Pine Log Creek Trail System
Bartow County, Georgia
Difficulty
hike difficulty
8.7
Length
hike difficulty
4.6
Duration 3 hours
Elevation Gain 1020 ft.
State Georgia
Park/Forest Bartow County
Parking Fee None
Blaze Blue
Nearby City Rydal, GA
Trailhead Coord. 34.348414, -84.664818

A hidden treasure, the Pine Log Creek Trail System provides 4.5 miles of beautiful trails, a few good views, quiet streams, and the picturesque CCC Quarry Pond. There may not be any spectacular vistas or roaring waterfalls, these quiet trails never get boring, providing enough interest to make your only wish that they were longer.



The parking lot is on the small side, showing that this isn’t the most popular destination in the area, however, even on weekdays there will be a few people there. Pass the two information signs to head out from the parking lot to the West Loop. This connector trail is flat and easy, passing over a raised log bridge crossing a quiet stream.



Shortly you will come to a sign for the West Loop pointing straight and back the way you came. This is a pretty easy layout, however, one major junction and a faded, hard to read map can trip you up from the start (see terrain map below). Looking to the right, you will see a footbridge and then a path going both to the right and left. The path to the right after the footbridge is not an official trail, even though there are a few blazes along the way. Instead, taking a left here will take you along the south side of the West Loop. For this description, however; we will take the north side of the West Loop first, so continue straight at the first sign, completely skipping the confusing junction after the footbridge below. In general, if it doesn’t look like a maintained trail, it probably isn’t.



Head up the West Loop trail. This is the steepest part of the hike, gaining over 400 feet in .7 miles. There are a few descent views along the way up. The trail then descends as quickly as it climbed, eventually following along a small creek before coming to the junction with the East Loop. Take the short connector trail to the East Loop then continue around this loop in the same clockwise direction. This loop is considerably easier than the previous section of trail. At the opposite end you will come to the short CCC Quarry trail, providing access to the Quarry pond.



The Quarry Pond is the high point of this trail system. With steep hills rising around it and large rock formations protruding from beneath it, this beautiful small pond is worth the effort. A great place to take a dip in the summer, you will most likely not be alone here. For those that and confident and careful, follow the trail around the edge of the pond and rock hop up on the largest of the rocks rising from the water’s surface. Once you’re ready to head back, continue hiking around the East Loop until you reach the connector trail with the West Loop. Then complete the loop for the West Loop trail, arriving at the original intersection. Retrace your steps back to the parking lot to end out the hike.

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TERRAIN MAP
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GETTING THERE
Trailhead Coordinates
34.348414, -84.664818 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°20.9, W 84°39.89 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°20'54'', W 84°39'53'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)

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ADDITIONAL INFO

Ranger District Information
Bartow County Parks and Recreation Department
Hamilton Crossing Park
31 Beavers Drive, Cartersville, GA 30120
770-387-5149



Cautions & Warnings
Climbing on rocks and boulders present a certain level of skill and common sense. Watch children closely.
Rocks under the water are not always visible if jumping in the water.