Arabia Mountain Cascade and Wilburn Farm Loop Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, GA
miles
LENGTH 3.4 MILES
DIFFICULTY 3.1 Easy
DURATION 1-2 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
420
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Trail
System
Arabia Mountain Cascade and Wilburn Farm Loop

Combine four different trail to make a figure-8 loop on these less traveled trail near Arabia Mountain near Atlanta. Hike the Cascade, Wilburn Farm, and Boomerang Trails and finally taking the paved PATH Trail back to the trailhead to explore a quiet creek and old barn on this easy loop.

Starting at the Evans Mill trailhead, take the paved PATH trail but immediately look for the orange blazed Cascade Trail on the right at the trail marker. You'll quickly come to Pole Bridge Creek, following it for a short distance. Plenty of large dry rock surfaces allow you to get out and explore the creek. The Cascade Trail crosses the PATH and continues now as the Wilburn Farm Trail, still blazed orange.

The first section of the Wilburn Farm Trail is the most difficult of these trails, quite rocky with a little incline, but by no means hard. When you come to the open field, there are several options to take. The first keeps you in the woods and heads around to the farmhouse, but I suggest staying straight, heading around the fields to the right. After the first field, stay left at the split even though there is a blaze to the right. Once you pass the barn the first trail split connects from the left, so now turn right to reconnect to the last split and continue from here. Or the easy directions are just stay right, but you'll miss the barn. See map below.

The Wilburn Farm Trail dead ends into the red-blazed Boomerang Trail. Turn right and you'll eventually come out back on the PATH trail. Turn right again to head back to the trailhead, crossing over where the Cascade and Wilburn Farm trails intersected to form a figure-8 loop. For a longer adventure, add the Laurel Creek Trail.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Slope Breakdown
Elevation Gain
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Gain
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
1.2 mi
90 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.6 mi
205 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.2 mi
132 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
195 ft
30 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
0 ft
0 ft
Elevation Loss
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Loss
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.7 mi
95 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.5 mi
184 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.2 mi
103 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
338 ft
53 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
128 ft
30 ft
Terrain Map Click to control map
Navigation
0.0 mi
0.0 mi - Evans Mill Trailhead
0.03 mi
0.03 mi - Turn Right Start of the Cascade Trail.
0.15 mi
0.15 mi - Cascades Side trails to explore the cascades along Pole Bridge Creek.
0.45 mi
0.45 mi - Turn Left Follow blazes to the left.
0.87 mi
0.87 mi - Cross PATH Cross over the PATH trail. This ends the Cascade Trail and begins the Wilburn Farm Trail.
1.28 mi
1.28 mi - Trail Intersections There will be two side trails in quick succession on the left. The first connects back at the barn. The second is just a mowed trail through the field and reconnects on the other side. The easiest navigation is just stay to the right.
1.55 - 1.65 mi
1.55 - 1.65 mi - More Intersections Again you can just stay to the right through 3 intersections. The first left is the mowed trail reconnecting. The second left is worth a walk as it goes by the old barn. If you do this, then turn right at the 4 way split where the first side trail connects from the left and straight isn't a trail. The third intersection here is just all the trails coming back together.
1.75 mi
1.75 mi - Pond
2.53 mi
2.53 mi - Turn Right Turn right on the Boomerang Trail.
2.66 mi
2.66 mi - Turn Right Turn right on the PATH trail, taking it back to the trailhead, crossing over where the Cascade and Wilburn Farm Trails connected.
3.4 mi
3.4 mi - Return to Trailhead
Details
length3.4 miles
difficulty3.1 Easy
duration1 - 2 hours
trail typeTrail System
blazeOrange (Cascade and Wilburn Farm), Red (Boomerang)
elevation gain420 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestArabia Mountain National Heritage Area
visitor infoNature Center
3787 Klondike Road
Lithonia, GA 30038
770-484-3060
hoursSunrise - Sunset
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 33.668594, -84.15017 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 33°40.12, W 84°9.01 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 33°40'07'', N 33°40'07'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
33.668594, -84.15017 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 33°40.12, W 84°9.01 most GPS units use this one
N 33°40'07'', N 33°40'07'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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Parking Capacity
10 parking spots.
Notes
Maps are available at the trailhead and the Nature Center or can be found at arabiaalliance.org.
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4 (1)
hikethesouth-4 months ago
Easy Double Loop
Nice quiet hike to find some solitude near the city. Nothing amazing on these trails but there are a few interesting things that make them more than just a trail in the woods.
Easy | Hiked Summer 2019
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