I live in Cartersville and and drive the full Cohutta loop several times a year. I start in Chatsworth and make the complete loop, which takes you on USFS roads up into Tennessee near the Ocoee River before you head south again. We typically camp about the halfway point. Approx. 93 miles all the way around and back out from CCC Camp Road. The good news is there are several opportunities to get back out sooner if you don't wan't to drive the whole thing. Best times are early March or November, preferably weekdays when there aren't as many other folks kicking up dust and competing for campsites!