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Fun creek crossings, great waterfalls!

Amazing hike, 7 creek crossings, loved both falls on this trail. Well worth the hike.

This was a short hike with a bushwhack to the summit of Cowpen Mountain and back. Long forest/service road drive to the trailhead at Three Forks Mountain. Still smells like fire in this area of the woods. Also, the bow hunters are out so be careful! I hiked East Cowpen Trail to the backside (north) of Cowpen Mtn where the ridge line comes down to the trail. At that point I turned back south and bushwhacked the ridge to the summit. Encountered only briers which were easy enough to go around or through. Pile of rocks is all there is to the summit. No views. From there I headed almost due East back to the trail and from there to the trailhead.

Awesome hike! I loved this so much. The hike up to Blood Mt. summit wasn’t too bad and the trail is well marked for the most part (although I did get turn around at some points) and the view from the top as incredible. The Freeman loop was not as fun. It is very rocky and you have to watch your footing while also watching out for spider webs. I ran into some hugggeeee spiders, which was not ideal. Good news is that if you go soon, I already cleared them out for you! Most definitely would hike again!

Did this yesterday. Beautiful day, beautiful hike. Not for amateurs. I expected the Freeman’s Loop portion to be easier than it was. Very rocky. Some people brought dogs but I think my dog (who is great on some hikes) would have struggled.

on Emery Creek Falls

14 days ago

Great waterfall. Perfect for hot parts of the year because you’re going to get wet. 11 creek crossings in and the same amount back out.

on Bear Creek Trail

hiking
14 days ago

A must see! I did not realize that we had trees that big in Georgia.

hiking
14 days ago

Parked at Highway 60 and headed up the mountain planning to do an out and back to the Suspension Bridge. As I began my descent from the top, the trail was so overgrown with tall grass and weeds, I kept slipping and falling because I couldn’t see the trail. I finally turned back and will try again later in the fall when some of the vegetation dies. I know the BMT is supposed to be more rustic than the AT but it could really use some trail maintenance. What is the USFS road that approaches the bridge?

Did his about a week ago and had the best time ever! We should’ve stayed up top and just played around. The views were beautiful and the old shelter was cool (can’t wait to see what my fiend wrote on our next visit).

Awesome change of scenenry along a short 8 miles! It was more difficult than I expected....but I based my expectation off of the State Park Trail Map. It had the completion time for the 1.2 mile flat gravel trail around the lake at 1 hour. It had the completion time for the Gahuti trail at 5 hrs for 8 miles...it actually took me 5 full hours. Lots of ups and downs. I saw a lot of squirrels and a family of raccoons. The lake trail and the wall trail are not actually part of the g
Gahuti but I did those as well. When you are in this park it doesn't feel like you are in the mountains at all...untill you get to the overlooks! Reminded me of the Cloudland Canyon west rim trail.

hiking
18 days ago

The first crossing was a bit of a challenge due to the recent rainfall. The rest where pretty easy comparatively. There are a few spots where the trail requires some guesswork. It seems pretty well traveled and makes for a fun adventure for any experience level. Chacos or Keens are a must for the this slippery trail. There are swimming holes on the way to the trail and at the end once you reach the falls. Make sure to bring something dry for the ride home. Enjoy!

Too many bugs and giant spiders in your face. Paths over grown. Went a mile in and turned around, couldn’t take it anymore.

Beautiful trail. It is hard, but doable with plenty of rest stops.

hiking
19 days ago

Short trail but rocky.

We took the yellow trail. It was moderate/hard on the north side due to the rocks you had to step up on and at a few points the trail is narrow. Make sure you head to the scenic over look it’s beautiful.

Great hike with the family today! The first crossing is pretty intimidating, but after that it's all fairly easy. We didn't bother trying to keep our feet dry. It would have been a waste of effort anyway. The numerous crossings made for a fun adventure with the kids and the falls are beautiful!

This is a unique trail. There are 12 creek crossings on the way to the falls, then you have to backtrack all of them. The only sketchy part is the area leading up to the first creek crossing and the crossing itself. Other than that it's fairly easy. If your up for an adventure, this trail will give it to you. The falls at the end are large and well worth the trip. Bring trekking poles or at least a walking stick.

hiking
21 days ago

Emery Creek trail/falls is my favorite hike so far. The hike was pretty easy and well worth it to see the falls. They were stunningly beautiful. The pools at the base of the falls are a great place to cool off. Really enjoyed eveything about this trail. Also crossing through the creek is great for cooling you off during your hike. ♡♡

easily the best hike to a waterfall in the state of Georgia...

hiking
26 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous! The trails aren’t the clearest marked trails, but you can get by if you actively look for the blazes. The beginning is the most confusing.

Note: You will NOT have dry feet/ankles/calves on this hike. There are 20+ creek crossings (round trip.) Unless you have weak ankles, I would suggest wearing something other than hiking boots. There are a few technical sections, but I did fine in my Merrell Vibrum Vapor Glove Shoes. I took my 5 year old with me and he had a blast. I would suggest taking a life jacket for the little ones to enjoy the pools at the foot of the falls. One of my favorite hikes.

It was a beautiful day for an awesome hike!

Took my 3 year old and dog. it was a good short trail for them. After our short hike we found the play ground and a cool overlook spot to see the mountains. Cost $5 to enter park.

Prefer to go up AT and return via Freeman Trail to avoid the crowds coming up. Freeman is usually empty.

I grew up here in the area. I’ve hiked this trail several times. Love the adventure, the solitude and yes it’s a strenuous hike but well worth it. Currently the trail is closed per USFS due to storms recently.

This trail is no joke. View at the summit is absolutely worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Get ready to get wet! This hike has plenty of creek crossings so make sure you come prepared. The falls are absolutely gorgeous and the trailhead was pretty easy to find. Best part was definitely the fact that there was such little traffic on the trail. You should totally check out Emery Creek!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! The river crossings are fun on a hot summer day and our dogs loved it. There is swimming at the base of both falls. Things to note...at the start of the trail there are two paths, one leading down to the river and one leading up. The one leading up is the main trail. Also after reading the other reviews we expected the first crossing to be difficult. We did a somewhat challenging first crossing where we waded across the river but it turns out we just crossed too early and there was an easy crossing further down. Basically if you think it looks like a hard crossing keep walking and look for the green blazes!

This place is tranquil and glorious. The hike is quiet and let’s you get into nature without the loud packs of people and airplanes over head. If you’re trying to get out of town and hike your heart out this is the place. The falls are beautiful. Don’t miss this!

Easy hike!!

This was such a fun trail with multiple beautiful overlooks at the top. Most people turn left onto the AT when they make it to the intersection and are met with a steep incline and tons of rocks, but if you curve to the right and continue onto Byron Reese, you will have a slow and much more doable incline. We did this and thought the trail was fairly easy because of it. Wear good shoes and socks! The trail is so rocky.

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