Long Branch Loop Aska Trail System, GA
miles
LENGTH 2.2 MILES
DIFFICULTY 2.1 Easy
DURATION 1 hour
ELEVATION GAIN
310
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Loop
Long Branch Loop

Looking for a relaxed walk in the woods? Long Branch Loop may be the trail for you. A relatively flat 2-mile loop, this hike crosses over Long Branch creek twice and keeps you in the shade for an enjoyable easy hike in the summer months. Great for young kids and dogs. Mountain bikes are allowed along this loop as well.

Begin the hike at the end of the parking lot at the information sign. Several side trails leave the parking lot but connect to the main path pretty quickly, but stay on the official trail.

At .17 miles the trail splits, forming the loop. You can take either direction, but the elevation graph below is for staying left, hiking clockwise around the loop. There are two other intersections. One at the sign for the Green Mountain Trail and one unmarked and unblazed intersection. Either direction you're hiking, stay to the inside of the loop.

The hike is mostly level with minor elevation changes making it perfect for a relaxed walk or to take young kids. You'll cross over Long Branch Creek twice. Once over a wood bridge and once over a land bridge. So no rock hoping required. At 1.8 miles if going clockwise, you'll see a side trail on the left and the remnants of an old homestead. Mostly just the chimney is left now.

If you're looking for something longer and more difficult, try Flat Creek Loop just across the road.

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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 %
0.8 mi
83 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.4 mi
122 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.2 mi
116 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
88 ft
14 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
0 ft
0 ft
Elevation Loss
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Loss
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.3 mi
47 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.3 mi
117 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.2 mi
92 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
375 ft
62 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
139 ft
31 ft
Terrain Map Click to control map
Navigation
Reverse Hike loop in reverse direction.
0.0 mi
0.0 mi - Trailhead Trail begins at the end of the parking lot next to the into sign.
0.17 mi
0.17 mi - Loop Split, Stay Left To hike clockwise, stay to the left.
1.22 mi
1.22 mi - Cross Bridge
1.34 mi
1.34 mi - Green Mountain Trail, Stay Straight Stay straight at the signed intersection with the Long Branch Connector Trail leading to the Green Mountain Trail.
1.82 mi
1.82 mi - Side Trail to Homestead on Left In winter you'll be able to see the chimney from the trail. In summer it might be a little more obscured.
1.85 mi
1.85 mi - Unmarked Split, Stay Right Stay right to stay to the inside of the loop.
1.92 mi
1.92 mi - Cross Creek Just afterward is an opportunity to explore the creek a bit.
2.08 mi
2.08 mi - Return to Loop Split, Stay Left
2.24 mi
2.24 mi - Return to Trailhead
Details
length2.2 miles
difficulty2.1 Easy
duration1 hour
trail typeLoop
blazeGreen
elevation gain310 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestAska Trail System
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
ranger districtBlue Ridge Ranger District
2042 Highway 515 West
Blairsville, GA 30512
706-745-6928
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 34.806772, -84.276035 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°48.41, W 84°16.56 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°48'24'', N 34°48'24'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.806772, -84.276035 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°48.41, W 84°16.56 most GPS units use this one
N 34°48'24'', N 34°48'24'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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Parking Capacity
10-12 vehicles depending on how people park.
Notes
Watch out for mountain bikers.
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4 (1)
hikethesouth-6 months ago
Nice Easy Loop
Nothing too special along this loop, just a nice easy walk in the woods. Really good for young kids or if just looking to spend an hour in the forest enjoying nature.
Easy | Hiked Winter 2020
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