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.

Click Here to Download a Trail Map of Garland Mountain

Details and pictures from the Mountain Goat Adventures Run at Garland Mountain.

Quarterly Meeting of the Garland Mountain Committee

Click here to find out the latest developments at Garland Mountain.

Mountain Goat Adventures Mentions GM Workdays

The following was sent out by Lisa Randall of Mountain Goat Adventures summarizing their running event at Garland Mountain on March 8, 2014.

CCSC Volunteers at Mountain Goat Adventures Run at GM

A $500 dollar donation was made to the Cherokee County Saddle Club from Mountain Goat Adventures.

Thank You From Mountain Goat Adventures

March 8, 2014 – CCSC Volunteers for Mountain Goat Adventures Run

March 8, 2014 was our regular scheduled workday but this day was a little different.

Jim Gitzinger Honored As CCSC Volunteer of the Year

On January 23, 2014, Jim Gitzinger was honored as the CCSC Volunteer of the Year at the Annual Volunteers In Parks dinner put on by the the Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Authority. For the past four years, the Cherokee County Saddle Club has been honored for our work designing and building the horse and hike trails at Garland Mountain.

February 8, 2014 – Garland Workday

A group of 30 volunteers came out yesterday for the the monthly workday. Members of CCSC, BTSC and CTHA along with others did some amazing work. We started the cutting on the new Buckskin and Grulla Trail system. With the amount of volunteers, the cutting on these two trail systems was almost completed with only [...]

1/2/2014 Update From Steve Ralston

The county is trying, but rain is causing delays.

1/2/2014 Congratulations From The Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency

Congratulations to CCSC volunteers. Garland Mountain Hike and Horse Trails are in the home stretch!