The Back Country Horsemen
of North West Georgia


The Cohutta team is responsible for three trail areas which consist of 63 miles of trails.

The USFS-CRD West Side of the Cohutta Wilderness which includes: Iron Mountain (12m), Sumac Creek (13m), Horseshoe Bend (3.5m), Future Connector from Cottonwood Patch Camp (1.5m)

The USFS Cohutta Wilderness West Side includes: Beech Bottom (4m), East Cowpen (7m-share w/ NG), Hickory Creek (8.6m), Hickory Ridge (3.5m)

USFS-CRD: Pinhoti-Rock Creek (8m)

A Look at a Few of the Horse Trails Outside the Cohutta Wilderness Area


For folks looking for close-by great riding, overnight facilities and reasonably easy access to trail heads, the Forest Service lands and Fort Mountain State Park are the answer. Situated along the western ridges outside of the Cohutta Wilderness, these areas are reached from several points along U.S. Hwy 411 from Chatsworth, GA to the Tennessee state line.


Fort Mountain Stables and Fort Mountain State Park are the most well known of the trail systems along the Hwy 411 corridor.  Within Fort Mountain SP there are over 20 miles of horse trails, beautiful vistas, waterfalls and the remnants of historic mining operations – all with well marked trails and park trail maps. Fort Mountain Stables has 20 stalls and numerous campsites with 30A power and water hookups.  From Atlanta, go north on Hwy 411 to Chatsworth, turn right on Hwy 52, go 2.3 miles and turn left on Cliff Mine Road. Bear right at Stable entrance gate.  See:


Sumac Creek Trail is a 10 mile loop trail with an additional three miles using the middle leg of the figure-8 loop.  This trail system offers mountain climbs, stream crossings and spectacular scenery.  Portions of this trail follow old road beds and gated forest roads.  There is adequate parking for larger rigs at the north trail head and smaller rigs at the south entrance.  The south trail head is only open during spring and fall hunting seasons. To reach the south Sumac Creek trail head take FS 630 out of Crandall for approximately eight miles turn left on FS 630 C to trail head. To reach the north trail head: in Chatsworth take US 411 north from its intersection with US 76/GA 52 (1.3 mi N of courthouse) 11.6 mi to Cisco Baptist Church. Turn right on Old Ga. 2, go 3.2 mi to game check station. Turn right on FS103, accelerate up the steep hill (this road can be rough on low slung vehicles), go about 2 miles to trail parking circle on right.  Portions of the roads are narrow in places so watch out for oncoming vehicles.  No overnight facilities.


Iron Mountain Loop Trail is adjacent to the Cottonwood Patch equestrian camping grounds with tent and LQ camping sites. The Iron Mountain Loop Trail (including some road riding) totals 12 miles. From the trailhead at Cottonwood Patch follow the trail four miles to its end at the Junction with the Doogan Mountain Road, FS1-A.  Turn right and go about 0.7 miles to a road intersection.  Turn right and travel another two miles to the end of the road where you begin the downhill run to the Conasauga River.  Ford the river into Tennessee and proceed about 400 feet where the trail merges into the Conasauga River Trail.  Follow the trail upriver about three miles to Sheeds Creek parking area.  Turn right out of the parking area and follow the roads back to Cottonwood Patch.  To reach the Cottonwood Patch camp grounds and Iron Mountain trailhead, In Chatsworth take US 411 north from its intersection with US 76/GA 52 (1.3 mi N of courthouse) 11.6 mi to Cisco Baptist Church. Turn right on Old Ga. 2, go 3.2 mi to game check station. Go straight, past game station, approximately five miles, Cottonwood Patch on left.

Be Alert! These are multi-use trails – all open to mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians.

For information about volunteering to keep these trails open, contact Jim McGarvey; 706-629-4196 or

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