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backpacking
13 hours ago

Janet and I thru hiked the Bartram Trail.
On Sunday 10/7/18, We drove up the Forest Service road to less than a mile to the trail and camped on Cheoah Bald in NC. Monday 10/8/18-Tuesday 10/16/18, we hiked south to Russell Bridge in GA, with a shuttle by Michael Newton from Wallace Branch to Hickory Nut.
Trail maintenance was best at day hike areas and worse far from road crossings. Every day in GA and NC involved multiple large trees across the trail and blow downs. The hike up Wolf Mt in NC was difficult due to 6 days of food, poor maintenance and steep terrain. Speed Gap in GA has a huge blow down just beyond the etched Bartram Trail Rock. It completely obscured the trail for hikers coming from Russell Bridge toward Warwoman Dell.
We had a great time. Other than the beautiful Saturday on Rabun Bald and parking areas, we saw 4 hikers in 9 days.

Trail was pretty muddy in spots possibly due to the rains from recent storms. There are lots of alternate routes to get around the mud without too much problem. I liked the challenge of finding the path of least resistance. Otherwise it’s nicely packed with roots and stones for steps and bridges when necessary. Plenty of shade and cross winds for a pleasant temperature. To get to the very top of the falls one must climb a short path which is very steep but worth it. This is a technical trail due to some of its hazards but they are only a small part of the overall hike which allows you to keep going.

Just got back from another church hike. Hiked from whitewater falls to Oconee Park. Trails in perfect condition.

Great shorter hike, beautiful views, great for kids just be aware that mountain bikers utilize this trail too.

Path to Upper Falls not marked well but came across other hikers who missed it too and guided us in the right direction. Make sure to see both falls. Great hike and the dogs enjoyed it. Lots of water access for them!

birding
19 days ago

Now this is a trail. Love it.

Great trail. Well marked and easy to follow. Excellent view points over seeing the lake.

Tougher than I expected but was a good workout. Beautiful views along the lake.

I really enjoyed this hike. We had to take our shoes off to cross over in a couple of places but it was a nice little refresher as we waded across the creek. Probably would not do this one during the cooler months but as for today it was nice.

One of my favs

Slow uphill. Steep slope to rock overlook. Robe on trees to hold

This trail is definitely predominantly used by mountain bikers as stated in other reviews. Be sure to follow the app’s GPS directional advice because there are a few forks on the trail and you could get lost early on. The trial itself is a moderate hike up and the top is a rock bald with sparse trees and foliage, but the view is beautiful for sunsets. Also note, no camping is allowed in DuPont anywhere.

hiking
1 month ago

The terrain here is beautiful, and the altitude changes nicely (but be careful about loose stones and slippery wetness). If you want to see how the different faces and altitudes of the region affect the trees and local insects (open grassy fields, hickory, berries, oak, various evergreens, bees among the rhododendrons and ragweed, flies on the bear and dog scat), this is a good trail for that purpose over just a few miles. Also, there are several crossing routes and side trails so that you can modify your hike to your needs, but remember to walk the extra mile or two to catch all of the falls.

The trail was OK but it was VERY poorly marked, this is why the 3 stars. Also there were 2 places that required us to take off our shoes (or not but water was shin high) and wade across the water. While we enjoyed it and our dogs loved it - I can see how some might not so wanted to mention this.

hiking
1 month ago

Review of Lower Falls, Upper Falls, and Graveyard Fields Loop, hiked with one dog, two children ages 7 and 10 who are intermediate hikers. 

I grew up hiking this trail and today I passed the torch on to my boys (7 and 10). Graveyard fields is a well known and popular hike for locals and tourists alike. During the Summer time and weekends you can expect heavy foot traffic. Being a Tuesday we had the trail to ourselves for the most part. We started off by visiting lower falls just under 1/2 mile from the parking area down several flights of stairs. This area is a popular swimming area and where we saw the most people on our trip today. If you have very young children, older dogs, or anyone in your group with difficulty getting around this will be your go to spot. This spot offers several large boulders to take a breather on or sunbathe. A small waterfall you can rock hop your way up to. There are also a couple of small swimming holes for everyone to cool off in on warmer days. Be sure to rest up and keep in mind the stairs can be tedious on the way back out. If you are looking for a more adventurous hike then head back up the stairs and to the fork you passed on your way in. Keep right to start a 1 mile hike to upper falls. Note this trail is not well marked, and underbrush often takes over the path. You will be forced to hike single file, wade through mud, rock hop across several creeks, and navigate over tree roots, rock steps, and boulders. This trail is not recommended for young children, or pups that might struggle to get around well. Several of the areas are slick from the cooler wet environment and can be challenging to navigate in areas. As you hike you will come to another main fork go left to take graveyard fields loop or veer right to continue on to upper falls. This is where the trail can become challenging, as you make your way to Upper Falls. Once you arrive at upper falls you can choose to stay where the trail meets the water or continue to hike on up either the boulders or along a small trail that will take you parallel to the water and to the top of the waterfall. There are several areas among the rocks where you can wade through the water and admire the waterfall. Be careful though as these rocks are often very slick and can be tricky to navigate. There are several trees that offer the opportunity to hang up a hammock for a nap after a nice picnic. Once you're ready to head out, back trackthe same you came in. You will once again find yourself at the fork for graveyard fields loop which will bring you out at the lower end of the parking lot or you can follow the same route you hiked in on. This hike is a great way to spend the day relaxing with friends and family with beautiful flowers, ample views of water it will feel like your own little paradise. Come prepared to get your feet wet and muddy and bring towels for your four legged family members. 

Very nice easy hike. the trail has great views of the lake. the trail turned out to be 6 miles according to my wife's fitbit. we seen a few mountain bikes but very considerate of the hikers and a couple people riding horses.

Very nice hike. Went to the lower falls then graveyard ridge trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Once again, this used to be a favorite hike for us. That was when there was no restroom and the parking lot held 5 cars but there was usually only 1 or 2 there. Now if it’s a weekend, be prepared to walk from a half mile down the road with the rest of the cars lined up along the way. This is a steep hike at the beginning and end with an easy to moderate hike the rest of the time. You have two waterfalls to choose from, the upper falls or lower falls. The upper falls is a longer harder hike, and the lower falls has a swimming hole. But be prepared to fight for space among the 30-60 other people trying to swim in that one little hole. Also please watch out for rattle snakes. They are very abundant in the fields.

hiking
2 months ago

Viewed the lower falls and then hiked to the upper falls. The trail to upper was pretty muddy but not at all un-passable. We hiked back to the parking lot by going on the graveyard fields trail to add some variety. Lower falls were very crowded but the hike to upper falls had more solitude and when we arrived at the upper falls we were the only ones there.

Easy hike. You need to take the side trails for most of the waterfalls and balds. A lot of day hikers. Many camping sites but only saw one other set of campers that day/night

Beautiful trails and waterfalls!

hiking
2 months ago

Loved the rocks, the lake, and all the tree coverage. Would do again. Definitely

2 months ago

Great hikes to lovely waterfalls with pools to lie in. Clayton, Ga

on Raven Rock Loop Trail

hiking
2 months ago

I did both loops. Late morning/early afternoon hike, and very few people on trail. There were a few places along the trail where tree branches fell due to recent storms. Forest views with beautiful overlook of lake. Lots of elevation changes.

I only did the West Logging Rd part of the trail to Six Mile Creek which was 30 ft or so across. There wasn't a way across without getting very wet so I turned back around.

Now the trials I used to get there were wonderful...Rocky, Wounded Knee, Wildcat Technical and Wildcat Technical Alternate( on the way back).

Saw lots of American Beautyberry bushes with berries (not yet purple in August) but I will be going back to see them.

Wounded Knee looks like a good bike trail to try for the beginner.

Lots of traffic on the trails...probably a bit more than I would like, but it was lovely nonetheless!

bear encounter

I took the trail from Table Rock to Laurel Valley yesterday morning 8-3-18 during the rain. The Creeks and Falls along the trail were raging but awesome to see and hear. Crossing points were still safe but reccomend the upmost caution. The sky's cleared by the time I crested at Sassafras overlook. I made the section in 4:35. Looking forward to Hiking the trail all the way to OSP soon.

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