Muscogee Hiking Trail

Overview of the Muscogee Trail

Discover Muscogee Trail, one of the most secluded pathways at Stone Mountain, affectionately known as “The Trail Between the Lakes.” Before Europeans came to this area of Georgia, Stone Mountain was a gathering place and landmark for the Muscogee Creek Indians. In recognition of the indigenous people who once inhabited the lands surrounding Stone Mountain, this trail has been named in honor of the Muscogee Creek Indians.

The Muscogee Trail offers a unique experience as it takes you on a loop through a picturesque landscape of hardwoods. The trail offers a diverse terrain that caters to different preferences. Approximately half of the trail features a smooth and wide path, perfect for leisurely strolls and easy walking with your family and friends. This section allows for relaxed conversations, observation of wildlife, and enjoying the company of your loved ones amidst the serene surroundings.

The other half of the trail provides a more technical challenge as it winds along the water’s edge. This portion of the trail offers a closer connection with nature, with occasional changes in grade, roots crossing the path, and the presence of native granite. While still suitable for beginners, this section adds an element of excitement and adventure, making the hike engaging for both children and adults.

Throughout your journey on the Muscogee Trail, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in various activities. Birdwatching enthusiasts will be thrilled by the diverse avian species that call this area home. Keep your eyes peeled for colorful feathers, and listen to the melodic songs echoing through the trees. During the fall season, the trail comes alive with vibrant hues as the foliage transforms into a kaleidoscope of reds, oranges, and yellows. It’s a perfect time to capture memorable photos and appreciate the beauty of nature’s artwork.

Trail Information

Link to PDF trail map

Distance: 1.5 miles

Duration: 20 – 30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Starting from the parking area, you’ll embark on a slow and gradual climb along a wide and smooth path, heading towards the northeast. Along the way, you’ll encounter some gentle grade changes as you cross a few ditches. Eventually, you’ll arrive at a short spur trail that leads you to the edge of the serene lake.


The return journey follows the lake’s edge, offering a more technical experience. This section of the trail features frequent grade changes, roots crossing the path, and an abundance of native granite. Muscogee Trail presents a beautiful hiking opportunity that is suitable for beginners and perfect for a relaxing afternoon stroll amidst the native stone and hardwoods. Enjoy the tranquility and natural beauty this trail has to offer!

Parking and Trailhead Access

This beginner-friendly and family-friendly trail is designed to accommodate a range of skill levels while offering an enjoyable experience for all. You can access the trailhead conveniently on Jefferson Davis Drive, just south of the main gate. Parking is available on the right side of the road at the trailhead: Directions to Muscogee Trail Parking

  • Emergency call boxes are located along the trail and in the parking lot.
  • Pets are not allowed on the Walk-Up Trail.
  • This trail is not recommended for people with limiting physical conditions and is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Appropriate footwear should be worn.
  • The mountain is very slippery when wet.

Trail Rules and Regulations

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, please observe the following rules and regulations:

  • Stay on designated trails and do not create new paths
  • Keep pets on a leash at all times
  • Dispose of trash properly and leave no trace
  • Respect other hikers and yield to uphill traffic

How to Prepare for Your Hike

Necessary Gear

When you embark on this family-friendly trail through the forest and along the shores of a lake, it’s important to have some essential gear with you. Dress in layers for weather-appropriate clothing and hiking boots or comfortable shoes with good traction. Plan to stay hydrated by carrying an adequate amount of water and pack some nutritious snacks for your hike. Other helpful gear to bring on a hike include sunscreen and insect repellent.

Safety Tips

While enjoying your family-friendly hike on the Muscogee Trail, it’s essential to prioritize safety. Stick to the marked trail to avoid getting lost or wandering into unsafe areas. Be mindful of your footing, especially if the trail has obstacles like rocks or roots. Take your time and watch out for slippery sections, especially when near the lake. If hiking with children, ensure they are always accompanied by adults. Remind them of basic trail etiquette, such as staying close, not wandering off, and respecting wildlife. While observing wildlife can be exciting, maintain a safe distance and do not feed or approach them. Respect their natural habitats and avoid any sudden movements that may startle them.

Weather Considerations

Before heading out, it’s crucial to consider the weather conditions. Look up the weather forecast for the day of your hike. Avoid hiking during severe weather conditions like thunderstorms or heavy rainfall. Bring a rain jacket or poncho if there’s a chance of rain. Hot and humid weather can lead to dehydration. Ensure you have an adequate water supply for everyone in your group, especially on warm days.

Muscogee Trail FAQs

Are pets allowed on the Muscogee Trail?

Yes, dogs are allowed on the Muscogee Trail, though they must be on a leash.

Are there restroom facilities along the Muscogee Trail?

The nearest restroom facilities to the Muscogee Trail are located near the Historic Square parking lot adjacent to The Inn at Stone Mountain Park.

Are there picnic spots along the Muscogee Trail?

Yes, there are many places to stop and enjoy a picnic while hiking the Muscogee Trail, particularly along the shores of Stone Mountain Lake.

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