Red Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 365' 111 m
Descent: -363' -111 m
High: 1,146' 349 m
Low: 954' 291 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“One of three loops through the Pickett's Mill Park.”— Jeff Grogan
To take the Red Loop, you'll bear to the right from the visitors center and follow the red blazes. The Red Trail (shared by the Blue Trail in the beginning but it splits off after less than a tenth of a mile) is wide at the outset and starts with a slight descent toward the creek. In the winter, the trail is covered with leaves and pine cones; be aware that there may be hidden roots along the way. The path has several markers along the way that call your attention to the earthworks where soldiers prepared their defense of the area. The booklets provided by the rangers offer good details on these areas. You'll notice a large, open field on the left. There is some information on the field's use prior to the Civil War.
Upon arriving at the creek, you'll cross on a wood bridge. You'll notice a lack of undergrowth allowing for good sight lines in the woods. The path narrows as you climb out of the creek area, and you'll have some nice views down on the creek as you climb. The incline is not too steep nor is the hill too long, but there are no switchbacks on the trail, so your climbs are straight up the hill. As you follow the trail along the creek, you'll come to the site of the mill; information is provided at the site describing it's history. There are several benches along the path to sit and enjoy the solitude. The shoals provide a relaxing sound as you wander along the creek. You'll circle the lower edge of the field and then turn uphill and away from the creek.
You'll begin to notice that the red blazes are now joined by the blue blazes as the trails come together. You'll soon come to the ravine where there are markers that provide detailed information about troop position and actions during the battle. From the ravine you can see the back side of the visitor center. Continue following the red blazes though blue and white blazes will also be present most of the way back. The route is slightly uphill for the short run back to the visitor center.
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Land Manager: Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division - Pine Log WMA