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There are many trails of many varying distances and difficulty levels throughout Kennesaw Mtn trail network. I go regularly and have not tired of it three years on. I enjoy taking friends and family who visit the area, as it is often their favorite activity that we do in the NW burbs. Definitely some challenging stretches. TAKE WATER.

it was beautiful and challenging buy not terrible. It's not a loop though it's out and back.

hiking
3 days ago

This is a mountain biking trail.

Mostly foggy and Rain. Passing front, dropping temperatures to Mid 50's.

We hiked this trail earlier today. there were quite a few groups of people but not crowded. I took my six year old and only saw one other group with children. mine was fine, he tripped a couple of times on the rocks. This is a hard trail, but very rewarding! You are climbing over rocks and boulders for a bit of the trail. I recommend going when there are clear skies, there was quite a bit of fog and at the top there were no good views because of that. There was a valley close to the top that we enjoyed quite a bit though!

The trail isn't marked well (we got lost a couple of times) but other than that, it was a great vigorous hike!

backpacking
12 days ago

There was dense fog that spoiled the views on the day I hiked, but the streams on the west side of the trail made the trip worth it.

hiking
13 days ago

Excellent hike and stunning views from the top of Blood Mountain. It was pretty crowded on a late morning weekday during Spring Break. But since we continued the loop to continue to the Freeman Trail, it was less crowded coming down the mountain than if we had backtracked back down like every other group was doing. Ran into a few AT through hikers. The last 2 miles is the Freeman Trail and we only saw one other person on it. We did this with kids (11 and 4) so it took almost double the time as what most people take for the loop because of many extended breaks to rest the little one's legs. But we planned for it to be an all day thing so it was a great adventure for them. I wouldn't recommend the full 6 mile loop for most people with small children unless you know your child can handle it. The last 2 miles on the Freeman Trail can be daunting for them since it is a lot of boulders and rocks after being tired out by the summit climb.

I did this trail last summer and it was super hot which made it harder but overall it was an amazing trail. The reward at the top was well worth it.

This is a beautiful and beastly trail! The ranger told us the first three miles were the hardest, but the last two miles are a close second! This trail was on the more difficult side of "moderate." It was challenging, but very enjoyable. The scenery was continuously changing. We crossed many small creeks and streams before finally reaching a breathtaking waterfall around mile 5.5. We found bench around mile 3 after we crossed the road entrance to the park. We sat on the bench and enjoyed a gorgeous view while we had a picnic lunch. We hiked on a Wednesday and met very few people on the trail. We were very proud of ourselves for completing all 8 miles. Of course there is no getting off the trail once you start! We felt like there should have been a t-shirt waiting at the end for us that said, "I did the Gahuti!" Fort Mountain is a beautiful park and we will be back to do the Fort Trail. The Gahuti also has back country campsites along the trail. It would be nice to rest half way and finish the trail the next morning.

We hiked this trail in September. Good workout, beautiful views and accessible from many points.

Long hike to clear the mind. Sweetwater Creek is a beautiful element of this hike.

The fact that it was rated HARD intimidated me. Don't let it do the same to you. Go at your own pace and make your way to the top to enjoy the beautiful view!

Beautiful and difficult

hiking
18 days ago

Very nice and diferente scene true the trail love it

My husband and I had been wanting to conquer this hike for months now, just waiting for the warmer weather to arrive. We started at Track Rock Gap, first two miles are brutal, after that you can catch glimpses of the tower at Brasstown., which seemed to be much farther than 3 miles away from that point. We still pushed forward. At times, we doubted if we could make it, but we did!! It took us 3.5 hours to arrive at visitors center where we rested for an hour. The return trip took 2.5 hours, much easier going back. I recommend starting at Trackrock Gap and getting the hardest part done first, and start early as you can. The views are great once you get to the ridge line. The trail has no blazes, but very easy to follow. There are a few rocky areas that made it somewhat treacherous, take your time. All in all, it was a great hike and I am glad we can say we conquered this one!

on Mount Yonah Trail

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike. Dog friendly and absolutely beautiful. The trail isn’t very crowded and offers varying vegetation. The climb up from Track Rock Gap and back down is brutal, but the rest is fairly moderate. We took a break for lunch at the top of Brasstown Bald and the trek took us about 5.5 hours round trip. We are not very experienced hikers and were able to navigate it just fine.

on Arkaquah Trail

hiking
19 days ago

This is an amazing yet very challenging trail. I can’t believe it’s 11 miles. We tracked it at 16.5 and it took us about 9 hours to complete. The view was well worth it. It’s beautiful at the top of Brasstown Bald.

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike but the trail isn’t clearly marked in some parts!

on Smith Creek Trail

19 days ago

Fun hike. It has a little of everything. We started at Unicoi and did the out and back. Garmin registered 10.3 miles. Only one area with tree down and that was about 1.25 miles from Unicoi trail head. Several stream crossings. We went after a rain the night before so have hiking boots. The only trail blazes we saw were at the beginning at both ends. However, the trail is well defined. One split had some large branches across the direction NOT to go. Another confusing area was at a stream crossing about 4 miles from the Unicoi trail head. Go left. We enjoyed this hike and will do it again.

Great trail with amazing views. Hard at some areas but moderate. Definite repeat.

on West Rim Loop Trail

25 days ago

I hiked all the trails on Saturday in Cloudland with the exception of Bear Creek Backcountry Trail because it was closed. If you are looking to have a good 15 mile day this would be a good park to hike. All the trails are well maintained and easy trekking. The most strenuous place in these trails are the stairs that exist to access/exit Sitton’s Gulch Trail - about 600 or so. This was my first time at this park, and I was blown away at the beauty of the canyon and the falls. Aside from the stairs these trails are not hard, but offer a good day of beauty and exercise. I would suggest the following “loop”: Park at the Trenton trailhead for Sitton’s Gulch Trail and begin hiking. This trail is 2 miles one way; make your way up the stairs (congratulations you just made it through the most strenuous part of the whole day). Keep going up to Overlook Trail which is up and beyond the Waterfall trails which I would save for last just because who eats dessert prior to the meal? Hike the Overlook Trail all the way back and up to the Two Mile Backcountry Loop. When you get to the actual loop which is about 2 miles of After you reach the start of Overlook Trail, then, I suggest taking the left road and loop back around to save best for last; after loop make your way back through Overlook Trail and down to hike West Rim Loop - take the left road for woods and the loop will bring you back around for canyon views and much needed breeze to cool you down. Head back down and see Cherokee and Hemlock Falls and make your way back out to the trailhead at Sitton’s Gulch. Wonderful day!

hiking
25 days ago

This is a mountain biking trail. Don’t really recommend for hiking as you’ll be having to keep lookout for bikers coming fast. I had two dogs so I will not do this again. The part of the trail along the creek was nice but the remaining mileage is a wasteland of new growth pine tree woods which isn’t very appealing. Easy hike though. Not hard at all.

Foggy and misty.

hiking
27 days ago

Good trail to hike with inclines that are challenging though not too long. Many rocks make foot placement awareness a must! Hike on!!!

hiking
27 days ago

Primarily a mountain bike trail but can use for distance training. Windy single track path. Pretty good for dogs but you definitely need to be on the lookout for bikers. We had most of the 7.3 miles to ourselves.
Stumbled onto the town of Wrocklage. There’s a restaurant called caboose. Fantastic.

You can access this trail from main overlook/parking area, top parking area, and 2 of the campsites. Beautiful rock formations to climb on, and views of course!

hiking
1 month ago

This definitely was a tough one for a day hike. Legs completely sore the day after, but extremely worth it. Most of the trail going up you’re surrounded by dense forests and will be going through many switchbacks. Once you get closer to the parking area at the top, the trail gets milder and easier. The parking area is a great location to refuel and buy snacks if needed. Then the last half mile is on a paved path to the top. The observation tower at the top was quite unique and views were amazing as you can see for miles in all directions. You are clearly able to tell you are at the tallest point in Georgia here. The path is very easy follow and relatively straightforward. Took a little less than 7 hours to complete. Definitely recommend, but be aware of a difficult and exhausting hike.

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