I heard about a remote fishing spot in a WMA about 40 minutes from my house and decided to check it out. You have to be pretty determined to get there because it requires a 2 mile bike ride followed by a 1/2 mile hike.
The WMA stocks the river with trout though, so it’s worth going. Some crusty old fisherman is going to curse my name for putting his secret spot on the internet, but here goes. If you don’t mind a little trek, it’s a beautiful spot. You’ll find directions at the bottom of this post.
My 8 year old son got the fishing gene from both sides of the family. My grandfather owned one of the first charter boats on Hatteras Island in the 1960’s, when Hatteras was just beginning to earn its reputation as a fisherman’s paradise. His son, my dad, fished every chance he got as a kid growing up in Virginia Beach, and ended up becoming a commercial fisherman on Hatteras Island. My brother works on a sport fishing boat and also fishes full time for a living. On my husband’s side, his Grandaddy and Grandma Doris were avid sport fishermen, mostly freshwater, since they lived out west. Since my son is so into fishing, I’m getting into it as well. Gotta support any hobby that gets him outside and active!
We packed snacks and drinks and light fishing poles and enjoyed a beautiful day on the creek with friends. Fishing is one of those activities that brings all ages together. I think that is so important, especially in the social media age when kids are so often glued to their devices and not the greatest at connecting with anyone outside their peer group.
The water was cold but, with the ridiculous heat and humidity, it was very much appreciated!
Our wildlife sightings included crawdads, a snake that I didn’t get a picture of, and the beautiful trout we caught!
The fish weren’t biting quite as steady as we would have liked, but in about 2 hours we reeled in 4 fish. We threw them all back because we didn’t bring a cooler to carry them out in. We were really there to check it out and to enjoy a beautiful day. See below for specific instructions on how to get there!
Raccoon Creek is inside the Sheffield County Wilderness Management Area in Paulding County, Georgia. The Silver Comet runs through the WMA. The Silver Comet is a bike trail that goes from Atlanta westward to the Georgia-Alabama border. To get to Raccoon Creek, you have to get on the Silver Comet Trail so, if you have a bike, I would recommend bringing it. Otherwise, you’re walking because no motorized vehicles are allowed.
You’ll need to get on the Silver Comet at its intersection with McPherson Church Road in Dallas. The easiest thing to do is Google “McPherson Church Rd” and get directions from wherever you are to there. You’ll need to head west past the church onto a gravel road and then you’ll see the Silver Comet. There is a small parking area to leave your vehicle and get on your bike.
Once on the trail, you’ll go almost exactly two miles. You’ll pass a marker for Mile 29, and shortly thereafter you’ll see a little clearing off to the right. Head for the clearing, park your bike, and you’ll see the trail down to the creek. Go right on the trail and then take another right onto a gravel road. This is the road where the trucks drive in to stock the creek, but you can’t access it because it’s blocked by a locked gate. The gravel road will lead you right to Raccoon Creek.