We’ve done a lot of traveling as a group in Peach State Overland, with a majority of it in the southeast and some of it beyond. But I want to take it back to our home state, the peach state—Georgia. We have quite a bit of wild land in the northern region of our state, one of these areas is the Cohutta Wilderness. The Cohutta contains 37,000 acres of land rich with trees, rivers, lakes, and wildlife that play host to a variety of outdoor activities. I first visited the Cohutta on a trip I had planned that traversed the state of Georgia using as little paved roads as possible. We used routes that were laid out by Dave at GeorgiaOverland.com and one of them led us to a beautiful destination in the Cohutta called Lake Conasauga. The trip was amazing and we keep going back to visit. Leaving Ellijay, the closest town, you climb approximately 2000ft along a single lane, 11-mile-long, gravel road before you descend into the Lake Conasauga recreational area. The road is rough and I definitely recommend airing down a bit for comfort. Along the route you’ll pass by an gorgeous overlook that is a must-see as well, especially at sundown/golden hour.
The best time to visit is fall when the leaves are changing color, but summer is nice too and will allow you to enjoy the lake via kayak/canoe or just for swimming. The Conasauga area is a hub for hiking trails and contains a nice leisurely 1-mile loop around Lake Conasauga suitable for just about everyone. There’s room for tent and small trailer camping in the two main campground loops as well as bathroom facilities, but there’s also an overflow area with pit toilets and dispersed camping areas available. Pay attention to winter road closures before heading up as conditions change and may affect your trip.