- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Hike the Disney Trail
This steep trail is the most challenging trail in northwest Georgia, and the most challenging short trail in the state. It ascends Rocky Face, a mountain west of Dalton, Georgia and site of fighting from May 8 - 10, 1864 (Battle of Dalton). The trail gets its name from the grave of George Disney at the end of the hike.
Part of the proposed Rocky Face Trail System, the Disney Trail will permit access to the north end of the mountain which the Army of Tennessee defended during the American Civil War. On May 8, 1864, men under the command of William Tecumseh Sherman were advancing on the lines of the Confederate Army, entrenched along the ridge. The Disney Trail turns right and climbs some very old stone steps at 4 miles. From this point on the trail makes a steep ascent to the top of Rocky Face Ridge and Disney's grave. About half-way up the trail becomes steeper and switches back several times. The grave is located at the top of the mountain at the present end of the Disney Trail.