Details and pictures from the Mountain Goat Adventures Run at Garland Mountain.
Garland Mountain Trail Development
The Garland Mountain Trail Project, 13 miles of public horse and hiker trails, is the first of its kind in Cherokee County. The Garland Mountain Green Space was purchased in late 2005 by Cherokee County through Green Space SPLOST Funds (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax–a one-cent sales tax which funds a diverse list community projects.)
To fund development of the trail system, Cherokee County allocated $50,000 from its general fund budget for the project and contributed some ‘in kind’ donations as well. The county also received a $75,000 grant from the Georgia DNR (Department of Natural Resources) Recreational Trails Program for the construction of the ADA compliant trail head, parking area, restrooms, signage and the purchase of trail building equipment. Currently money spent on the Garland Mountain Horse and Hike Trails comes out of the County’s operational budget through the Parks Division.
Since 2007 the Cherokee County Saddle Club has been lucky enough to be working under contract with Cherokee County to provide and coordinate volunteers to design, flag, construct, and maintain the trails at Garland Mountain.
400 acres adjacent to the Garland Mountain Horse and Hike Trails Park was donated to Cherokee County in 2013. The county anticipates that this will be a Garland Mountain Park expansion in the future.
Cherokee County Green Space property can only be used for passive recreation such as trails for hiking, horse back riding, biking, and picnicing. No motorized vehicles, or ball fields are allowed.Garland Mountain Horse and Hike Trails are special use trails for hiking and horseback riding only. Green Space property is investment in our preservation of nature because it can never be developed for commercial or residential use.