Sumac Creek Trail (West Cowpen to Lacky Knob)
ElevationAscent: 414' 126 m
Descent: -443' -135 m
High: 1,683' 513 m
Low: 1,383' 422 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
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“This trail is officially part of the USFS trail inventory, but the forest is quickly reclaiming it for lack of riders.”— Lost Justpastnowhere
The trail connects a number of older roadbeds with singletrack forming what should be a trailbed with nice flow along the ridge to the south of Sumac Creek. There is a nice creek crossing about 2.0 miles into the ride. At the 3.0 mile mark, the trail intersects with Lacky Knob Road (FS Road #630C).
Nominally, the Sumac Creek Trail continues to the west, but I found this section completely overgrown and covered in fallen trees—essentially impassable—in summer 2018. There should also be also be a bailout trail, Sumac Creek Spur #217A, just after this intersection but it is barely discernible and even less passable than the continuation of Sumac Creek Trail.
Sumac Creek Trail should continue an additional 4 miles or so, crossing Sumac Creek a second time and then ending at Pleasant Gap Road (FS Road #17A) to take you back to the trailhead.
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Photos, Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Land Manager: USFS - Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest