Coosa Bald (via Wildcat Gap)

Location: North Georgia
Trip Starts: Duncan Ridge Road
Trip Ends: Duncan Ridge Road
Total Distance: 1.6 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Difficult
Trails Used: Coosa Backcountry/Duncan Ridge Trails
Trail Traffic: None to Light
Trip Type: Overnight Hike
More Information:

Vogel State Park
7485 Vogel State Park Road
Blairsville, GA 30512
(706) 745-2628


Coosa Bald (4,271 feet) is one of the ten highest peaks in Georgia and it is accessible via the Coosa Backcountry and Duncan Ridge Trails which start near Vogel State Park. The summit hardly qualifies as a bald these days and Mother Nature has mostly taken back this once open area. So if you want some views – go before the leaves bud on the trees, and you’ll likely have the place to yourself.

On this hike, we took Duncan Ridge Road to Wildcat Gap (3,780 feet) and hiked nearly 500 feet to Coosa Bald. There is no water at the summit and campsites are limited – especially in the summer months. Yet this is one of the high points of the Duncan Ridge Trail and it is worth a look especially in the Spring/Fall. To reach the trailhead, a high clearnece AWD or 4WD vehicle is recommended – although during dry weather you may get lucky.

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