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Skip this trail if you want to go hiking in the woods. The only walking trails are really paved beside the river. Once you’re in the woods, it’s a constant barrage of mountain bikes speeding toward you and then getting upset if you don’t see them in time.

This was a very cool spot to visit. There is 175 wooden steps to the top of the falls which are the biggest in the state of Georgia. There will be plenty of people enjoying the falls so if you want to be away from people this isn't the spot. You won't forget some of the views and sights and is a must if you're visiting the state of Georgia.

Beautiful hike. A little challenging but definitely worth it!

Did this trail in March 2018 and it’s a great day hike. The first 2/3 of the Trail ascends up Blood Mountain gradually with a pretty good push to the summit, then descends steeply over the finally mile and a half. The trail itself isn’t as established which gives it a very rustic adventurous feel as you hike the Blood Mountain ridge line. The second half of the hike loops back on the AT giving you a chance to run into AT through hikers. Not too difficult would definitely recommend.

Nice state park. 5$ entry. Very Family friendly and easy to access, hence it's pretty popular. Don't let that stop you from going. Good views. Caught a ranger giving a talk about Owls at the lodge. 15$ buffet, to stuff yourself after hiking. Great view from lodge.

10 days ago

Have to go about three miles to see a sight worth looking at.

Nice and very scenic. Loved this park! Will be back soon!

13 days ago

Went to ATKO today. Took the stairs to the top of the falls, which I highly recommend. It’s tough but take your time and it’s not THAT bad. Well work the views. Visit the lodge while you’re up there. Took the East Ridge trail back to the visitors center. Great weather today!!

Such a great area, everything you would need for all ages. Because of this it is extremely busy, I recommend getting there as early as you can to avoid the crowds and kids. $5 parking with lots of available spots. Great for a quick workout or a full day of hiking and picnicking. My personal favorite, if you've already experienced the waterfall before, is taking the East Ridge Trail up the mountain and taking the stairs back down. Definitely broke a sweat and was ready for a break when I got to the top.

17 days ago

Beautiful views and massive waterfall

Beautiful falls. Lots of stairs that can be wet. Close to parking which makes it nice but also means many people.

Trail: Preserve (yellow blazes)
Dist: 1.0 mi
Duration: well-paced 40 minutes
Condition: Good
Views: only after leaf drop, Grandview Lake, SharpTop Mtn.
Date of visit: 2/24
traffic: light
Location: visibly marked, easy to get to, Ga Hwy 136
PARKING: Flat gravel lot for 10-12 vehicles
Wildlife: A few birds here and there. Inactive this particular morning.

We took our boys—8&6–and it was the perfect distance and duration for the whole family. The trail starts out relatively flat with little gain, but begins to lose elevation quickly when it forks off from the Champion Creek Trail. The elevation lost is regained quickly at the convergence of the Champion Creek Trail near the end.
The view of Grandview Lake is only visible when there are no leaves. A little past the halfway point, a small mountain spring provides a cool rest point and place for kids to splash in a few holding pools.
After the hike, the Burnt Mtn Overlook is about a mile down the road for impressive views, as is Eagles Rest Park on Mt. Oglethorpe with several viewing decks and trails.

My dog, Rezin, and I hiked the loop today, and I couldn’t be happier with how awesome it was. Weather was a little cloudy so it gave some nice shade. Great water access for majority of the hike. I didn’t need to get out my dog bowl, he was sipping from small creeks and puddles pretty much every time we took a break. The view from the peak of blood Mountain is out of this world! Decent amount of people on the trail, but all friendly and majority had dogs but they were friendly as well. Great place to also camp, so I plan on doing that next time! Overall, it was an absolutely beautiful and stunning hike!

21 days ago

I run this trail every week. It's well marked and kept clean. Has a few low spots where it collects rain water, but overall very quiet and very nice.

It has spurs that offer varying difficulty but none of it is challenging.

Beautiful views and waterfall. It’s easier if you hike to the top and come down the stairs but it’s more difficult to enjoy the waterfall that way. Your backs to it most of the time. Well worth the trip!

This trail is very nice and the falls are breathtaking. I recommend starting at the bottom of the falls and ending at the top. Some of the views from the top are great. This trail is awesome and I recommend it for all ages and this trail is defiantly for beginners. Plan to stay for around one or two hours. This trail is great and I would definitely go back.

Relatively flat with only one area that will make you breathe very hard. Does not contain many roots or rocks that can twist ankles. Not a very scenic route but the length makes it very nice for getting in shape.

Watch out for ice and mud, but the trail is in good shape.

Beautiful hike, and not overly difficult....moderate rating is accurate. The falls are amazing especially when frozen over. The forest road getting there is rough and potentially muddy. Drive a vehicle that’s not low to the ground. Four wheel drive is helpful.

1 month ago

Nice trail close to Atlanta. Easy tho.

One of my favorite trails! Definitely a little difficult, but you'll be fully rewarded with the view at the top!

I hike a lot and consider myself in decent shape for 50, but the climb out on the Champions trail is difficult. The walk down on the way in is moderate to difficult, it's a steep drop over a slippery trail. Once at the bottom, the waterfall is nice. I would not recommend this for beginners or someone who is not in good physical condition. This is wilderness, there is no way out except to climb the hill, and any kind of a rescue would be hard due to the heavy tree cover.

it's okay in the winter

My 3 year old and I had a great time on the falls trail! He made it down ALL of the steps with no problems, then he zoomed his way back up, almost faster than I could! This definitely isn’t his first trail experience, however I really don’t think this one would be too difficult for most physically active kids. All the way down to the bottom and then back up took all of an hour and a half. It was beautiful and we had a great time!!

Great hike some ice on the trail but you could bypass most icy patches. This hike was recommended by a few websites as a top winter hike in north GA. They were right beautiful Mountain View’s all the way. Be sure to climb the rocks by the shelter at the summit that’s where the best views are.. as far as difficulty I would say moderate to hard but defiantly I saw dogs and children that made it to the summit with no problems.

Cold as it gets. Hit the trail at 8:30 this morning and the air temperature was at 7. Beautiful views and vistas although I only spent about 15 minutes at the top.
Trail conditions: deep frozen tundra with some slick spots along the hike.

Well maintained by SORBA. Diverse terrain of deciduous and pine trees, rises and falls, straightaways and switchbacks. Must stay alert for bikes AND roots/rocks. Avalanche loop 1 & 2 take you above the Little River at a dam and another white water spot. You can hear I-575 traffic, especially in winter. Avalanche loop 3 escapes car noise.

Awesome trail, even in winter with temps below freezing! Beautiful views! Falls are THE BEST!

Great scenic views nearing the summit, best one before you reach the shelter. Freeman trail relatively easy but has some great rock scrambles. Get there early as parking is limited.

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