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Unfortunately, we ran out of time and did not make it to the top. This hike is NOT 7.2 miles. It's closer to 9.5 miles round trip. Beautiful waterfalls on the way, just disappointed we didn't reach the knob.

backpacking
19 hours ago

My wife and I did this loop on November 3. Plenty of water sources were available along the trail. I found it to be moderate, with one or two short, strenuous sections. Decent amount of other hikers on the trial - lots at the visitor’s center and picnic area.
Spent the night at the Fern Cove backcountry site. Close to water, but the ground was all slightly sloped for a tent. Had a firepit available.

hiking
3 days ago

Family Hike to see some rushing water,Waterfalls are great!!

backpacking
4 days ago

fun hick with great view expeclly on a clear night you can see milkyway and shooting stars camped near top watch out for Snakes thought

hiking
7 days ago

Really enjoyed this trail! As others have mentioned, it is a beautiful drive on the way in through the Lake Rabun area, a nice winding road that follows the lake. No trouble finding the trail or staying on it, and great scenery the whole way. If you have time, I recommend tacking on a visit to nearby Minnehaha Falls – the falls there are impressive, but at .4 miles RT, the trail is so short that I’m not sure it would be worth a long drive to see them on their own.

Very cool little hike. The tower was partially closed, but also open to where you could climb up into it without too much problem. It wasn't easy, but wasn't hard either. There's a metal grate blocking the top two steps,but they have the rest of it open, which was a bit odd.

The gravel road was not particularly rough so regular passenger vehicles can probably make it ok.

I LOVE THIS TRAIL. I’m sad it took me so long to find out about it, seriously. This trail has it all! 3 waterfalls, a river, a mountain, an AMAZING lookout.... I loved it so much. The first two miles are fairly easy, then the last two are climbing up to Pinnacle Knob. I really, really enjoyed this hike. I went on a Saturday and maybe saw about 15 people the whole time. I also took my three dogs and they had a great time. Highly recommend this trail! Parking is nice and convenient too. Also a lot of really cool camp spots. Another thing, the trail has been rerouted since it was last updated on here, so it’s definitely more like 4 miles to the top.

Easily my favorite hike in North Georgia. Can’t wait to come back in winter and sit under the falls.

We did the western fork and it was definitely a challenge from the lake to Lookout Point. The lake should be a definite side Trail for you to explore you get to walk completely around the lake.

Great hike with lots of water features along the way. Steady incline towards the top but with a nice payoff.

Short but steep hike to a great view. Be warned that the last 2 miles to drive there are on an unpaved road.

Go in the fall (we went first weekend of November) and you will get an excellent view of black rock mountain and the southern end of the smoky mountains. Nice waterfalls too. Keeping in the list of repeat hikes.

Hit it on 11/4/18. The weather was beautiful and the falls are just the finale of a series of great sights and sounds. Some of the rocks are rough for very young and inexperienced hikers. Definitely a great day hike or one-night outing!

This trail was definitely the most challenging I have done. It was scenic and lightly traveled but much more difficult than expected—lots of challenging uphill portions. It appears that the trail is actually more like 9 miles, which for us included a short detour to the lake and then another to the overlook. Overall, I’m proud of myself for accomplishing this, but note that it might take longer than other people mentioned. Also, I live somewhere with no elevation so am not used to this type of terrain.

Great hike - trailhead is tough to locate, basically marker between the two parking areas (we parked at Warwoman) marked blue/difficult that takes up up some switchbacks to cross the road. A few waterfalls and through some camping areas. Lot of up and down and flat until you pass the camping area and then it’s a steady up for the last mile and a half. Great views but very windy so we didn’t spend too much time at the top. A solid 8 miles and we did it in just under 4 miles with few breaks.

Super fun! Pretty easy hike and we saw a few people camping

Yay yay yay!

Felt long than 1 mile but beautiful views at the top!

Great trail! Easy and beautiful!

Really enjoyed this hike. Not very difficult, but a nice view at the top with a couple nice waterfalls.

hiking
25 days ago

One of my favorite hikes!! Bring a lunch and enjoy the beautiful view!!

Went on a hike with my wife and six and seven year old girls on 10/19/2018. The hike was pretty easy and quite enjoyable but we were disappointed in the view of the waterfall. Be aware that when you actually get close to the waterfall, you’re pretty much just hiking parallel to the falls and gradually making your way down the mountain and never actually heading to the base of the falls. We started at the Bad Creek parking lot and didn’t even complete the entire hike. Maybe about 80-90% of the hike as marked on this app. On the way back, we took the gravel road instead because we were in a hurry to head back due to losing daylight with my two young girls. Overall, the difficulty of the hike was easy. No climbing involved and the trail doesn’t get too steep at all. The trail is marked well enough and maintained. Easy enough for six and seven year old girls. Like I mentioned, the only reason we didn’t make it was due to losing light.

Pretty trail with 2 very nice waterfalls.

We were excited to hike this trail only to be disappointed that you could not access the trail. The road in was soft gravel and 0.2 miles from the top became impassable without 4 wheel drive.

One hell of a trail. I took the east loop to the lookout and the west back to the trailhead. Both ways are difficult, but judging from the descent, the west loop is definitely a more difficult climb. Plenty of water sources on both sides if you carry a filter. The overlook had a tremendous view, pay no mind to negative reviews about the payoff. I rested my feet on the warm rock and just stared into forever. The waterfall at the end of the west loop was very refreshing for my aching feet after that steep descent. If you're trying to get/stay in shape for hiking the AT like I am, this is a good one to test your mettle on. Happy Hiking!

Rating it as 4 star, not so superb view from look off mountain overlook due to the tall trees which were blocking the view but this is great hike for work out. We hiked blood mountain, freeman loop and mount Yonah but I will rate this one as most difficult among them as there were random ascent and descent throughout the trail and its core dense jungle. We ( me and my wife ) took almost 4 hours to complete the loop but its worth visit.

Complete Trail is marked with orange marks to help you not get lost in the jungle. There is beautiful lake ( don’t miss that part if you wanna have a great shoot for land, water and sun) slightly deroute from the trail (0.85 mile loop).

Keep climbing, Keep Hiking !!! Cheers

backpacking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike! I definitely would not rate this as hard - more like moderate. The only difficult part was heading back up from the river. The waterfall and river are totally worth this short steep section. Otherwise very easy trail that makes for a nice afternoon hike!

Good, short trail with a beautiful view at the top! Not too difficult, but don’t try it in tennis shoes.

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