West Cowpen is one of the main roads that make up the 70-plus mile-long overland loop around the Cohutta Wilderness. Traveling north to south, you will climb almost 2,000' in elevation. As you wind up the gravel road, sections of the eastern hardwoods will break, offering views to the west. Just after the final and steepest climb, there is a worthy viewpoint overlooking what is called "Mill Creek." The road is suitable for almost any vehicle, but a few steep grades may pose difficulty for front-wheel drive vehicles. Keep an eye out for the few pre-disturbed dispersed campsites. Be aware the road is typically closed from January through March.
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