Vineyard Mountain Double Loop Allatoona Lake, GA
miles
LENGTH 1.6 MILES
DIFFICULTY 7.1 Easy
Medium
DURATION 1 hour
ELEVATION GAIN
730
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Double
Loop
Vineyard Mountain Double Loop

If you're looking for a shorter version of the Vineyard Mountain Eagle Scout Trails but still want a challenge, this steep double loop is for you. Starting at the northern trailhead in Riverside Day Use Area along the Etowah River, this challenging short hike is a great winter option, but makes for a good workout anytime of the year.

Riverside Day Use Area has more than trails. Disc golf, soccer goals, pavilions, and playground all along the river make this a great family destination. For this hike, park in the last lot along the road. Laminated maps are available at the trail info board.

From the trailhead, the Yellow and Blue trails split almost immediately. I hiked this counter-clockwise along the Yellow Trail first, but taking either is fine. They reconnect at a blue-blazed bench. The Blue Trail is a bit steeper, but neither are difficult compared to the Red Trail, so if you're having trouble at this point you may want to skip it.

At the blue-blazed bench, continue on the Yellow Trail a few steps to the Red Trail on the right. It reconnects with the Yellow at a small communication tower a quarter-mile further. The Red Trail is quite steep, heading up the the large communication tower at the summit of Vineyard Mountain at a rate of 1500 ft/mile. And there's not a whole lot of reason to hike it other than to get the exercise. A few views through the trees in winter and that's it.

Walk along the fence at the top, turning left at the end to head back downhill just as steeply as you hiked up. Intersecting back with the Yellow Trail at the smaller comm tower, turn right on the Yellow for a few feet to the other side of the tower and look for a side trail near the fence to a view of Allatoona Dam. Turn around and take the Yellow Trail back to the intersection with the Red and Blue, continuing back to the trailhead. If you want to explore the full Yellow Trail, I suggest starting from the Bethany Bridge trailhead for the entire Vineyard Mountain Eagle Scouts Trail System.

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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 %
0.1 mi
11 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.1 mi
61 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.2 mi
103 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
359 ft
60 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
0.3 mi
518 ft
Elevation Loss
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Loss
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.1 mi
15 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.1 mi
42 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
425 ft
49 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
507 ft
86 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
0.4 mi
561 ft
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Details
length1.6 miles
difficulty7.1 Easy-Medium
duration1 hour
features Dog Friendly  Lake  Summit  Views 
trail typeDouble Loop
blazeYellow, Blue, Red
elevation gain730 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestAllatoona Lake
visitor infoVisitor Center / Office
1138 Georgia Highway Spur 20
Cartersville, GA 30121
678-721-6700
parking fee$5/vehicle
trailhead coordinates 34.162, -84.734359 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°9.72, W 84°44.06 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°9'43'', N 34°9'43'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.162, -84.734359 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°9.72, W 84°44.06 most GPS units use this one
N 34°9'43'', N 34°9'43'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Google Map It
The trailhead is at the last parking lot along the road through the Riverside Day Use Area.
Parking Capacity
15 parking spots at the trailhead with several large parking lots nearby.
Notes
Laminated maps are available at the trailhead information board.
Rocky and rooty in places with a minor creek crossing.
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Average Review Rating
4 (1)
hikethesouth-4 months ago
Challenging Double Loop
For a very short hike, you'll get a good workout. The Red Trail especially is very steep. There's not a whole lot of views but you do get a decent one of Allatoona Dam.
Easy-Medium | Hiked Winter 2019
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