Lake Winfield Scott

Union County, Georgia

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Lake Winfield Scott is a hiking trail in Union County, Georgia. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 2,876 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 190 feet. The Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. The Lake Winfield Scott (elevation 2,854 feet) reservoir can be seen along the trail. Near the end of the trail are a beach and restrooms.
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Lake Winfield Scott is a hiking trail in Union County, Georgia. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 2,876 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 190 feet. The Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. The Lake Winfield Scott (elevation 2,854 feet) reservoir can be seen along the trail. Near the end of the trail are a beach and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Parking and Authorized Vehicles Only.
Activity Type: Fishing, Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Union County
Distance: 0.7
Elevation Gain: 190 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 2,876 feet
Top Elevation: 2,884 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Elevation Min/Max: 2867/2884 ft
Elevation Start/End: 2876/2876 ft

Lake Winfield Scott Professional Reviews and Guides

"The USDA Forest Service’s Lake Winfield Scott is an 18-acre lake at the headwaters of Cooper Creek. Periodically stocked with trout, and surrounded by beautiful scenery, the small lake is popular with anglers, picnickers, and campers. Lake Winfield Scott is completely surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest. Since it is situated high in an undeveloped watershed, the waters in Lake Winfield Scott are usually ultraclear. The sometimes steep shoreline is forested, but there are plenty of openings to fish from, making a boat more of a luxury than a necessity.

The Civilian Conservation Corps built the lake in the 1930s and it has been popular ever since. The scenery is outstanding and the lake offers good fishing for both stocked rainbow trout and warm-water species including largemouth bass and sunfish. The Appalachian Trail runs nearby, and two approach trails start at the lake and eventually join the main trail. In addition, a trail circles the lake giving anglers an easy walk from one spot to another. Key species: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill."

"Like many other facilities in the Georgia highlands, Lake Winfield Scott and its recreation area were projects constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. The clear 18-acre lake offers fishing, swimming, and camping. Warwoman Dell is better known for its historical significance than for its trails, which are short and easily covered in about an hour of leisurely walking. Other loop
trails in the day-use area make excellent optional walks.

You can also learn the history of the pre–Civil War Black Mountain Railroad, including the uncompleted tunnel. Picnic shelters, running water, and clean restrooms make this a very pleasant break in a visit to the mountains of northeastern Georgia. The trail system here is joined by a short segment of the Bartram Trail.A metal historic marker on the road-side describes the significance of the trail."

"Like many other facilities in the Georgia highlands, Lake Winfield Scott and its recreation area were projects constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. The clear 18-acre lake offers fishing, swimming, and camping. Wildflower and bird viewing are also exceptional here.

Many of the place names in this area hark back to an earlier history. Both Slaughter Creek and Gap, along with nearby Blood Mountain, got their gruesome names from a sixteenth-century battle between Native American tribes that supposedly
occurred here. One version names the adversaries as the Cherokees and Creeks, with the Cherokee victory sealing their claim to the Georgia mountains. Unfortunately, with no written history from the period, that remains just one line of conjecture. The recreation area contains one trail and the opening sections of two others."

"Sitting high in the Chattahoochee National Forest, 18-acre Lake Winfield Scott is the launch point for the Slaughter Creek and Jarrard Gap trails. These two paths follow the same treadway for 0.2 mile and then split. Slaughter Creek ascends northeast through a watershed to Slaughter Gap, while Jarrard Gap runs south along Lance Branch before climbing to a gap and intersection with the Appalachian Trail (AT).

For a good dayhike you can walk a loop that begins on the Slaughter Creek Trail and then takes the AT southwest to meet the Jarrard Gap Trail. The climbing is mostly moderate as you pass through stands on mountain laurel and rhododendrons as well as hardwood forests of mostly oak."

Lake Winfield Scott Reviews

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It was a cloudy/rainey day. Our group formed about 10 am and went on the 1.2 mile loop; what great views; meadows of 5 or 6 diffeent trillium in bloom. pink lady slipper; wild violets; giant chickweed; indian cucumber root; mandrin and many others in full bloom; The woods were quiet and the trail went into the fog; almost an other world experience; Fininshed the entire 6.1 miles about 2:30.
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