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Songbird Trail - Hike Grassy Mountain, Georgia

by JP on Aug.28, 2008, under Georgia Hiking Trails

Length: 1.7 mile partial loop

Difficulty Rating: Easy

This Trail is a great loop trail that circles along the Little Conasauga River area where beavers appear to have been undertaking some serious dam building.

Songbird Trail can be accessed from two points. One access is at its trail head along the service road. The other access to Songbird Trail is from the Lake Conasauga Campground via the Lake Conasauga Trail.

The trail head along the Service Road provides nearby parking and primitive restrooms. The Trail is a relatively easy loop that crosses runs alongside and crosses the river via a low wooden bridge.

Length: 1.5-2.0 miles

Trails connecting to the Songbird Trail:

Lake Conasauga Trail

Grassy Mountain Tower Trail

Nearby Camgrounds:

Lake Conasauga Campground

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Lake Conasauga Campground, Georgia Campground

by JP on Aug.27, 2008, under Camping

Lake Conasauga campground provides beautiful camping sites around Lake Conasauga, the highest lake in Georgia. The campground is open from mid-April to October. The campground and the lake are located atop Grassy Mountain, in the Chattahoochee Forest. This campground and the trails around it provide beautiful views of the Cohutta Wilderness.

Campsites:

35 Sites - Located adjacent to the 19 acre lake on one side. The sites progress uphill away from the lake.The campsites have a tent pad, a fire ring, a grill, and some have wooden picnic tables.

Author’s Note: If you want a site on the lake, I would definitely recommend getting there early, especially on busy holidays.

Trails at the Campground:

Lake Conasauga Trail

Songbird Trail

Grassy Mountain Tower Trail

Directions to the Campground:

1. From Location get directions to Chatsworth, Georgia

2. From Chatsworth, GA take US 411 North 4 miles.

3. Turn Right at Traffic Light in Eton.

4. Follow this Road until the Pavement Ends, and it becomes a dirt road called Forest Service Road 18.

5. At Forest Service Road 18 continue until there is a left turn onto Forest Service Road 68 (note as of April, 2008, this road was temporarily closed for improvements, and travelers were detoured along FS 18 until following signs to the campground). Follow FS 68 10 miles following all signs indicating the direction of the Campground.

6. Alternatively, one could take US 52 from Ellijay west to Forest Service Road 18. Continue on FS 18 to the FS 68 junction, and follow FS 68 to the Campground.

Author’s Note:      Lake Conasauga Campground is not an easy campground to get to.  It requires driving on some somewhat harsh dirt roads. While it is possible to make it up and down the mountain in a standard car, I would recommend using a vehicle with higher clearance if possible, or be prepared for a very slow bumpy drive.

My experience at Lake Conasauga:

Camping at Lake Conasauga was a very enjoyable experience. I stayed on a tent pad on the lake shore. During my stay, I enjoyed fishing, canoeing, hiking, and relaxing by a fire right on the lake. It should be noted that this campground does seem to be concerned with black bears. While no bears were seen during my stay, the volunteers at the campground said they been known to enter the campground in search of food. As such, it is necessary to store your food in your car or bear lockers. This is not problematic at this site, however, as you can park your car right next to the tent pad.

Please feel free to leave any advice, comments, or questions about this Campground, and I will try to answer anything I can about my experiences there.

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Outdoors in the South

by JP on Aug.16, 2008, under Camping, Cycling Trails, Disc Golf, Hiking Trails

Welcome to the first post of SouthernHiker.com. This site will be dedicated to all things outdoors in the Southern United States.

I hope this site will provide a place for hikers, campers, cyclists, and the like to talk about their favorite trails in the South, best camping locations, and discuss equipment that has been useful, or not so useful on your outdoors adventures. More is to come, as I will continue to develop this site over the next month or so.

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