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hiking
3 days ago

The hike followed nice, clear trail. A few downed trees along the path.

hiking
5 days ago

Awesome hike if you’re looking for a bit of a challenge. Lots of steep & rocky areas that make the trail more difficult, but the view is great! I don’t hike very often but would do you this one again!

backpacking
6 days ago

First things - We did not hike the entire trail. We only hiked to Earl's Ford (it was my daughters first backpacking trip and we wanted to keep it light.

I guess I was just hoping for more highlights. We thought a lunch at Earls Ford would be nice - play in the water and then work our way back... Earls Ford is beautiful and would be a perfect picnic spot, except for the car campers and ORV folks. Lots of trash and trucks.

The trail isn't used much by hikers - we saw 1 hiker over the past 2 days. The campsites are large, but nothing too exceptional, and they seem to be spaced out ever 3 miles or so. There were a few sections with lots of horse traffic (although marked as hikers only), and the spiders are plentiful.

backpacking
6 days ago

First things - we started from the end (Hwy 28) and hiked south, and we did not hike the entire trail. We only hiked to Earl's Ford (it was my daughters first backpacking trip and we wanted to keep it light.

I guess I was just hoping for more highlights. We though a lunch at Earls Ford would be nice - play in the water and then work our way back... Earls Ford is beautiful and would be a perfect picnic spot, except for the car campers and ORV folks. Lots of trash and trucks.

The trail isn't used much by hikers - we saw 1 hiker over the past 2 days. The campsites are large, but nothing too exceptional, and they seem to be spaced out ever 3 miles or so. There were a few sections with lots of horse traffic (although marked as hikers only), and the spiders are plentiful.

We'll try the south end of the trail in a few weeks.

hiking
6 days ago

Decent incline .. I’m happy I didn’t bring my dog because there were spots I wouldn’t have been able to traverse.

backpacking
8 days ago

First I need to clear up a couple facts:

-This trail is 25 miles one-way and says so right on the sign at the trailhead.
-The trailhead is on the South Carolina side of the river. It's on the left immediately AFTER the bridge from Clayton.

As for my review we loved this trail! Its far less crowded than the AT, has tons of water, great camp sites, and it's easy hiking.

The negatives:

It was spider season! And I mean lots and lots of spiders. I'm an avid outdoorsman and have spent a lot of time backpacking and I've never seen close to this many webs and spiders. I had to walk with a trekking pole up in front of me to catch the webs before my face did, because they were every 20 feet across the trail!

There was also lots of ticks, so take precautions.

There was 2 side trails within the first mile that aren't marked. Take a right on the first one to stay on the trail, and a left on the second one.

There were also a number of down trees to climb over, and at one point (at a fork about 6 miles in) there is a total blockage that you can't get around. So take the left fork about 10 feet and there's a little trail to cut back down to the main trail... I made an arrow out of sticks but who knows how long that will last.

Overall we will go back here and hike it over and over just for the beautiful water camping and the solitude. Its one of the best hikes in Georgia!

It was difficult but a lot of fun. Great to be able to let our dog off leash, it's also necessary, since there are areas that would have been near impossible trying to traverse them while dealing with the dog. Our dog did the climb fairly easily but she's a great dane and I can see where you may have to carry small dogs.

Beautiful walk. Chanterelle season. Open forest and a moderate walk if you walk every day. I'm not sure that the mileage is correct. Went Friday morning and met 3 dogs and 5 people, spread way out. Bring a snack for the climb back out. I'll do this o e again in the fall and the winter.

Fun and doable! I enjoyed this trail.

Very challenging however worth it! Gorgeous views!

Not a very difficult trail, very scenic, nice view at the top! Dogs were tired, make sure to bring water for yourself and them.

One of the best in the area. Satisfies more serious hikers without being too difficult or too long for casual hikers. Lots of water on the trail and gorgeous scenery.

I loved it..challenging in places, but well worth it!!

hiking
21 days ago

We went today, went about mile and a half up, saw momma and baby bear tracks (fresh) so we headed back down. Cool trail though!

very challenging. my 8 year old son completed this hike! I'd do it again.

Tough climb with amazing views.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a nice afternoon hike. we did this with a five and six year old. The decent to the falls could be a bit tricky for little legs, but they did great. The payoff is definitely sitting at the bottom of falls. It is beautiful. Probably even better after a rain.

took the ranger trail, rough trail, hiked it when the last hurricane winds was coming in, loved it great trail to hike.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes. The view as are incredible.

The uphill hike is pretty difficult but the view at the top is worth it!

one of my favs very difficult climb

hiking
1 month ago

One of the toughest trails I’ve hiked in north Georgia but it is completely worth it for that view. It’s very steep and you have to go around lots of boulders but pace is definitely the trick. I can’t wait to hike this one more often!

hiking
1 month ago

My sister and I hiked this trail all the way to the summit this past weekend. We clocked it at being over 6.5 miles though, from the trailhead to the summit and back. Definitely a harder trail, and not very dog friendly (you’ll likely end up carrying your dog at some point or another). It is set up in three obvious stages, the first being the White Wall clearing about 2 miles in, the second being another clearing with a fire pit and unkempt restrooms, and the third being the actual summit clearing. The cliff wall has amazing views as you hike to the summit, and is a great spot for pictures and enjoying the scenery. The main trail is well marked for the majority of the hike, with neon green plates nailed into the trees along the way, and a few red markers for paths that are not official trail. Great spot for climbing if you follow a path off from the White Wall clearing too. There are restrooms in the parking lot, but they were locked on during our visit.

rock climbing
1 month ago

Awesome trail lots of places to climb the trails where fun but we had a blast blazing our own and then climbing to the top. Not to many people if you get there early in the day. I honestly think that this trail is on the easier side of "Hard".

hiking
1 month ago

This was a nice hike down and back up a gently sloping well marked trail. I enjoyed it but do not foresee myself coming back often. Next time: Tamassee Knob !

One of my favorite difficult trails to hike when visiting my mom! Great exercise and the view makes it well worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

hike itself is ok, but the falls at the end, sitting in the middle of a jungle-like forest make it amazing! Did it early on a weekday and didn't see anyone else!

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was worth it and had a pretty good view at the end. Went May 13th and there was definitely a bunch of trees and branches to dodge as you ascended up and down the path. I don't know if I'd do it again, maybe in the winter time when there wasn't so many trees brushing up against me (waist high at the tallest). Don't forget to wear long pants!
I'd call it somewhere between easy and moderate.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike ! Really gets the blood pumping. Beautiful views. Start earlier and you won’t have to deal with high traffic.

It’s a climb to the top with little relief. Breaks up into the 3 stages. Very much an accomplishment hike. You can see where you going from the moment you park. Rewarding views.

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