Lake Conasauga

Murray County, Georgia

Distance1.1mi
Elevation Gain189ft
Trailhead Elevation3,146ft
Top3,167ft
Elevation Min/Max3139/3167ft
Elevation Start/End3146/3146ft

Lake Conasauga

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. This trail connects with the following: Grassy Mountain Tower.

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"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." Read more
Afoot and Afield Atlanta: 108 Spectacular Outings in North-Central Georgia (Wilderness Press)
Marcus Woolf
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"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." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Georgia & South Carolina (The Mountaineers Books)
Steve Goodrich & Ashley Goodrich
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"The Conasauga River is a favorite destination in north Georgia for both hikers and their dogs, and it is particularly worthy in the warm summer months when fishing and swimming are possible in the many shallow pools tucked along the scenic river. For overnight backpackers, there are numerous campsites along the Conasauga, and this is a great wilderness experience for anyone who appreciates the remote and rustic woodlands that are characteristic of the national forests." Read more

Lake Conasauga Reviews

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4/9/2010
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.
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12/28/2009
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.
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8/15/2009
Nice walk down to the Conasauga River on the Hickory Creek trail. Trail is an easy walk down to the river. Only 1 creek crossing. When we did this trail, there were a boy scout troop camping at the river. We took 2 1/2 hrs for the complete round trip.
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5/24/2009
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.
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12/30/2008
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.
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11/24/2008
I and a friend hiked a portion of the Conasauga River Trail until it connected with Panther Creek. We then followed Panther Creek Trail to the top of the falls. We stopped for lunch and then hiked back. The day was very cool and with a light, intermittent rain. I expected to be wet and cold, but we kept up our activity and used light rainwear, and it was actually a perfect day.
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8/8/2008
Great trail that enthusiasts will enjoy, but moderate enough that even the least experienced hiker/backpacker can enjoy with the help of a more experienced friend.
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8/8/2008
Great hike! Great place to swim. This trail has some nice, flat camp sites for overnght.
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7/21/2008
We hit the trail at Betty Gap and descended a few miles to the junction of Chestnut Lead Trail right along the river. This is a very beautiful area with a lot of award-potential photography in sight! If coming in late March-early April remember to bring extra layers for the 30 degree nights. I would recommend this trail to everyone!
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Trail Information

Murray County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
U.S. Forest Service, Conasauga District
Local Contacts
USGS Crandall
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018