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Coopers Furnace and Pine Mountain Summit from Old River Road

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Pine Mountain (near Cartersville)   Hike: Coopers Furnace and Pine Mountain Summit from Old River Road  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Jun 10 2022  10:00 am >> Fri, Jun 10 2022 1:00 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Jun 9 2022 4:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jun 10 2022 8:00 am
Event Duration:3 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:6.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Holt Ward
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
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Are Dogs Permitted: No


Let’s hike Pine Mountain near Cartersville along with a trip to the historic Cooper's Iron Furnace.  For this hike we will start at the Coopers Furnace Day Use Area on Old River Road.   

We will first visit Coopers Furnace, an old iron furnace used in the mid 1850s and early 1860s until it the furnace operations were destroyed by General Sherman in 1864.  The furnace itself survived and is interesting to visit.  We will start towards Pine Mountain using the Coopers Furnace Connector trails to the base of Pine Mountain. 

We will begin our climb up the east side of Pine Mountain using the East Loop trail.     As we head up to the top of the mountain we will gain approximately 800 feet of altitude, reaching the David Archer overlook with an excellent view of Lake Allatoona.  

After a short break to take in the view, we will begin heading down the mountain continuing the East Loop until we reach the Pine Mountain Connector again.  We will continue on the connector until we reach the Laurel Ridge trail which we will take to its end before decending on a steep access road until we reach the Coopers Furnace parking lot again and the end of our hike.

Our hike will transit about 6.5 miles with a total gain of about 1300 feet, taking us about 3 hours to complete.  I would definitely not recommend this hike for beginners due to the overall elevation gain, the footing expecially on the Laurel Ridge trail and the length of the hike.

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  • Google Maps recognizes Coopers Furnace Day Use Area
  • The coordinates for this trailhead parking are 34.164509, -84.733437

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