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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 5, 2021
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Hot and LOTS of bugs to be early April.

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Road closed.

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The view was amazing. Very icy today. Look forward to hiking it again.

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Samantha Hahn reviewed Emery Creek Trail to Bald Mountain
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Our favorite trail. Our pups love it, too. Yes, the water is cold. Yes, the trail isn’t marked. But follow the water up and the waterfall is SO worth it. We swam and took in the view. So much fun.

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Great trail. Especially good during winter being able to see views. Moderately difficult.

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Great little trail. Made the mistake of coming up as the mountain got socked in with fog. Trail was 8n decent shape and typical of the trail surfaces in the area. I'll definitely do this hike again in the winter for the views. Also, if you're coming in from Helen, you need a vehicle with high clearance. The road is super rough!

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I did this portion as part of the unicoi to tray mountain hike. Very steep and rocky but different vantage points along the way.

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Scenic driving

Fun forest service road leads to trail head parking lot. Easy hike but spectacular view!!!

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Trail is poorly marked and the crossing at Holly Creek can be dangerous if there has been a lot of rain recently. To cross holly creek I had to go about 50 yards up river and was still hip deep in icy cold and very fast moving water. Had to take my shoes off to wade trough knee deep water at least 4 more times after that. Ended up bushwhacking significant portions because the trail was impossible to keep track of. Markings are very few and far between and path is not well worn. This might be a great summer hike when more hiker footsteps make the path more obvious and the streams are not so cold, but was unwelcoming in Feb to say the least. In the interest of getting back to my car before dark I pulled the plug before the end of the trail and took a much longer but better marked and stream free path back to my car.

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Lots of creek crossings. Tail is hard to follow, you'll feel fortunate to see one of the green markers. In general as long as you follow the creek you will get where you are going. 100% worth it for the waterfall.

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Great hike. Waterfall is very nice.

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Matthew Sanford reviewed Emery Creek Trail to Bald Mountain
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Caught this one coming from Unicoi Gap to Tray Mountain.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 16, 2018

Very unique hike with around 20 river crossings out and back. The trail is poorly marked and it is very easy to lose track. Follow the light green markings/ pink ribbons. The hike itself is easy up to the waterfall but gets harder and steeper after that, to the overlook. Went mid October and the shallow water was mid calf deep. Get ready to hike with wet shoes

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Eric Chastain reviewed Emery Creek Trail to Bald Mountain
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Amazing hike, 7 creek crossings, loved both falls on this trail. Well worth the hike.

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Elizabeth Bates reviewed Emery Creek Trail to Bald Mountain
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Great trail.

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Sabrina Mergenthaler reviewed Emery Creek Trail to Bald Mountain
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we ended up on the wrong side of the river after taking an unnecessary crossing at the start. navigator error. can't blame him though. it was dark. once on the right path, this trail is a blast. I enjoyed the river crossings. I lost count of how many there were. bring poles! the rocks are slippery. the terrain was perfectly soggy.

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First to Review

This was a very easy hike. There is a Fun forest service road with a river crossing if you’re coming the Brasstown Bald side.

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Travis Carroll reviewed Emery Creek Trail to Bald Mountain
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The hike to the falls required 10 creek crossings. We were able to keep our feet dry and our dog handled them all easily, but there had been no recent heavy rains. Trekking poles recommended. Lots of trash for the first couple of miles so if you can bring a trash bag to clean up after others, please do. The hike to the falls I would call moderate only because of the crossings. It is not steep but there are two or three scrambles that may challenge some people. There is a sign designating the trail to the falls vs. continuing on Emery Creek Trail at about 2 miles. From this point, the falls are only a few hundred yards away. Continuing on ECT is easy for about one mile, then it gets medieval. After passing a primitive campsite on hiker's left (with water source at the site) at about 3 miles, the trail crosses the creek then ascends steeply for the remainder of the trail. The trail is narrow, sloped, and has some fallen trees to navigate and a fair amount of briar crossing the trail. However there are some good views of Fort Mountain and walking through the pine forests covered in pine needles was nice. But be warned, it climbs over 700 feet per mile to the top! At the top is a car-camping area. Backpacking here would be easy because there are frequent campsites that will accommodate tents. Hammock camping would be a breeze. However, once it really starts climbing, tent campsites are absent until the top. Water sources are frequent for treating/filtering water until about 3 miles in, then there are two more water sources on the trail before reaching the top. A good overnighter would be to leave a car at the top, and camp somewhere above the falls. One of the most difficult parts of this as an out-and-back day hike is descending what was ascended, then knowing you need to do all the crossings again. Both my wife and I were spent after an out and back day hike. Unlike a lot of waterfall hikes, you can cool off in the water at the parking area. Plenty of places to hang a hammock next to the water.

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Chelsea Elliott reviewed Emery Creek Trail to Bald Mountain
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This trail is great! Very low traffic on the trail itself. Be prepared for 10 river crossings just to the falls themselves (about 2.5 miles in). We're not talking little streams you can skip across on dry rocks; I mean, mid-calf level waters that require a hiking sandal perhaps. There were also several campsites along the stretch that I'll happily return to in the future. The start of the trail has a bit of a boulder scramble to get up, but that's the toughest part. The trail itself is pretty flat. Would rate moderate. Blazes are neon green, and if in doubt, look for them across the river as that's likely where you need to go. The falls were a nice place to dry off and eat lunch before returning to the trailhead.

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Sherri Cundiff reviewed Emery Creek Trail to Bald Mountain
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Trail was amazing , beautiful scenery with gorgeous creek and ultimately the waterfalls. Following the neon green blazes is a bit sketchy as some of the river crossings. Hard to spot a green blaze amongst all the greenery /trees . Lots of water flowing due to the rain so made for a beautiful waterfall! Highly recommend if you don't mind your feet wet - it is awesome

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