Chicopee Woods Lake Loop Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, GA
miles
LENGTH 2.9 MILES
DIFFICULTY 2.6 Easy
DURATION 1-2 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
380
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Loop
Chicopee Woods Lake Loop

Take a relaxing walk around this 3-mile loop to enjoy lake views, quite creeks and a suspension bridge. Dog friendly on weekends, but not Monday thru Friday. A great hike for young kids or anyone looking to enjoy an easy hike for a couple of hours.

Begin the hike at the Lake Parking Lot. No restrooms are available so make a pit stop along the way. 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. Both are marked with a trail marker and a map. The paved path and trail behind the pavilion both go down to the lake.

You can hike this loop in either direction. All intersections are well marked with blazed trail markers and maps. Follow the markers for the Lake Loop blazed orange. If you head out to the left of the entrance, the trail immediately grants you a great view of the lake. Most of this loop follows small creeks, making for a very tranquil experience.

The Lake Loop and the Bridge Loop connect for .4 miles. Along this section is the suspension bridge over the larger creek. Combine the Bridge and Lake Loops for a longer 5-mile hike. Other than the section along the lake, the entire trail in under dense tree cover, making a good option in the summer heat. Small side trails also let you explore the creeks a little more closely.

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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 mi
84 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.4 mi
147 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.2 mi
118 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
287 ft
46 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
99 ft
20 ft
Elevation Loss
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Loss
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.6 mi
80 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.5 mi
166 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.2 mi
132 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
191 ft
33 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
23 ft
7 ft
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Details
length2.9 miles
difficulty2.6 Easy
duration1 - 2 hours
trail typeLoop
blazeOrange
elevation gain380 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
trailhead coordinates 34.227312, -83.824948 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°13.64, W 83°49.5 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°13'38'', N 34°13'38'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.227312, -83.824948 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°13.64, W 83°49.5 most GPS units use this one
N 34°13'38'', N 34°13'38'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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Parking Capacity
50 parking spots + 4 RV/Bus spots
Notes
Dogs are allowed on Saturday and Sunday, but not Monday - Friday.
Restrooms are only available at the Science Center on Elachee Dr during operating hours.
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Average Review Rating
4 (1)
hikethesouth-5 months ago
Relaxing hike, Lake view
Nice short loop with lake views, creeks, and a suspension bridge. Well marked intersections and maintained trails make this easy to navigate. Other trails can be combined for longer hikes.
Easy | Hiked Spring 2020
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