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
740
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Lollipop
Loop
Pine Mountain East Loop

Enjoy a short hike up to the summit of Pine Mountain near 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 Loop parking lot, but it's also a lot less busy. The East loop itself is much less traveled so if you're looking for a little more solitude, this is the hike for you. At least until you get to the top.

Leaving the trailhead, pass the Cooper's Furnace connector trail on the right before coming to the split that forms this loop. All intersections are well marked and navigating is easy. To the right the trail is blazed yellow. To the left, white. You can take either way but the details on this page represent going around counter-clockwise, so to the right.

The loop reconnects just before the summit. Take the now white and yellow blazed trail to connect to the summit trail. At this point the trail is blazed red and blue as well, a combination of both East and West loops. At 600 feet above the trailhead, the Pine Mountain Overlook rewards you with an expansive 180° views 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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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Slope Breakdown
Elevation Gain
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Gain
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.4 mi
39 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.4 mi
140 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.3 mi
202 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
0.3 mi
216 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
0.2 mi
196 ft
Elevation Loss
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Loss
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.1 mi
23 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.4 mi
177 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.4 mi
233 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
0.2 mi
186 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
0.1 mi
174 ft
Terrain Map Click to control map
Navigation
Reverse Hike loop in reverse direction.
0.0 mi
0.0 mi - Trailhead Head out from the trailhead, passing the Cooper's Furnace connector trail on the right at 50 feet. Within 300 feet, the trail splits to form the loop. Stay right to follow the yellow-blazed trail up to the summit.
1.5 mi
1.5 mi - Turn Right The East Loop connects back to itself, but turn right to head up the now white and yellow blazed trail to the summit trail.
1.6 mi
1.6 mi - Turn Left Turn left on the summit trail, now blazed red, blue, white, and yellow.
1.7 mi
1.7 mi - Pine Mountain Summit Overlook
1.8 mi
1.8 mi - Turn Right Leaving the summit, turn right on the white and yellow summit connector trail to head back to the East Loop.
1.9 mi
1.9 mi - Turn Right Continue to the right to head back down the East Loop, now white-blazed.
2.8 mi
2.8 mi - Return to the Trailhead Stay right when the trail reconnects the loop. Pass the Cooper's Furnace connector trail again, arriving back at the trailhead.
Details
length2.8 miles
difficulty5.2 Easy-Medium
duration1 - 2 hours
features Dog Friendly  Summit  Views 
trail typeLollipop Loop
blazeNone
elevation gain740 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)
Trailhead Directions
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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Parking Capacity
10-12 vehicles.
Notes
Mountain biking is allowed on the East Loop on Wednesday and Saturday only.
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4 (1)
hikethesouth-8 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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