Cooper Creek

Union County, Georgia

Distance1.6mi
Elevation Gain1,342ft
Trailhead Elevation2,176ft
Top2,432ft
Elevation Min/Max2164/2432ft
Elevation Start/End2176/2176ft

Cooper Creek

Cooper Creek is a hiking trail in Union County, Georgia. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 2,176 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,342 feet.

Cooper Creek Professional Reviews and Guides

"Cooper Creek runs though public land for most of its length and offers a good mix of both the easy and difficult brands of Georgia trout fishing. Cooper (often called Coopers) Creek is a tributary to the Toccoa River. Except the lowermost segment and one other small area, the creek flows over lands of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Cooper Creek provides something for everyone, no matter what style of trout fishing you prefer.

The lower reaches of the stream around the two USDA Forest Service campgrounds can be very crowded angling, especially right after opening day and on summer weekends. This portion of the stream is heavily stocked. Farther up the creek, access becomes much more difficult and the crowds drop off dramatically. Both stocked and native trout are possible here. The small tributaries to Cooper Creek also provide trout fishing opportunities. These waters are small though, and fishing them can be hard work. Key species: rainbow trout, brown trout."

"As you circle Cooper Creek Scenic Area, you may begin to wonder if there is a hill around every bend. Fortunately, none are too long and the wide forest road gives you plenty of room to maneuver. Highlights: Recreation and scenic area, small cascades, views, rolling hills"

"Cooper Creek runs through pristine wilderness and is one of the most primitive small streams in the state. It is not easily traversed by canoe. Consider it an explorative
run. The channel is small, tight, and sometimes overhung with knarled rhododendron limbs.

It’s lovely. The narrow streambed also holds a fair number of deadfalls, forcing frequent portages. Allow plenty of time for that; you’ll need it. Scouting and portaging are possible at most major rapids. This run passes through a remote wilderness with no nearby road access. If you need to exit the creek before reaching your vehicle, a signi?cant hike will be in order. The hike gets easier after emerging from the rhododendron thickets that crowd the banks."

"Part of the Cooper Creek Scenic Area, the Yellow Mountain Trail follows an old logging road through exceptional forest of old-growth trees, and its high point—just shy of 3000 feet—allow views into the wild heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Dropping down through rhododendron thickets, the trail crosses Bryant Creek in a ravine with towering pines and hemlocks. If you can, time your hike to cross this area in late afternoon when sunset bathes the forest floor in an orange glow."

"The Cooper Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) covers 30,000 acres of forested mountain ridges within the Chattahoochee National Forest. The property is owned by the US Forest Service, but hunting and fishing are managed by the Georgia Department of Natu"

"The Cooper Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) covers 30,000 acres of forested mountain ridges within the Chattahoochee National Forest. The property is owned by the US Forest Service, but hunting and fishing are managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. A portion of the WMA around the Cooper Creek Recreation Area campground is designated as the Cooper Creek Scenic Area."

Cooper Creek Reviews

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7/16/2018
This a big recreation area for outdoor enthusiasts. There are several hikes and the creek is used a lot during fishing season. This is one of the nicest creeks I've seen on a hike with lots of picture perfect views. The forests are beautiful as well. The trails aren't very difficult and anyone can enjoy them.
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7/26/2010
My little 12 lb. Yorkie and myself ventured out here and was awe struck at the trial and Falls. Took lots of pics and then enjoyed camping at the Beach. Safe like it was 30 yrs. ago.
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Trail Information

Union County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Fishing, Hiking
Additional Use
For marked trails in the Cooper Creek Scenic Area or camping in the Cooper Creek Recreation Area: USDA Forest Service, Blue Ridge Ranger District, 2042 SR 515 West, Blairsville 30512; (706) 745-6928, www.fs.usda.gov/conf
Local Contacts
USGS Mulky Gap; USDA Forest Service Chattahoochee National Forest map
Local Maps

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Oct 2018