Chestnut Lead Trail

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Chestnut Lead trail

An easy to moderately difficult, blue-blazed trail which provides a good look at skeletons of giant chestnut trees that thrived in this forest before the chestnut blight.

Approximate hike length:.14 miles

Directions:From Ellijay

From the Ellijay Square, travel west on GA 52 for 9.5 miles to FS 18. There is a sign for Lake Conasauga Recreation Area; turn right. After 1.3 miles the pavement ends. At the fork, bear left over a one-lane bridge. At 3.5 miles turn sharply to the right onto FS 68. At 4.5 miles is a good picnic area, and at 5.7 miles is Holly Creek Checking Station. At 6 miles is a three-way junction with FS 64. At the FS 68/FS 64 three-way intersection, turn left toward Lake Conasauga. Trail head is 2 miles past FS 68/FS 64 three-way intersection on FS 68. Parking at trail head.

Activities: hiking

Facilities: none


Closest town: Ellijay, Georgia

For more information:

Some roads are closed depending on weather conditions, so it is recommended that one call the Cohutta Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service at (706) 695-6737 in advance of a trip to check road conditions.