LOCATION: Woodring Branch Road Chatsworth, GA LENGTH: 3.5 miles TYPE: Loop RANKING: Easy to Moderate ACCESS: Dawn to dusk USAGE: Light FEES: None MAPS: At entrance to campground SURFACE: Packed soil FEATURES: No facilities at trail head. One steep hill back to the parking lot COMMENTS: Beautiful views of Carters Lake PET FRIENDLY: Yes
Woodring Branch Campground Talking Rock Nature Trail
Amadahy is a Cherokee word meaning "forest water" and the trail is located on a short dead end spur road after turning onto the Woodring Branch Road off Hwy 282/76.
This is a great hike for both hikers and beginning to intermediate mountain bikers. Not much here for the hardcore biker. There are great lake views found along most of the trail. The surface is packed soil with some tree roots and rocks. The trail starts and ends from the parking area and is not marked but easy to follow.
We hiked this trail in early May and it was very quiet in the woods. The views of Carter's Lake in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains were beautiful.
Carter's Lake has 62 miles of undeveloped shoreline and offers camping and several trails for those who love the outdoors. Carter's Dam is the tallest earthen dam east of Mississippi River. This is a US Army Corps of Engineers lake named after Farrish Carter who owned property nearby in the 1800's.
Woodring Branch Campground is just down the road with great camping sites facing the lake.
DIRECTIONS FROM ATLANTA: Drive north on I-575. Road changes to GA 515. Turn left onto Hwy 282 in East Ellijay. Follow 282 West past Ridgeway Recreation Entrance. Pass Woodring Drive. Turn Left onto Woodring Branch Road. Travel approximately 3.2 miles. Turn right at Adamahy Trail for parking. (About 70 miles north of Atlanta)