Winding Stair Mountain Trail

Total Miles


1004.89 ft


3 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

This route through the Chattahoochee National Forest takes you deep into the rolling Appalachian Mountains up the Winding Stair Mountain Trail. The iconic Winding Stair portion of the trail takes you up the mountainside overlooking scenic forested hollers adjacent to the the trail. The trail offers numerous camping, hiking and recreational opportunities in the area. The route winds through and shows off the north Georgia backcountry. The north end of the trail winds through private land along a county road so make sure to stay the trail. any overland vehicles can drive this route without difficulty. Along the way you can stop at a US fish and wildlife fish hatchery with informative displays, as well as creekside stops with pit toilets. This area is very popular for outdoor recreation and is busy on weekends due to its relatively close proximity to metropolitan Atlanta. This is a perfect day trip experience. Be prepared and careful during hunting season since the trail is adjacent to a wildlife management area. Fuel up near the Southern trailhead because fuel stops are few and far between coming out the north end. Cell phone reception is very limited, even on the main highways to the north.


Basic overland route without major obstacles on national forest maintained roads.

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