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Very challenging trail for me, as it was my first back country camping trip, luckily I had my brother in law with me who has been here a couple of times and he was a big help. We did the trail clockwise and had no reals issue other than being out of shape with a heavy pack on. The trail is clearly marked and I agree with some of the other reviews that the mile markers are not entirely accurate. Please be cautious, as the the leaves and rocks are extremely slippery due to the recent rains. It took us a 3.5 hours to get to our campsite (3) and the next morning it took us 2 hours finish. I consider this moderate to strenuous. I will definitely hike this trail again.

Nice hike out, moderately strenuous during the first mile climb. Bridge is worth seeing. The walk back is along a dirt road. total trip was 7 miles by my GPS.

hiking
2 days ago

Awesome hike beautiful scenery, would do it again

Great time with my brother! The driving path was closed about a half mile from the start of the hike so we parked at the sign and hiked, finding downed trees and giant puddles in the driving path so definitely heed the warning if you see the sign. There was a small brook where we could fill our bottles too. It was an awesome experience and would definitely recommend.
Here’s a video of our trip.
https://youtu.be/pLdjsKbhPnc

Great trail I was slightly concerned when we started out because it is on a road but after about a quarter-mile or so you turn and go into a real hiking trail and it is beautiful after that.

Great easy hike today in the misty rain. The poplar tree is much bigger in person than in pics! Trail was great. Very beautiful area. Only about a mile hike to the tree.

Fun hike. Doesn’t take long and trail is well marked.

"Moderate"? Ha! No, I'd say more like moderately strenuous. It's well marked, beautiful scenery, a few small creek crossings, and a spectacular waterfall about 5.5 miles in (I hiked clockwise from the trailhead parking lot). Lots of ups and downs. Mostly ups! Took me close to 5 hours, and I'm usually a fairly fast hiker. I've hiked plenty of 8-12 mile trails, and this one sure seems longer than 8 miles :)
But it's beautiful, and I'd do it again. I'm willing to bet there are many wildflowers to see in the spring. Fall would be spectacular, too.

hiking
9 days ago

Nice weather today for the fist hike of the year. Not too many people out today. This trail is easy with a few moderate spots. Overall a good trail for people beginning hiking or for seasoned hikers as well. Not many views but a chance to see the Gennet poplar, the second largest tree in GA.

Beautiful day to hike, cool temps and a little wind. Trail was wet and this slippery. Well marked with orange blazers.

hiking
10 days ago

The trail is beautiful, but is poorly marked in places. But, overall, an amazing photography trail!

hiking
10 days ago

STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL!! You can cross a tree to a small island about halfway through the loop. However, POORLY marked trail. Difficult to know which was beginning and end without this app and it’s GPS.

Just hiked the Gahuti trail today and it was gorgeous. it was quite foggy and moist but this made the hike extra mystic and romantic. there are just so many different type of vegetations. not many people either so the dog had a blast too. instead of doing the Gahuti only we cut through the Goldmine Creek Trail along the lake and through the Big Rock Trail. worth seeing.

Rough! Lots of tree roots, rocks and wet spots. Came in at 8.67 miles total and took just over 3 hours. Lots of water crossings. Too foggy to see the views but the park is gorgeous!! Would rate this mod- strenuous.

Quick hike to see amazing view and a little history lesson.

Great hike for the day. Filled with hills and panoramic views.

Great trail, well blazed, with a lot of waterfalls. It was foggy the day that we went, so unfortunately couldn’t see any of the views, but it was still a great hike. Completed it as marked in 3 hours.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful place. long hike usually see no one. fall has gorgeous views.

great view. easy for kids

Love this trail! It’s perfect for a day hike. Dog, family and beginner friendly.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was beautiful! I’m not an experienced hikers and so this was a little hard for me at times. But I got through it! The part along the river was so peaceful and amazing. It is not marked very well but the map helped a lot if I lost track of the obvious foot trail. Also when you go off trail to view the river someone marked that for you:). Definitely recommend! Also you need a land pass which you can purchase online.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with awesome views. Closer to 10 miles total.

Nice trail. The outlook views were great! The fire tower was neat and the old fort wall.

walking
1 month ago

Absolutely fantastic trail! Quiet, peaceful, and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. We took our 6 yo Weimaraner and 12 1/2 yo Yellow Lab, and they loved it. We couldn’t go as far as we wanted because our Lab has arthritis, but she still did great for the 2 miles we accomplished. We will definitely be coming back soon!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was great! I loved how you can get off the beaten path and see the river! Definitely recommend.

Great trail with lots of beautiful views! Kind of busy, but we waited to go until the tower was open - very neat observation decks at the overlooks as well. Lots of history! Full trail review + more pics coming to our hiking blog soon - www.Wander-Full-Life.com

Moderate trail great in the fall or winter. A lot of bugs during the summer months. From the parking lot take Rock trail on the other side of blocked road barrier. Stay to the left on grassy downhill open field. Great views of rapids on your left. It will loop back to the parking lot

Well-maintained and in the fall extra special with the changing of the leaves. We made it in time to venture up and inside the CCC fire tower and although it was foggy the view was nice.

My uncle and I circumvented the trail surrounding Fort Mountain State Park in a little over 5 hours. The trail is well-maintained and several of the views are spectacular, I hear. We were among the clouds during our hike and although the vistas were not available to us the scenery and foliage was and it is tremendous.

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