Miller Trek Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, GA
miles
LENGTH 6.4 MILES
DIFFICULTY 10.2 Medium
DURATION 3-4 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
1620
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Loop
Miller Trek

March 24, 2020 - Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, many parks and hiking trails are closed. It is advised that you do not travel to hike. Many trails have been swarmed with visitors which only helps spread the virus. Stay safe people.

Journey along the Miller Trek for a quite loop and an amazing view of Young Harris, Hiawassee, and the Brasstown Wilderness. A great hike year round and less popular than nearby adventures but no less the reward. With nice consistent elevation changes, this is also a great hike for those building up to more difficult hikes.

There are several parking lots mostly for the resort but none are restricted for hikers. This trail shouldn't be too crowded so you'll be able to park in the first lot on the right where the trailhead is located. The first section follows a pretty creek that will be somewhat hidden in summer. While the entirely of the trail is slightly rocky, the first section is more so.

There are two loops to hike, the green-blazed Miller Trek and the blue-blazed Keys Branch Loop, with multiple intersections between them. The easiest way to begin this hike is to just stay right, following the green blazes through the first three intersections.

The trail climbs at a consistent rate of 500 ft/mile for almost three miles. On the way up you'll pass the Miller Trek shortcut trail if you prefer to cut this loop short; however, you'll miss the views. At 2.1 miles there's an obvious side trail on the right that quickly ends at a road. If you cross the road there is a good view of Young Harris through the trees, but the main view on the later side trail is much better so you can skip this one.

After reaching the high point on this loop before you begin back down there's a side trail on the right about .15 miles after the sharp u-turn around the rocks if heading counter-clockwise. Walk .2 miles along the ridge line, dropping down to several large rocky openings with views south into the Brasstown Wilderness. Straight ahead but just out of sight behind the higher peaks is Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest mountain.

The rest of the hike descends almost at the same rate it ascended. Pass the other intersection with the Miller Short Trek and connect back to the blue loop at mile 5.5, turning left. Continue to follow the green blazes and signs, crossing through the middle of a 4-way intersection before coming back to the point where the green loop split. Retrace your steps back to the trailhead to complete your adventure.

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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
94 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
1.1 mi
418 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
1 mi
598 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
0.4 mi
327 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
0.2 mi
198 ft
Elevation Loss
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Loss
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.5 mi
90 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
1.1 mi
407 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.9 mi
511 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
0.4 mi
353 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
0.2 mi
304 ft
Terrain Map Click to control map
Navigation
Reverse Hike loop in reverse direction.
0.0 mi
0.0 mi - Trailhead
0.1 - 0.6 mi
0.1 - 0.6 mi - Stay Right Thru 3 Intersections Stay right through 3 intersections with the blue-blazed Keys Branch Loop, continuing to follow the green blazes. The second intersection the Miller Trek splits to form it's loop, but continue to the right to hike counter-clockwise.
1.05 mi
1.05 mi - Shortcut on Left, Stay Straight The Miller Trek shortcut leaves to the left if you want to miss the views and make this a shorter hike.
2.12 mi
2.12 mi - Side Trail on Right A side trail leaves the loop and quickly ends at a paved road with a view of Young Harris on the other side through the trees. The mileage listed here does not include this side trail, which would be just over .1 miles.
2.71 mi
2.71 mi - Side Trail to View on Right The main view is located down a side trail on the right 0.15 miles after making a sharp u-turn around some rocks.
2.89 mi
2.89 mi - Views Multiple open views along bare rocks to the southeast and southwest.
4.9 mi
4.9 mi - Shortcut on Left, Stay Straight Continue past the other side of the shortcut trail.
5.56 mi
5.56 mi - Turn Left Intersection with blue loop again, turn left following sign and green blazes.
5.7 mi
5.7 mi - 4-way Intersection, Go Through Middle Go through the middle of a 4-way intersection, following the sign and the green blaze on the sign post.
5.83 mi
5.83 mi - Stay Right Finish the loop part of the hike, staying right/straight to retrace your steps back to the trailhead.
6.28 mi
6.28 mi - Stay Left Stay left at the last intersection with the blue loop.
6.4 mi
6.4 mi - Return to Trailhead
Details
length6.4 miles
difficulty10.2 Medium
duration3 - 4 hours
trail typeLoop
blazeGreen
elevation gain1620 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestChattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 34.951141, -83.839968 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°57.07, W 83°50.4 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°57'04'', N 34°57'04'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.951141, -83.839968 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°57.07, W 83°50.4 most GPS units use this one
N 34°57'04'', N 34°57'04'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Google Map It
The trailhead is at the first parking lot on the right side of the road.
Parking Capacity
100+ parking spaces. This is mainly for the Brasstown Valley Resort but there are no restrictions on hikers parking here.
Notes
Somewhat rocky throughout.
Several of the bridges have a thin layer of algae on them which makes them quite slippery. Hold on to the handrail.
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5 (1)
hikethesouth-1 month ago
Replying to Norman below. I saw no dogs listed on AllTrails as well. I called Brasstown Valley Resort, the Blue Ridge Ranger District, and the GA Dept of Natural Resources and none could confirm if dogs were not allowed. There are signs saying no pack animals or horses so I would assume if dogs were not allowed it would say as much.
Norman-1 month ago
If I recall correctly, the AllTrails app has this one listed as no dogs. Can anyone confirm whether or not dogs are allowed?
hikethesouth-1 month ago
Quite Forest Walk with Excellent Views
This is a nice hidden gem that has amazing views on a short side trail that I think a lot of people miss. If hiking counter-clockwise the side trail is 0.15 miles past the sharp u-turn around the rocks. Don't miss it. Excellent views on one side of Young Harris and on the other of Hiawassee. You can't see Brasstown Bald but it's just on the other side of the mountains directly in front of you. This makes a great winter hike and you get to enjoy some small streams all the more without the leaves and undergrowth.
Medium | Hiked Winter 2020
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