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    Trying to Plan a Backpacking Trip. . . help me find a trail please.

    Ok, so I haven't been backpacking since . . . um . . . I was 15. That was about 25 years ago. Even then, the trip was planned out for me. 2 great trips to Philmont when I was young.

    I have never planned a backpacking trip. I am confident in my skills to survive the experience and to prepare properly. However, I can't seem to find the resources to find a trail to actually hike. I'm looking for a short loop trail, maybe 10 miles or so, with a couple of back-country campsites I can stay at (or where camping along or just off the trail is permitted). I would like something fairly close to home (within a couple of hours or so of Athens, GA). I have no idea where to begin looking. Anyone have some ideas?

    I was thinking a short backpacking trip that I can take on a Weekend, like a Friday night, arrive and camp, hike Saturday to a camp, and easy hike out Sunday. I probably won't actually be taking the trip till after the new year with all the holidays, and my lack of cold weather gear, but I wanted to 'plan one' since the first time you do something is always the hardest.

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    My favorite trails are in N Ga on the AT (Appalachian Trail). I often park either at Woody Gap or Neel Gap or Hogpen Gap, and backpack to one of the others. I do an out-and-back if I'm alone. If you park downhill from Neel Gap, you can get Mountain Crossings to check your pack before you depart, to make sure you're not carrying too much or too little.

    I may be backpacking next weekend, but not sure yet.

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    The Coosa Backcountry trail fits the bill. It's a 12 mile loop starting and ending in Vogel State Park. I wouldn't try to camp in the park on Friday cuz I heard they don't allow hammocks. But you can camp a short ways up the trail. Although I think you may hafta go left on the trail to get to the nearby sites, can't remember if there are any nearby going to the right.(Which is the direction you wanna go when you do the hike) Halfway through the trail is a nice big group site you can camp at Saturday, there's a water source 1/4-1/3 of a mile past that site. There's also supposed to be water down to the right from the group site but I never went down there to see.
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    Yea, I thought about mentioning the Coosa Backcountry trail, but I've never hiked it myself. How many hikers/backpackers are typically on this trail as compared to the AT?

    And do you typically start and end at Vogel, or at one of the road crossings like near Wolfpen?

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    There are numerous books at REI. Athens is only a hop and a skip to several stores in the Fulton, Gwinnett, and DeKalb locations. The Chattooga River trail system has plenty of entry level options, and it is pretty close to you. Google is your friend.

    Good luck.

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    I plan manny hiking trips for my hiking group and for my Boyscout troop! The AT is a great place to start ! It has many options and plenty of resources ! Let me know if I can help?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catavarie View Post
    that was really cool! I was going to suggest trying local outdoor stores for trail guides as we have them around here. I see somebody beat me to it. OTOH That Google was GREAT!

    One nice thing about trail guides is that one can take it along for the information in it then use it to dream up the next trip while laying in the hammock waiting for sleep. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kk4df View Post
    Yea, I thought about mentioning the Coosa Backcountry trail, but I've never hiked it myself. How many hikers/backpackers are typically on this trail as compared to the AT?

    And do you typically start and end at Vogel, or at one of the road crossings like near Wolfpen?
    I always start/end in Vogel. It's not typically a busy trail like the AT, which is why I like it. This last time I did it I did encounter a good bit of dayhikers in the first couple miles but once I got out there it was pretty empty except at camp where we had to share the site with some scouts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catavarie View Post
    I had already done that. Just couldn't narrow down the choices with any clear results that I knew would or would not fit the bill.

    But I love that site. Gonna have to remember that the next time someone asks me how to do something with their computer.

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