A nice 5 mile double-loop walk through the woods north of Lake Allatoona in the northeast Georgia mountains. The trail begins East of Rydal in Bartow County. The information sign at the trail head says the area is filled with history: The trail head was apparently once the location of a massive Cherokee town that was home to numerous Cherokee chieftains and was visited by Spanish explorer De Soto in 1570.
The payoff is a beautiful, crystal-clear quarry lake. It’s an oddly small quarry (and not very deep) but it is built into the side of a mountain and offers great views and rock climbing.