Lake Conasauga

Murray County, Georgia

Elevation Gain189ft
Trailhead Elevation3,146ft
Elevation Min/Max3139/3167ft
Elevation Start/End3146/3146ft
Lake Conasauga is a hiking trail in Murray County, Georgia. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 3,146 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 189 feet. The Lake Conasauga Campground camp site is near the trailhead. The Lake Conasauga Picnic and Swim Site picnic site can be seen along the trail. There are also piers along the trail.

Lake Conasauga Professional Reviews and Guides

"Situated on Chattahoochee National Forest lands near the summit of Grassy Mountain just west of the Cohutta Wilderness Area, Lake Conasauga is the highest lake in Georgia at 3,150 feet above sea level. At 19 acres, Lake Conasauga is the largest USDA Forest Service lake in northwest Georgia. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the lake during the Great Depression and it was opened to the public in the 1940s. Lake Conasauga is more than 3,000 feet above sea level, which makes it the highest lake in Georgia.

With depths down to 30 feet, Lake Conasauga is also deeper than a typical small lake. Reaching Lake Conasauga requires traveling rough mountain dirt roads, but the lake is worth the journey. The campground and recreation area serve as an excellent base camp for hiking and fishing in the Cohutta Wilderness Area or other surrounding trout streams on USDA Forest Service land. Key species: largemouth bass, bluegill."

"The Lake Conasauga Recreation Area, located in the Chattahoochee National Forest very near the Tennessee state line, provides a variety of hiking opportunities. The elevation remains above 3,000 feet, making this a relatively cool place in summer.

The Arkaquah trailhead is at the northwest corner of the Brasstown Bald parking area. The west end trailhead is at Track Rock Road and the parking area for the Track Rock Archaeological Area. The trail begins on the opposite side of the road 35 yards down from the parking area. The roads are clear during much of the winter; however, an occasional snow makes the road from Highway 180 to the Brasstown parking area impassible."

"Sitting at an elevation of 3150 feet, Lake Conasauga is the highest lake in Georgia. Spanning 19 acres, the lake is off-limits to gas-powered motorboats, making this a serene place to hike, paddle, swim, or fish for bass and trout. The lake also lies near extensive wildlands, including portions of the Cohutta Wilderness and large areas of forest managed to provide habitat for a wide array of songbirds.

This hike begins on the 1-mile lake loop, and then follows the Tower Trail for 2 miles to the top of Grassy Mountain (3600 feet). There you can ascend a fire tower to get an almost-360-degree view of farmland and surrounding ridges. After walking back down the mountain, you can turn onto the Songbird Trail, which lies within the 120-acre Songbird Management Area. Here, there is a large pond formed by a beaver dam and a wood platform that serves as a prime spot for viewing wildlife."

Lake Conasauga Reviews

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The best day hike in Georgia, bar none. Started at Track Rock, up to top of Brasstown Bald,and then back. 12.2 miles RT, 4500 ft ascent (including up and down on various peaks). Great workout, unparalled views. Not as hard as some have said - many switchbacks on slope from Track Rock Gap make the big ascent relatively easy. But I wouldn't start at Brasstown Bald parking lot to do the round trip.
Started at Track Rock Gap and hiked over to BT Bald. Very strenuous at the start and then just undulating ups-and-downs along the ridgeline. One or two parts were a bit challenging, mainly because of ice, but nothing overwhelming, Lots of long-range views. Although it was quite cold, I recommend doing this hike in the winter so you can appreciate the views. I am sure they are obstructed by leaves in the summer. Nice rocky bald about 45 minutes out from the BT Bald parking area would make for a great picnic site (in the summer). The last little bit from the BT Bald parking area to the summit is a lung buster, especially when you've already logged 5.5 miles. 3:30 to BT Bald; 2:45 return to Track Rock Gap.
Trail is strenuous from Track Rock Gap to Buzzard's Roost. Lots of ripe stawberries near TRG, wood warbler diversity was notable. Wild flowers, including pink ladies slipper in full bloom. The hike from the parking lot to the top of Brasstown Bald was average, no view due to fog and low clouds. My teen aged boy scouts completed both trails in 4.5 hours counting stops for lunch and water. A few hikers turned back they looked to be in good shape and about 45- 50.
Starting from Track Rock Gap, there is a strenuous climb before cresting the ridge. The trail across the ridge line is fairly horizontal, very quiet, with grand scenic vistas of mountains in every direction. At the Brasstown Bald trailhead there is a paved path to the lookout tower on the summit. Rather crowded but no amenities. Even the restrooms were locked. Take plenty of water, there was none available at either Arkaquah trailhead when I went. And a flashlight. Night fell while I still had an hour to walk. That turned into two hours, because at night it was very very difficult to see the trail at all! But the starry sky was spectacular.
This is easily one of the best day-hikes in the Southeast. The views were magnificent, the terrain was challenging, and hiking this trail in the early fall provides for amazing weather. We started at the Brasstown bald parking area, and hiked the Arkaquah trail out and back. I highly recommend this trail, not only for the beauty and wonderful views, but the workout is worth it too!
Very nice trail, not much elevation change out to Buzzards Ridge, Views would be outstanding in winter with the leaves off the trees. Quite a steep decent in the last mile down to Track Rock Gap. I will definitely do this hike again in the winter (for the view) and the spring (for the blooms)
Good trip. Very established campsite that was full (over 4th of July weekend no surprise). High elevation (3150), so much cooler than Atlanta. Be aware of black bears in the area - don't leave any food out, even during the day. One cruised through camp both nights we were there. DNR was actively trying to capture him at the time. Oh also, be aware of the no-alcohol policy on the campground. It's a very family-oriented location. In the Cohuttas, so a nice remote drive in, but it's an established campground (not a trip for feeling of seclusion). Lake isn't that big, but has some nice bass, big catfish, and rumors of trout (who were probably sitting at the very bottom from the hot water (76 degrees at surface)). The around-lake trail is 1.5 miles and a nice little walk; great for family and dogs and stuff. Lots of fishing pressure. Everybody brings a pole. All in all, a good weekend away from ATL. Maybe coming up during the week would get you more privacy.
Our family only did the hike from the parking lot to the top of Brasstown Bald but it was a very nice hike. We did the hike in the morning and there was about 5" of snow so it was very pretty. We would have done more but from our cabin (which was 58 degrees) to the top of Brasstown it got below 30, so my son and wife didnt have proper clothing. If you go in the winter, expect the tempature to be at least 10 degrees colder but a nice hike
The trail was well maintained and the weather was great. I only encountered a few people on the trail. The trail head was slighly obscured from where you park across the street but once on the trail, it was very easy to follow. Fall is the optimum time of year to attempt this trail with the cooler less humid weather and the fall colors. This was a great trip.
We climbed the half mile summit trail only. My daughter was laughing about how easy it was in the early stages, but was panting by the time we reached the summit.

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Trail Information

Murray County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly

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Jun 2018