What we're about

If your interested in wilderness hiking, adventure, and giving back through volunteering, we are the group for you. Since 1990, Cohutta Wilderness Trail Volunteers have answered the call as the sole maintainers of the nearly 100 miles of trails within the Cohutta Wilderness, the largest Forest Service wilderness in the southeast. In partnership with the Chattahoochee National Forest, we plan a monthly trail maintenance event somewhere in the Cohutta's. No experience is necessary. Besides the satisfaction that comes from giving back, you will learn little-known secrets of the Cohutta Wilderness from Forest Service rangers and seasoned volunteers. Join us for just one volunteer event and we think you'll get hooked on the adventure, camaraderie, and fun.

First-time volunteers: please fill out a waiver form (http://bit.ly/vol-waiver) and bring it with you; alternately, we will have paper copies with us at the trailhead.

Cohutta Wilderness Trail Volunteers meetup group is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit corporation, incorporated as Conasauga District Trail Volunteers. We can and do accept tax-deductible donations for expenses such as safety equipment and trail tools. We are set up for donations arranged through AmazonSmile.

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Upcoming events (1)

National Public Lands Day - Conasauga River trail maintenance

Conasauga River Trailhead

In August, CDTV worked the lower CRT from the Hickory Creek Trail junction and made some progress on the upper part of that trail section. However, we had no idea what we were going to encounter on the long stretches of trail near the last 5 or 6 crossings – it’s a real mess down there!! There are multiple trees on the trail that makes things confusing and slow for traveling. If we don’t hit this one hard, this year, there are parts of the trail that could be lost. Please meet CDTV at the lower (northwest) Conasauga River Trail trailhead at 9:00 am on National Public Lands Day. Plan on 4 to 6 miles of moderate hiking with no more than 6 river crossings. If you have a hand saw, please bring that with you. Email Robert at [masked] if you have any questions or want to meet outside of the wilderness and carpool/caravan. LET’S CONTINUE “FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP” AFTER THE WORKDAYS- PLEASE PLAN TO BRING SOME FOOD OR SOFTDRINKS/WATER TO SHARE WITH THE GROUP. LET’S USE THE DISCUSSION BOARD ON MEETUP TO COMMUNICATE WHO IS BRINGING WHAT.

What to Bring:

Most importantly is a good attitude and a willingness to learn! Bring work gloves, a safety whistle (at least one for you/your group), a hard hat (if you have one), enough food and water for the day, and a backpack to carry your supplies/food. Sturdy boots and appropriate clothing layers are required for the task at hand (long pants are required; we also recommend long-sleeve shirts for this worday, as well). SHOES FOR WET-FOOTED RIVER CROSSINGS ARE RECOMMENDED. Tools and safety gear such as hard hats and protective eyewear will be provided. If you plan to stay for the food and fellowship after the work is complete, please bring a dish to share and place settings for yourself and your party members.

First-time volunteers: please fill out a waiver form (http://bit.ly/vol-waiver) and bring it with you; alternately, we will have paper copies with us at the trailhead.

If you plan to join us, please RSVP on Meetup or with Robert Edmondson – [masked] so that we can plan accordingly!

CDTV events are a family- friendly, alcohol, and drug-free setting.

Who Can Tell Me More?

If you would like more information about these events or are not currently on our mailing list please contact Robert Edmondson at the email above, sign up on Meetup https://www.meetup.com/Cohutta-Wilderness-Trail-Volunteers , visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/teamconasauga, or look us up on the Chattahoochee National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/conf.

Directions:
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From Atlanta:

Take I-75 N to Exit #293 (Hwy 411, Chatsworth/White).

Go north on Hwy 411 through Chatsworth.

From Chatsworth (intersection of Hwy 76 & Hwy 411), travel north on Hwy 411 for 11.8 miles to Cisco.

Turn right onto Old Hwy 2, at the Cisco Baptist Church.

Drive about 3.1 miles and turn right onto FS 17, West Cowpen Rd, across from the DNR game checking station.

Drive about 3.7 miles and at a sharp turn in the road, take a left onto FS 17-B, Murray’s Lake Rd.

The small trailhead will be about a quarter of a mile after this turn on your left.
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From Chattanooga:

Take I-75 S to Exit 341 (GA 201, Tunnel Hill/Varnell).

Turn left onto GA 201 N and go 4.7 miles to the intersection with GA 2 (just past the Dollar General).

Go 12.2 miles until the intersection with GA 225 (at a stop sign).

Turn left onto GA 2 / GA 225 N.

In one mile, turn right onto GA 2. Go 2.3 miles to the intersection with US 411, at Cisco Baptist Church. Continue onto Old Hwy 2 past the church.

Drive about 3.1 miles and turn right onto FS 17, West Cowpen Rd, across from the DNR game checking station.

Drive about 3.7 miles and at a sharp turn in the road, take a left onto FS 17-B, Murray’s Lake Rd.

The small trailhead will be about a quarter of a mile after this turn on your left.
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Past events (67)

Lower Conasauga cross-cut workday

Hickory Creek trailhead

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