Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area Horseback Riding
The 7th most popular equestrian trail in Georgia.
Saturday 19 November 2016 05:13 GMT
Southwest of La Fayette, the 13,000 acre Crockford Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area has a 20 miles of trails along with miles of logging roads. The main Pigeon Mountain loop traverses a flat-topped mountain with cliffs and caves. The 12 mile loop combines 9 miles of singletrack with forest roads.
To reach the horseback riding trailhead from Lafayette, follow SR193 north 2.8 miles. Head southwest on Chamberlain Road for 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Rocky Lane for 3.6 miles and park off East Brow Road near the Hood Overlook.
For the loop, start hiking on the orange-blazed Atwood Trail. After 4 miles, head north on McCutchens Spring Road for a mile. Proceed south on West Brow Trail and then the Atwood Trail back to the parking area.
Pigeon Mountain is the thumb of the broad, flat-topped Lookout/Pigeon mountain range. Driving on the top of this mountain feels like driving on a high table top where one is wary to approach the edges. Pigeon Mountain and Lookout Mountain drop off sharply in 1,000-foot escarpments offering breathtaking vistas of the valley below, known as McLemore Cove. The underlying limestone rock is laced with caves, accessible only to the most experienced cavers. The deepest cave pits in the eastern U.S. are found here. Rocktown Trail winds 1 mile through massive eroded boulders resembling three-story buildings and one which resembles a 25-foot-tall champagne glass. The Pocket Trail offers a combination of beautiful valley vistas, unusual eroded rock formations, and some of the prettiest and rarest spring wildflowers in the State. Pigeon Mountain was named for the extinct passenger pigeon which roosted on the mountain by the millions in the 1800s. The WMA was named in honor of Jack Crockford, the first professional wildlife biologist employed by the State of Georgia.
Overall, Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area is the 7th most popular horse trail of all 12 horseback rides in Georgia.