Distance

4.5 Miles

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Loop

Added by

Nick Tort

Dog Friendly
Forest
Scenic

Get a great workout and taken in stunning views of Allatoona Lake from the summit of Pine Mountain.

The Pine Mountain Trail winds and climbs its way to awesome summit views, along massive granite outcrops and serene forest. Hike over wooden bridges, across sparkling streams, past misty waterfalls & rock outcroppings, varied forest, scenic overlooks, & leaping deer. This local gem is tucked away near Cartersville (under 40 miles from midtown Atlanta). 

Take the West Spur Trail out of the Pine Mountain Trail west trailhead, then turn right onto West Loop Trail at 0.2 mile. You will climb up a series of switchbacks before turning right onto East Pass Trail at one mile, followed by another right onto Summit Overlook Trail.

Enjoy views of Allatoona Lake and Atlanta from the summit. Pack a lunch and have a picnic or find some trees to sling a hammock – this trail is rated as one of the top place sin GA to enjoy from the sweet saddle of a hammock.

When you're ready to descend, stay on Summit Overlook Trail, then turn right onto East Pass Trail, which will lead you to another lookout point along the way. At 1.45 miles, turn right onto East Loop Trail, taking you across Cooper Branch Creek. You will gain some elevation again, providing more views of the lake, then intersect with East Pass Trail. Turn right here, and continue on to West Loop Trail, where you take another right. Finally, at 4.35 miles you will turn right onto West Spur Trail to return to the trailhead.

Many locals use this area for trail running, family outings and dog-walking. 

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Reviews

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Overall rating: 

Awesome!

This a great hike, and if you’re into climbing there are a few pretty fun boulders, nothing too crazy though

Fun Trail

Great view of Kennesaw mountain and on a clear day, Stone Mountain

Mark Horn

over 1 year ago

The View

This trail is all about the view. It's a winding uphill hike and you earn every bit of the view by the time you reach the top.

Distance

4.5 Miles

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Loop

Added by

Nick Tort

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