The Gold Branch Trail is a part of the Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area, just a 30 minute drive north of Atlanta, Georgia. The trail explores the beautiful terrain on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, with gorgeous views of Bull Sluice Lake. The name of the trail is indicative of the beautiful gold leaves that adorn the area in the autumn. Wildlife fills the woods, water, and air along these quiet trails, and you may have the opportunity to see heron, geese, ducks, fish, turtles, and deer. Bring along your trail dog for a great adventure in the outdoors, and don't forget your binoculars!
Parking at the trailhead is not free, but is based on an honor system with no parking attendant. The fee is $5 per car unless you have a National Parks Pass. The Golden Branch Trail is one large loop trail, featuring some inner connector trails which allow you to create your own hike of any distance you want. Many choose to follow the outer loop around the whole area and along the lake, which is about 3.5 miles. Every intersection that has a connector trail is marked as GB 1-12, each featuring a map for easy navigation.
The Gold Branch Trail is not necessarily challenging due to the incline, but it features some rolling hills that keep it interesting. The challenge comes from the narrow pathways, with rocks, slippery areas, roots, and fallen trees. These obstacles make the trail a thrill for agility trail runners. Your adventure pup is sure to enjoy scampering over the pathways like a wild dog. A long portion of the trail hugs the river, and offers beautiful waterfront views.
Doggos are more than welcome on this trail, and you're likely to meet some other furry friends on your travels! Please be sure to keep your pup leashed, bring along water and waste bags, and make sure only paw prints and footprints are left behind.
The Gold Branch Trail is the perfect hike for some quality time outdoors with your four-legged friend.