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We camped near a waterfall and hiked to other falls, nice area with several trails

Beautiful fall colors

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.

hiking
9 days ago

Wonderful hike especially if you have a photographers eye. Great workout as well.

hiking
10 days ago

My wife and I hiked this trail and it has to be one of our favorites. The roar of the mountain streams and the beautiful foliage was amazing. The area of Elkmont was awesome. It is a must for anyone who loves to hike.

hiking
15 days ago

Completed the loop 2 weekends ago. Picked the wrong weekend as it was mid-30s and rained the entire time (40% chance of rain for the weekend apparently means 100% rain 100% of the entire time you are there). I would have imagined the views would have been incredible without the dense fog from all the misting rain. Nonetheless, I am rating without consideration of those conditions. Very cool hike for the Appalachia. Very difficult to find hikes with abundant open views like this one. Completed in 2 days, 1 night.

I love this trail. It has a streams, waterfalls and gorgeous mountain views. My favorite hike in Georgia.

Good trail for hikers and dogs. Once you get out of parking lot area not many people. A few “water crossings” not really water crossings but water on ground is great for dogs. Added miles making it an 11 mile loop in four hours. There was good up and down making it a great workout. Lots of fallen leaves at moment which did make it hard to see slippery rocks so watch footing.

hiking
17 days ago

hike it with my wife on November 2nd. beautiful, foggy and cold. not too many hikers. nice and relaxing.

We started the trip from our camp site which added about a mile in length. The true beginning of the trail starts at a parking lot going to your right. If all you care to see if the lookout then it is at the end of the trail to your left about 50 yards. The trail was difficult at the beginning and end with many steep inclines. I would not recommend this trail for children or dogs. There are many spots in the trail that are very narrow and you have to cross water a couple of times. There are a few spots to stop with benches and many areas with large bolders where we stopped to have lunch. Our trip took about 6.5 hours with a total of 9.4 miles. Overall I would recommend this trail especially this time of year with the leaves changing color.

backpacking
21 days ago

We had a great time making this a two day trip and camping. Only negative experience was since a recent rain a lot of the trail was swampy.. but that is my only complaint! had a great time.. even in 36 degree wet weather! thanks! I would have a map for a couple areas, we hit a couple different trails to see things.

Great hike. This loop consists of connecting a few different smaller trails but was a great route with beautiful landscapes. There were signs for active bear interactions posted on a small section of the trail and to be cautious when in this area (we didn't see anything).

Trail does not have markers thru out, only at trail intersections but the trail is well defined thru out.

Moderately challenging. Firetower at campsite 38 offers some stunning views of Smokey mountain ridges.

backpacking
1 month ago

Cool trail just dont turn down bent creek trail like we did and go all the way around that’s like 18 miles.Unless your up for that.

Great trail, you will see bikers. Nice Creek crossings, easy trail to follow.

a nice, moderate trail, with easy reaches along the Little River. A portion is also known as Jake's trail, and the signs can be confusing. The non-river reach is sparsely hiked, with several challenging stream crossings, making the trail totally worth it. Parking at the trailhead is easier to get than at some of the other trails in GSM park.

This was a wonderful trail for my family with kids ages 5-15. The trail was easy to walk, beautiful, and not too crowded. We even saw a bear cross the path and go across the river. Pretty views of the river and forest scenery. We only walked a mile or two in this time, but can’t wait to do a
longer hike next time

Not enough to see for such a long hike.

Great experience. Crossing the creek multiple times can be challenging due to slick rocks.

1 month ago

awesome. definitely longer than 8 miles, great views. good workout

Beautiful trail. Challenging on MB. Worth the climbs.
Water crossings.

The entire 7.5 mile loop that includes the Devils Bathtub was fairly strenuous. I hiked the back 5 miles first and then descended the mountain and made it to the bathtub. The first 2-3 miles were fairly difficult and elevated but once on top of the mountain fairly easy going. Trails are rustic and at some points wild. Keep eyes on the trees. The park has marked the trail with yellow markers following the path on the trees. I got turned around several times and had to back track to make sure I was going in the right direction. The bathtub was very interesting and would probably have been better if I didn’t make it there right around dark. I recommend you doing the hike earlier. On the way back from the tub (2 miles to the parking lot from this spot) you will have to cross about 10 different places on the main stream. Prepare to get wet! Overall, the trail was the type of hiking I enjoy. More of a back country feel. Feel free to bring dogs (it is pet friendly) but I recommend bringing animals that have experience going up and down steep hills with rocks and streams.

backpacking
1 month ago

The road to Beech Bottom was impassable and so we ended up going here after reading some reviews. I could see why somebody would like this as a winter trail because the views through the trees are incredible but this trail needs some SERIOUS maintenance. We went over/under 28 downed trees. Everything is super overgrown and thorny! We left bruised and bleeding. Sometimes it’s hard to even find the trail. There are NO real campsites!!!!!

As others have mentioned, if you’re trying to get to the summit via hemp top trail you have about two more miles to go past the end point listed here. We pushed on to the top of the ridge hoping for views before we lost the trail/gave up and backtracked to a very provincial campsite in the middle of the trail - there is very little flat ground.

We saw one other person the entire time we were there and he seemed very surprised to see us. He dropped a hint about lots of wildlife and sure enough we saw/smelled fresh scat and noticed substantial hog rooting.

TLDR: Bottom line is this trail has a lot of potential but needs some work. No good, clear views. No water. No campsites. Very rugged. I would NOT recommend going alone.

I'm not a "flat" trail kind of guy, but the scenery along the River Trail is rivaled by few trails in the area. I enjoyed the ruggedness of the Cucumber Trail, which also had some excellent scenery. We ended our hike walking through Daisy Town, which was very neat.

Be prepared for some road waking on this section. Between coming up out of Red River Gorge and old beaver road is mostly blacktop.
The Red River section passes by Indian Arch and Staircase. On the Northern side is Furnace Arch and Clear Creek Furnace. All points of interest.
Plenty of camping spots along the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

My wife and I started on the trail and then switched back when we reached Jakes Trail. Saw a mother bear and her cub about 25 yards off of the trail. Gave her plenty of room and proceeded on the trail. Little River Trail was easy but Jakes Trail was more difficult due to the climb and recent rains.

This was a great hike! The little river trail was easy peasy - flat gravel trail along the river. Just beautiful! Cucumber gap trail I found to be a bit challenging at times (for me) due to many tree roots, uphills, and a couple stream crossings. A hiking stick would have been beneficial on the cucumber gap trail, but I did it without just fine. Just watch your step! No bear sittings but saw evidence of them on the trail. Really nice hike overall.

Fantastic backpacking loop. Definitely challenging. I went clockwise and hot straight uphill the first day, felt like forever to do 6 miles but I got there mid day. Camped by the watch tower(you need permits to back country camp!!!) and watched the sunrise over the great smoky mountains. Next day was allllll down hill but a much more mild grade. Got to finish it off with a little cliff jumping right near the end-that counts as a shower right?

hiking
2 months ago

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

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