Lake Conasauga Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, GA
miles
LENGTH 1.4 MILES
DIFFICULTY 1.1 Easy
DURATION 1 hour
ELEVATION GAIN
120
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Loop
Lake Conasauga

Hike a short loop around Lake Conasauga, the highest elevation lake in Georgia. Enjoy this remote lake on an easy hike or add other trails in the area for a longer adventure.

From the trailhead at the day use area, follow the wide path down to the lake. There's a couple splits, one at the restrooms and another each direction. For this description, just stay right, heading past a picnic shelter. Either way you take will lead to the lake. However, if you go left before the restrooms, stay right along the picnic tables. A side trail leads away to the left on the way down.

Hiking around the lake counter-clockwise, at just under half a mile you'll reach the campground and some more open lake views. From here, follow the gravel road along the lake shore for less than a tenth of a mile before the trail re-emerges on the left. At two thirds of a mile, hike past the signed side trail to connect to the Songbird and Grassy Mountain Tower trails.

The trail continues to loop around the lake, crossing over several small bridges. There is one obvious side trail that is easy to ignore. As you approach the swimming area and where you began the hike, you can take any of the paths that leads up back to the parking lot.

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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 %
0.6 mi
54 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
503 ft
41 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
361 ft
43 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
140 ft
22 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
0 ft
0 ft
Elevation Loss
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Loss
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.4 mi
55 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
367 ft
24 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
442 ft
49 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
50 ft
9 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
121 ft
23 ft
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Details
length1.4 miles
difficulty1.1 Easy
duration1 hour
features Dog Friendly  Lake 
trail typeLoop
blazeNone
elevation gain120 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestChattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
ranger districtConasauga Ranger District
3941 Highway 76
Chatsworth, GA 30705
706-695-6736
parking fee$2/vehicle
trailhead coordinates 34.857776, -84.650667 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°51.47, W 84°39.04 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°51'28'', N 34°51'28'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.857776, -84.650667 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°51.47, W 84°39.04 most GPS units use this one
N 34°51'28'', N 34°51'28'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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See road conditions in notes below.
Parking Capacity
25-30 vehicles.
Notes
A higher ground clearance vehicle is suggested as you'll be driving 10 miles on rough gravel roads. I did see a couple sedans but image they had to navigate around many ruts and potholes.
Many forest service roads close during winter months. For current road closures, check fs.usda.gov/alerts/conf/alerts-notices or for a full google map, check fs.usda.gov/goto/road_status. Click on each road in the google map for closure information.
The campground and day use area are closed for the season on October 31st, usually opening by April 1st depending on weather. Trails should still be accessible until January when the roads close and open again by early March. Check out the road closure links above.
October 2019: Restrooms and drinking fountains are currently out of order until repairs are made. Because of this, there is currently no parking fee.
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4 (1)
hikethesouth-4 months ago
Nice Lake
This is a short easy hike that really isn't worth driving up here just for this but is great if you're camping in the area or want to add the Grassy Mountain Tower or Songbird Trails onto your adventure. Still a very pretty remote lake.
Easy | Hiked Fall 2019
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