Pine Mountain East Loop Pine Mountain Recreation Area, GA
miles
LENGTH 2.8 MILES
DIFFICULTY 5.2 Easy
Medium
DURATION 1-2 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
770
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Lollipop
Loop
Pine Mountain East Loop

Enjoy a short hike up to the summit of Pine Mountain in Cartersville, GA for fantastic views to the South including Lake Allatoona. At less than 30 miles outside of Atlanta, this is a worthy short trail for those that like a little challenge as well.

The parking lot for the East trailhead is much smaller than the West parking lot, but it's also a lot less busy. The East loop itself is much less travelled than the West loop so if you're looking for a little more solitude, this is the hike for you. Immediately after leaving the parking lot, an intersection directs you to the two directions of this loop along with a connector trail to the Cooper's Furnace trailhead. Follow the signs to the East loop. All intersections are well marked and navigating is easy.

If you're heading counter-clockwise, the hike takes you over a couple small bridges before beginning it's main ascent of over 600 feet in less than a mile. At the top of the loop, follow the signs for the connector trail to the West Loop and turn on the spur trail to the summit. You're climb will be rewarded with an expansive 180° view to the south encompassing Lake Allatoona, Cartersville, and Plant Bowen to the West.

From here, you can head back the way you came, descending down the opposite side of the loop or you could continue hiking the West Loop to make this a 4.7 mile double loop.

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length2.8 miles
difficulty5.2 Easy-Medium
duration1 - 2 hours
features Dog Friendly  Summit  Views 
trail typeLollipop Loop
blazeNone
elevation gain770 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestPine Mountain Recreation Area
City of Cartersville Parks And Recreation
ranger districtParks and Recreation Department
100 Pine Grove Road
Cartersville, GA 30120
770-387-5626
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 34.176821, -84.73703 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°10.61, W 84°44.22 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°10'37'', N 34°10'37'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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34.176821, -84.73703 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°10.61, W 84°44.22 most GPS units use this one
N 34°10'37'', N 34°10'37'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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Notes
Mountain biking is allowed on the East Loop on Wednesday and Saturday only.
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hikethesouth-6 months ago
Great View for a Short Hike
Not too far outside of Atlanta, Pine Mountain recreation area offers a couple different options to get to the top of the namesake mountain where you'll have some really great views for a short hike up. The East Loop is significantly less crowded so if you want some solitude this is the way to go.
Easy-Medium | Hiked Spring 2013
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