Chicopee Woods Bridge & Lake Loop Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, GA
miles
LENGTH 4.9 MILES
DIFFICULTY 4.8 Easy
DURATION 2-3 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
700
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Loop
Chicopee Woods Bridge & Lake Loop

Take an enjoyable trip around the Chicopee Woods two largest loops to experience the best of what this trail system offers. While you won't find long-range vistas or tumbling waterfalls, you will find yourself crisscrossing multiple creeks and navigating around a small lake. These trails don't provide much challenge but are extremely well maintained and well marked with blazes and maps at every intersection.

Quick note: These trails are dog friendly, but only on the weekends.

There are two parking areas, one for each loop. Neither have restrooms. The Science Center has restrooms during operating hours. The Bridge Loop begins at either end of the parking lot on Elachee Dr. You could also park at the Science Center and take connecting trails. At the lake parking lot, the trail begins at either the far right corner of the lot or just inside the gate to the left of the entrance heading behind the buildings.

This loop is a combination of the Bridge Loop and the Lake Loop. Since you can begin from different starting points and take any route you want, there really are no specific directions. All intersections have trail markers and maps and the trails are all well blazed, so getting lost shouldn't be a concern no matter where you start from. Just follow the green and orange blazes. The two loops overlap for .4 miles and it's along this section you'll find the suspension bridge. You can see it from the western intersection of the two loops so you shouldn't miss it.

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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 %
1.6 mi
136 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.7 mi
250 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.4 mi
235 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
460 ft
74 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
272 ft
62 ft
Elevation Loss
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Loss
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.9 mi
118 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.8 mi
290 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.4 mi
218 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
451 ft
76 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
168 ft
41 ft
Terrain Map Click to control map
Details
length4.9 miles
difficulty4.8 Easy
duration2 - 3 hours
trail typeLoop
blazeGreen (Bridge Loop), Orange (Lake Loop)
elevation gain700 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestChicopee Woods Nature Preserve
visitor infoElachee Nature Science Center
2125 Elachee Drive
Gainesville, GA 30504
770-535-1976
hours7am-sunset (Hiking Trails)
10am-5pm, M-Sa (Science Center Mar-Nov)
10am-3pm M-F (Science Center Dec-Feb)
parking fee$5/Day, Annual passes available
trailhead coordinates 34.244116, -83.833263 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°14.65, W 83°50 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°14'39'', N 34°14'39'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.244116, -83.833263 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°14.65, W 83°50 most GPS units use this one
N 34°14'39'', N 34°14'39'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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The trail can be accessed at either end of the parking lot. You can also park at the Elachee Nature Science Center and use connecting trails or at the Chicopee Lake Parking lot at 2100 Calvary Church Road. At the lake, the trail begins in the far right corner of the parking lot or behind the building on the left at the entrance. The paved path heads out to the lake.
Parking Capacity
30 parking spots at the Elachee Drive Lot, 50 parking spots + 4 RV/Bus spots at the Lake Lot
Notes
Dogs are allowed on Saturday and Sunday, but not Monday - Friday.
Restrooms are only available at the Science Center during operating hours.
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4.5 (2)
hikethesouth-6 months ago
Perfect way to get lost for a couple hours
This is a great little trail system. No real major features other than a small lake and a suspension bridge, but the trails are very well marked and maintained. Just a great set of forest trails to get out of the sun and enjoy the sights and sounds of the woods.
Easy | Hiked Spring 2020
AtlasFire-6 months ago
Nice laid back hike
This hike was fairly easy with only a few strenuous hills that are very short lived. Saw a few blazers jogging the entire loops so it’s very laid back. The small lake has a few covered pavilion areas accessible by wooden bridges. There’s a cool suspension bridge connecting the two loops in the center of the park. Ran across quite a few snakes make sure you guys keep your eyes open!
Easy-Medium | Hiked Spring 2020
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