This is a 6.6-mile-long stream that is located mostly within Rabun County It is one of the main tributaries
of the Tallulah River. The river travels through the Chattahoochee National Forest and the Southern Nantahala Wilderness areas. The Coleman River is a designated trout stream, and a portion of it is further designated by the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural
Resources as being artificial fishing lures only.
If we rated trails based on the bridges built to permit access this one would get a 0. The rickety overpasses on this trail were uniformly poor, from loosely attached hand-railings to non-existant flooring. Our recommendation would be to avoid any man-made crossing where possible, and at least be extremely careful. Young children may require special attention while using these structures.
The path begins in the small Coleman River parking area, just before the first bridge on the Tallulah River Road. Both the parking and trail are marked, and the trail is easily travelled. The uphill grade is constant but is never more than easy-to-moderate in difficulty.
There are no major falls along the trail, although the river is a series of casades broken by invitingly clear pools of cold mountain water. Large boulders have settled at strategic locations throughout the river. At about .4 miles a group of trees has recently fallen, exposing rock under a layer of earth less than six inches deep. This is typical of the forests in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia, a few inches of soil over rock.