Pine Log Creek Trail System Bartow County Parks and Recreation, GA
DURATION 2-3 hours
Pine Log Creek Trail System

May 18, 2020 - Many parks and hiking trails are open but some are still closed or limiting capacity. Call ahead to verify status if possible. While hiking, continue to follow social distancing practices. Stay safe people.

A hidden treasure, the Pine Log Creek Trail System provides 4.5 miles of beautiful trails, a few good views, quiet streams, and the picturesque CCC Quarry Pond. There may not be any spectacular vistas or roaring waterfalls, these quiet trails never get boring, providing enough interest to make your only wish that they were longer.

The parking lot is on the small side. Pass the two information signs to head out from the parking lot to the West Loop. This connector trail is flat and easy, passing over a raised log bridge crossing a quiet stream.

Shortly you will come to a sign for the West Loop pointing straight and back the way you came. This is a pretty easy layout, however, one major junction and a faded, hard to read map can trip you up from the start (see terrain map below). Looking to the right, you will see a footbridge and then a path going both to the right and left. The path to the right after the footbridge is not an official trail, even though there are a few blazes along the way. Instead, taking a left here will take you along the south side of the West Loop. For this description, however; we will take the north side of the West Loop first, so continue straight at the first sign, completely skipping the confusing junction after the footbridge below. In general, if it doesn’t look like a maintained trail, it probably isn’t.

Head up the West Loop trail. This is the steepest part of the hike, gaining over 400 feet in .7 miles. There are a few descent views along the way up. The trail then descends as quickly as it climbed, eventually following along a small creek before coming to the junction with the East Loop. Take the short connector trail to the East Loop then continue around this loop in the same clockwise direction. This loop is considerably easier than the previous section of trail. At the opposite end you will come to the short CCC Quarry trail, providing access to the Quarry pond.

The Quarry Pond is the high point of this trail system. With steep hills rising around it and large rock formations protruding from beneath it, this beautiful small pond is worth the effort. A great place to take a dip in the summer, you will most likely not be alone here. For those that and confident and careful, follow the trail around the edge of the pond and rock hop up on the largest of the rocks rising from the water’s surface. Once you’re ready to head back, continue hiking around the East Loop until you reach the connector trail with the West Loop. Then complete the loop for the West Loop trail, arriving at the original intersection. Retrace your steps back to the parking lot to end out the hike.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Terrain Map Click to control map
length4.6 miles
difficulty6.9 Easy-Medium
duration2 - 3 hours
trail typeDouble Loop
elevation gain870 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestBartow County Parks and Recreation
visitor infoParks and Recreation Department
31 Beavers Drive
Cartersville, GA 30120
hoursDaylight - Dusk
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 34.348414, -84.664818 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°20.9, W 84°39.89 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°20'54'', N 34°20'54'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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34.348414, -84.664818 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°20.9, W 84°39.89 most GPS units use this one
N 34°20'54'', N 34°20'54'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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Climbing on rocks and boulders present a certain level of skill and common sense. Watch children closely.
Rocks under the water are not always visible if jumping in the water.
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hikethesouth-2 years ago
Quiet and Beautiful
Beautiful trails especially in Spring. There some challenges but nothing too major. Babbling streams. Picturesque quarry pond. If you live in north Atlanta, don't miss this one.
Easy-Medium | Hiked Spring 2013
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