up to the ridge. It was about a mile of climbing, a half mile of ridge walking, followed by our final descent to Sandy Ford road. Overall about 10 - 11 miles and a great day. We did take the precaution of wearing orange vests and were glad we did. Although we never saw another soul all day, we did hear the guns of many hunters. Some were very close causing some concern. Better safe than sorry. Wear your orange this time of year.
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11/2/2002
My wife and I started from the trail head in clayton Ga. The trail was in excelent condition, very well marked and very popular on weekends and holidays. From what I had read, I was led to believe that most of the trail ran next to the river. I can tell you that at least the first six mi. were away from the water and up the mountain and down the mountain for five of those miles. We finally got to the river around mile six and prompty set up camp seeing that the trail again veered up the mountain. Water from several creeks were plentiful, there were walkways over most large creeks. Next time we''ll start at Elcott rock on the north trail head and hopefully it will be flatter and more along the water. Aside from hoofing a 25lb pack up and down 5 peaks, one other thing to be aware of is an access road on the other side of the river that we were unable to see until a truck load of drunken fools set up camp across the river and hooped and hollered till 1am,largely negating our wilderness experiance.
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Trail Information

Douglas
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.3
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
About 2 hours
Duration
Sept–June
Season
USGS Douglas North
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