Hiked this with my 9 year old son. The boardwalk is nice, but only runs 1/10 of a mile or so. After that, there is a decent trail, but when it's wet, expect quite a few slips and falls. The waterfall at the end of the trail is cool, but with little kids, you're going to have to work to get there.
My family and I have hiked this several times. I have to agree with some of the other reviews, the best part is the beginning of the trail, heading up to the designated campsite. Large field for a picnic and the kids to run around in, but the rest of the trail is just so-so. Several unsafe spots for young ones. Great view over the falls, if you don't mind getting up right to the edge.
I tried accessing the trail and found the road to be way too difficult and steep and absolutely treacherous for my VW Jetta even though I'm a crazy driver. pretty much only accessible via truck or jeep. Nice scenery though on the way is why i gave it 3 stars.
The boardwalk is a nice feature, but the hike gets SO much better once it ends.... keep going and you'll find a beautiful waterfall.
Honestly, this isn't a place I'd necessarily want to hike alone. It's really remote. And driving to the trail was an adventure that involved going down what appeared to be a one-lane driveway, across a rocky creek bed (in a car!) and finally into a seedy-looking dirt lot. Does anyone else hear banjo music? *nervous giggle* To say that this place was hard to find, is an understatement. My brother had heard of this place from a friend, so we both spent about an hour each on the internet, trying to find driving directions and anything related to the trail. It's VERY hard to come by.
Also, be forewarned that now you are supposed to purchase a Georgia hiking pass or something to that effect. It's not a big deal and can be purchased online for approximately $3... or at certain retailers, much like a fishing license. During hunting seasons, make sure you check online before heading to Pigeon Mountain; I'm told the entire mountain is closed off during certain days to allow hunters free run of the place.
The positive: It was a pretty easy hike, not a lot of chances to get lost either. And the waterfall at the end was breathtaking, and completely unexpected. Definitely worth a trip, at least once, even if I gave this trail a low score. ;)
Worst trail in N GA. Don't waste your time riding this trail. The trail is not maintained at all...down trees and rutted-out sections make this a total hike-a-bike. The trail guide must have been out of date because we spent more time off our bikes then on them. Go somewhere else unless you're a masochist!
This trail is downright unsafe. The 1st part, which takes you to the "designated campsite" is nice. You'll pass some impressive rock formations on the left while approaching a double waterfall. The creek that feeds the falls borders the campsite & has some interesting remains of a stone paved path that collapsed. Even without recent rains, you're going to get a little wet crossing it.
I couldn't find a lot of detailed info on the trail. When you approach the campsite, you'll see a sign to start loop either south or other. I took south/counterclockwise. It was almost all uphill. Lots of squishy muddy slippery leaves. The blazes are inconsistent and sometimes faded to the point of non-existence.
The distance on the trail per "official trail" printed materials & signage during the trail don't add up. The view on top of Pigeon mountain was nice but the nicest part was leading up to the campsite.
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