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Rocky Face

Rocky Face

Approximate size: 6,533 acres
Old-growth known: 0 acres

The eastern edge of this Mountain Treasure forms part of the green backdrop to I-75 as it enters Dalton from the south. Switching perspectives, the view from Rocky Face Mountain encompasses not only Dalton, but also extends across the Great Valley to the higher peaks of the Cohutta Mountains. Behind Rocky Face Mountain, shielded from the sights and sounds of the industrialized world, lies an unusual convergence of ridges. Hurricane Mountain ties together Rocky Face Mountain, Mill Creek Mountain, and the aptly named Middle Mountain.

Instead of broad valleys, creeks of startling clarity separate the ridges. The streams owe their clarity to draining completely undeveloped basins. This area contains the largest unfragmented forest remaining in the Armuchee Ridges. Most of that forest is a mature mix of native oaks and pines.

Fifteen miles of the popular Pinhoti Trail provides easy access to this area. Used by mountain bikers, equestrians, and hikers, the trail zig-zags along the spines of all the mountains. Some sections are remarkably level for a trail in the mountains and suitable for beginning hikers. Other rocky sections of the path are famous in the mountain biking community and have earned colorful names such as “The Wall” and “Vomit Hill.”

Earlier travelers on these mountains had more to worry about than rocks. Civil War fortifications still line the crest of Rocky Face Mountain. Sherman’s March to the Sea passed along the western foot of the area.

Help us protect this 16,000-acre oasis of waterfalls, old-growth, rare species, panoramic views, and world-class trails.

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