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Cochran Shoals Loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cochran Shoals Trailhead - Interstate North - NOT Columns Drive Entrance   Hike: Cochran Shoals Loop   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, May 25 2023  8:30 am >> Thu, May 25 2023 11:00 am
Registration Opens: Mon, May 22 2023 8:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, May 25 2023 7:30 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:6 Miles
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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
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Please join me on a hike of the Cochran Shoals Loop at the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. Please arrive about 10 minutes early for introductions. We will stop along the way for a group photo. The time given for the duration of the hike is approximate.  

We will hike along the Chattahoochee River and then cross over a wetlands path, walk on a sunny gravel path for a short distance and then ascend into the beautiful shaded woods.  

In total we will cover about 6 miles and about 400 feet of elevation.  For most of the hike we will be on trails that allow mountain bikers. But the trails are wide and we will be going in the opposite direction of the bikers so we will see them coming. We will be fine if we stay to the right.  Wear bright colors for more safety.  There are no steep hills, but rolling hills and rooty rocky areas.  Hiking poles would be  helpful.  

A CRNRA pass on your car is required.  One day fee is $5.00  Or you can buy an annual pass for $40.00,  If you do not have a pass you can purchase one online at   You can also buy a pass using a QR code sign in the parking lot,  

There are bathrooms at the trailhead.  

Required Items to Bring:

hiking boots


CRNRA Parking Pass

Recommended Items to Bring:
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hiking poles


hat or visor

insect repellent

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

 The official address is 1956 Eugene Gunby Road. That address works on Google Maps and Waze. If you are driving south on Powers Ferry in East Cobb make a left turn at Interstate North Parkway before going under 285. Then make a left turn in about a half mile just before the river into the parking lot. This is NOT the entrance at the end of Columns Drive which also is called the Cochran Shoals Trail.  We will start at the Cochran Shoals trailhead off of Interstate North just north of I-285.


coordinates 33.90233, -84.44428


There are bathrooms at the trailhead. 

CRNRA Parking pass required.  

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