2 day hike. Get permits from ranger station, also is a convenience store. Walk to the trailhead about a quarter mile. There is a short approach trail followed by the Coosa Trail itself, about a 12.5 mile loop. Day 1 (9 miles) Follow the trail. There is an approach trail that leads to the trail making the total hike about 13.5 miles. Some is old forest road, some is trail. Most of the trail is either up or down, very little flat. Counter clockwise is the best direction to go for the switchbacks. The first half has adequate water supplies, after that the water gets scarce for about 5 miles or so. The trail does cross a paved road twice (same road, loops around) so a way out is possible if the trail is too much. Most of the climbs are close to 1000 feet and steep. There were 4 or so climbs the first day. Camping is allowed anywhere along most of the trail, although there are several established campsites along the way. Two are large, but a few are for one or two tents only. One of the large ones is at 6 miles, about the halfway point. Day 2 (4 miles). A hunter was walking along the trail about 6am before I woke up and Ember (my dog) growled and ran back and forth until he was gone. I ran into him later and Ember was OK with him then. Apparently people aren’‘t allowed close to camp while I’‘m still sleeping. Only one major hill left. Water available towards the end. This is a strenuous hike, even for my dog. At around 8.5 miles the paved road is crossed for the second time. About a half mile down this paved road is a water source (small stream). Then hike the half mile back up to the trail. I camped a few hundred yards up the trail from the road crossing, around 9 miles into the trail. weather info: Blairsville, GA 30512 The park has cabins, a convenience store and a campground with shower facilities. I was able to use the facilities as part of the entrance fee, $2/day. Permit required for the trail but permit itself is free, park pass is $2/day.