Unicoi State Park Bottoms Loop Trail and Lake Loop Trail

Helen, Georgia

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The Bottoms Loop Trail takes a quiet turn through rhododendron thickets, large hardwoods, and pines to visit rippling Smith Creek and an idyllic frog pond. Along the trail interpretive signs highlight its microhabitats and identify various tree species. From Bottoms Loop, you can cross GA Highway 356 to stroll around Unicoi Lake. Six fishing piers dot the lakeshore, though only two were occupied with folks casting their lines to reel in catfish and bream when I scouted this area. On the northwest shore, the lakeside beach was deserted, but I could imagine that it must be lively on a summer afternoon with swimmers splashing about and laughter carrying across the lake.

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"The Bottoms Loop Trail takes a quiet turn through rhododendron thickets, large hardwoods, and pines to visit rippling Smith Creek and an idyllic frog pond. Along the trail interpretive signs highlight its microhabitats and identify various tree species. From Bottoms Loop, you can cross GA Highway 356 to stroll around Unicoi Lake.

Six fishing piers dot the lakeshore, though only two were occupied with folks casting their lines to reel in catfish and bream when I scouted this area. On the northwest shore, the lakeside beach was deserted, but I could imagine that it must be lively on a summer afternoon with swimmers splashing about and laughter carrying across the lake."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Helen
Distance: 4.2
Elevation Gain: 420 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Unicoi State Park
Local Maps: A Unicoi State Lodge Park Trail Map is available at the visitor center and online at gastateparks.org/Unicoi-Trails

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Jun 2018