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Located in the Crockford-Pigeon Wildlife Management Area of extreme Northwest Georgia, Pigeon Mountain is approximately mid-way between Atlanta, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee. A part of the Cumberland Plateau, which extends from Alabama through Georgia and into Tennessee, Pigeon Mountain is managed by the U.S. Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. The mountain gains its names from the huge flocks of pigeons that once nested on the mountain. Over-hunted by the early settlers, the pigeons are now extinct.
Pigeon Mountain is the perfect destination for those seeking breathtaking scenery and the challenge of a diverse range of outdoor recreational opportunities including swimming, hiking, fishing, hunting, hang-gliding, geo-caching, rock climbing, orienteering, caving/spelunking, horseback riding, mountain biking or touring on an all-terrain vehicle. Hikers love the challenge of Pigeon Mountain. Trekkers can choose from a wide variety of well-maintained trails ranging from 3 to 11-miles long and rated from easy to difficult. Motor traffic on the mountain is limited to two-lane gravel roads. A vehicle with 4-wheel drive is recommended. The spider web of mountain roads offers numerous routes for those that enjoy an afternoon of open 4-wheeling.
Pigeon Mountain is famous for its unique limestone formations and extensive network of caves. Located on the west side of Pigeon Mountain, Ellison’s Cave, one of the most popular caves on the mountain is frequently visited by spelunking groups. Entering by the Stairstep Entrance, cavers experience a first drop of 65-feet, then a second 83 foot drop followed by a third drop of 440-feet into the Incredible Pit. The 12th deepest cave in the United States, Ellison’s cave is over 12 miles long and extends up to 1063-feet vertically. Ellison’s Cave and the surrounding area are managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The caves are open to the public all year long. The DNR advises, “Due to the technical and dangerous nature of Ellison's Cave, it is generally explored by only the most experienced and capable cavers. Beginning cavers and spelunkers are severely discouraged from entering and negotiating the cave. The vertical sections of the cave require extensive knowledge and practice of single rope technique climbing, including practice on heavy ropes and in wet environments. The horizontal portions of the cave also feature technical and somewhat dangerous free climbing and bouldering environments. Careful preparation, including bringing the proper gear and clothing, is essential.” Caving is a dangerous adventure. Over the years, there have been numerous fatalities within Ellison’s Cave attributed to improper equipment and hyperthermia. For more information or assistance in planning a caving adventure, contact Regional Supervisor, Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, 2592 Floyd Springs Road, Armuchee, Georgia 30105 or call (706) 295-6041.
Don't forget your camera. Black bear, wild boar, whitetail deer, raccoons, beavers, coyote, fox, squirrel and a plethora of other small mammals and reptiles inhabit the mountain. When planning a trip to Pigeon Mountain, be sure and bring your camera. Wildlife viewing and birding opportunities are endless.
For hunters, the deer season in November and December is a exceptional time to enjoy the outdoors and observe the change of the seasons. Wild turkey season extends from March 20th to May 18th. The black bear and wild boar seasons vary. The local ranger station can provide rules, regulations, hunting season dates and licenses. The streams and mountain ponds promise excellent bass and trout fishing. For hang gliders, the Hood Overlook offers an excellent launch location.
Pigeon Mountain, commonly referred to as either Lost Wall or Rocktown, the two most popular rock-climbing locations on the mountain, is a mecca for rock climbers from across the country. At Rocktown, the extensive area of immense boulders exposed atop the ridge draws extreme outdoor adventure enthusiasts. It is at Rocktown where some of the best bouldering can be found. The 150-acre mountaintop exhibits spectacular boulders, some as large as a three-story building. On the eastern side of the mountain, Lost Wall is an lengthy band of impressive rock formations that challenge even the most experienced climber’s abilities.
Whether you are seeking the jaw-dropping adrenaline rush of thrilling outdoor adventure or just looking for some peace and quiet away from the rush of the city, Pigeon Mountain has something for everyone.
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