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Pine Mt. and Cooper's Furnace Tour

Intermediate/Difficult
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Run the West Loop and East Loop to Archer Overlook and continue on to the Allatoona Dam and Cooper's Furnace.


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9.2

Miles

14.8

KM

87%

Runnable

1,534' 468 m

High

706' 215 m

Low

1,559' 475 m

Up

1,559' 475 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views

Mountain bikes were allowed on Pine Mt East Loop on Wednesdays only. I am not sure if that still applies. If you are a mountain biker, don't bother! Head over to Blanket's Creek or Olde Rope Mill.

Overview

Cooper's Furnace is part of an old iron works facility owned by Mark Antony Cooper in the 1800's. The southern portion of this run takes you along the Etowah River and to Cooper's Furnace. The southeast corner of the run is accessible by a fire road. The fire road terminates at the visitor center and observation area for the Allatoona Dam. If the run is too much, visitors can arrive at the visitor center by car where there is ample parking.

Runner Notes

Pine Mt. East Loop is ideal for trail runners. The East Loop sees less traffic than other trails in this area and is nicely groomed with minimal obstructions.

Description

See Pine Mountain Trail - West Loop and East Loop for an in depth description of Pine Mt.

A short (0.1 mi) connector trail joins the southeast portion of the Pine Mt. East Loop with the Cooper Furnace Trail. There is a small parking lot located here. Beyond the parking lot, the trail extends for about 3/4 mi until it reaches a T. To the east is another small parking area and kiosk.

To the west, the trail splits. One path takes you up a small mountain heading towards the visitor center. This trail is more difficult than the surrounding trails (intermediate/difficult). It does include a nice observation deck that is perched over a small gorge. There is also a well constructed wood bridge. This portion of the trail terminates at a kiosk and joins the fire road that runs between Cooper's Furnace and the visitor center. The join is closer to the visitor center, which is located up the hill.

The other trail continues along the top of a small ravine along a wooden fence. It eventually crosses a small stream and begins to look more like a doubletrack path. It eventually meets up with the fire road mentioned above that connects Cooper's Furnace to the visitor center. The join is closer to Cooper's Furnace, which is located downhill along the stream.

At one end of the fire road is Cooper's Furnace and the Cooper's Furnace Day Use Area. The furnace is large and features signs discussing its history. The trail does continue past the furnace in a loop that runs along the entrance road and the Etowah River. This loop trail is blazed and appears to be used less frequently.

Flora & Fauna

Typical Georgia pine, hickory, poplar, and other hardwoods..

History & Background

Mark Antony Cooper was a strong supporter of railroads in Georgia during the mid 1800's. He was involved with the Western And Atlantic Railroad (WARR) during this time. Cooper ran for governor of Georgia in 1843 and lost. His familiarity with the railroad gave him knowledge of the Stroup Iron Works located on Stamp Creek. Cooper purchased the iron works and subsequently in 1847 moved it to the Etowah River. A year later he added a railroad connector between the iron works and the Etowah train station. He also began building the city of Etowah, GA. The iron works eventually became obsolete due to more modern metal production methods. The remains of the iron works are now known as Cooper's Furnace. Most of Etowah City was covered by Lake Allatoona in the 1950's when the Allatoona Dam was constructed to bring power to the area.

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Beautiful trail!
Jul 17, 2019 near Emerson, GA
So lush!
Apr 19, 2018 near Emerson, GA
Lush trail along a creek bed
Apr 19, 2018 near Emerson, GA
Lots of really cool boulders and moss.
Apr 19, 2018 near Emerson, GA
Hard to tell in this photo but the stream is coming out of nowhere!
Apr 19, 2018 near Emerson, GA
When it's all socked in it reminds me of other bald summits on the AT
Apr 19, 2018 near Emerson, GA

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