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Tried to follow the Park map which was not detailed and confusing, so we got lost a couple times. Really pretty hike with a lot of views!

Fantastic! It has everything you could want on a hike- waterfalls, mountain views and streams. I enjoyed how the terrain and density of the trees was always changing. My favorite hike so far!

Took my daughter out for the day. This hike was a blast. It was challenging in some spots but that was due to the amount of rain we have had over the last week or so. All in all it was a great time and a great day.

1 month ago

The trail itself is very nice, good grounds for exploring and getting a little solitude! I knock it two whole stars due to the extreme difficulty the road leading to the trail head in Suches, GA provides for any car that isn't a tricked out Jeep Wrangler. The drive in from the road to the trail head is probably a little over a mile, yet took me over an hour altogether to get in and out. I'd never been more grateful for a little even pavement after that!

it's okay in the winter

We are a couple in our 60’s in reasonably good shape and did this trail in January, after a snow/ice event but the day was relatively warm. For us it was moderately strenuous but hey, we’re in our 60’s. Pretty constant ups and downs but most of that was relatively gradual. No truly hard climbs or descents and the footing on most of the trail was good. A little rocky and root strewn on the west side of the loop. It took us 6 hrs but most people do it in 4-5 hours.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Great trail with a gorgeous river that's big enough to swim in in the summer months. I'm definitely going back. it was a very easy hike.

I did this Trail in mid-october going to do it again January 11 or 12 this is the best trail I have ever done I did like Cloudland Canyon, but I would like to ask has anyone had any weird experiences on this Trail?

Views from Overlook are spectacular! Hike is fairly easy... enjoyed learning about history of the tower and wall.
Great hike even when it is 20F.

2 months ago

Although the area is very lovely, I'm not sure how anyone would classify this trail as a moderate hike. We started our trek at the Old Fort parking area and went clockwise. This trail had some of the steepest ups/downs we've encountered on all of our trails in Georgia. We were so busy fighting the trail (not wanting to slip down the steep slopes on the leaf litter) that we couldn't really enjoy the views. Another stretch of the trail narrows to ~1ft wide and was located on the very edge of a steep slope; some of this section seemingly eroded downslope. After only ~2miles, we'd finally had enough and moved over to the 'easy' bike trial.

I only hiked up to the wall from the parking lot but have to say I’m impressed with the wall and it’s unknown history. Very interesting to me and makes me wonder about what it’s real purpose was and who built it. Will be going back soon to do the loop. Accidentally stumbled up on this relic. Highly advise anyone to at least check out the ruins of the wall. This was on Jan 01, ‘18

2 months ago

Great hike. Recommend you go clockwise due to very steep section down to the river. Easier to go down than up. Very cold today (12 degrees--dog loved it!) but looks like a great summer hike and river swim.

2 months ago

Great trail and beautiful scenery near the water.

2 months ago

This was a gorgeous hike with so many different terrain traverses. The river was incredibly beautiful and if there is a down side it was wanting to constantly sneak off trail to river gaze.

We did have a beginning back track when we took a right fork early on thinking we were at the beginning of the loop. Checking the AllTrail map got us straightened out and we were back on track 20 minutes later. Stay left out of the parking lot till the big tree that splits the trail. The blue trail blaze begins at this point and is easy to follow. We went left and had no regrets. Its a fairly balanced trail and there will be areas of moderately strenuous climb going either way.

At the parking lot we had to ask if we were in the right place. It had a placard for hunting, fishing, and land use passes without much other helpful info. Fortunately we happened upon friendly locals that confirmed the trail and it's open access state.

If I lived locally I would do this hike every day. It is Nature at its finest!

This was really a great hike. It had a lot of beautiful views, streams, waterfalls and ups and downs. I think we saw one other person on the trail the entire time. My wife and I took our 8 month old
Golden Retriever and we had a lot of fun on the trail!

Soooooo enjoyed hiking this trail in the snow today!! Was an amazing hike

It was alright

trail running
3 months ago

I had a blast running this trail. The start is on down the road from the Outpost. One of the Rangers gave me a map and told me where to go. They said it is a 5 hour hike but I ran it in 1.5 hours. The trail was very well marked so I had no trouble staying on track. There are no restrooms at the parking for the trail so make sure you get that done before hand. It is a State Park so if you don't have a parking pass there will be a parking fee.

3 months ago

Great hike , beautiful views of the river. Nice trail maintenance.
Trail colors on the map were off from the parking map but trail easy to follow.

probably enjoyed this Trail more than any this year

Nice hike with lots of small ups and down over 8 miles. Several nice spots to lookout and nice stream views.

Hiked with a small group. It was a great hike with a couple of good stopping points with a view. Truly a moderate hike.

Beautiful fall colors, awesome hike, and very well marked! :)

If you complete the entire trail, you cross the creek 16 times one way. So 32 times total. This does not include any of the natural runoffs or springs. The difficulty of the trail varies on the water levels for the creek crossings. There are areas on the trail that are not marked well. Most of the elevation gain is near the end of the trail. If you just want to see the waterfall, it’s approximately 2.8 miles one way. Great hike!

Just finished this earlier today. It’s easy to moderate, the rocks can be a bit slippery when wet though. The Benton MacKaye Trail portion is much better than the AT portion, with different types of forest, a nice overloook that I think has better view than at the Springer summit, and several creek crossings. The AT portion is busy on weekends but you’ll be all alone on the BMT

We completed this trail on October 29 during the first snowfall of the season.
Some ascend and descend present a good work out and not difficult to handle. A large portion of the trail is covered in large rocks and tree roots so hiking boots are preferred for safety. It also included few crossings of the creek without any bridges, so its a good idea to wear a pair of waterproof hiking boots.
Awesome chance to see the South Terminus of AT.
Trail is easy to follow and lightly trafficked. We only had somewhat of a hard time to find continuation of the trail past the parking lot but found some AT markers on the trees maybe 100 feet in.
It also offers camping spots, bear proof food storage container, few water sources and a shelter.
Great views from Springer Mountain summit.
Trail is dog friendly.

5 months ago

I highly recommend this if you're looking for a moderate hike with your dog! It has a great mix of scenery and difficulty.

I completed the trail today (Oct 22, 2017), and the leaves were starting to turn color - good amount of yellow, some orange / red. I expect the place to be full of autumn color the first or second week of November! It was beautiful nonetheless!

We started our hike at around 8:45 AM (Sunday), and we only saw three other pairs of hikers on the trail. It was really nice not having a crowd.

I brought my 45-lb dog along, and she loved it! The terrain is rocky, but there is good footing available along the entire route. I usually have some with her on "rocky" terrain, but this trail does not have rocky steps - the ground is just slightly bumpy with rocks. I felt safe even with a dog that pulls while going downhill at times.

There are many bear warning signs, but we did not see any during our hike even while carrying snacks. It probably helped that we talked pretty loudly while walking.

It was a super instant gratification little hike. I don’t think I’d call it more than moderate. Walking up Stone Mountain, for example, is way harder than this. Great view from the overlook and the restored fire tower and lots of interpretive signage to read both about the fire tower and pre-Colombian stone wall. My dog didn’t like the open grate stairs to the overlook, but she made it through.

5 months ago

Amazing walk going counter clockwise on the trail, just be prepared for the steep up hill back.

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