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hiking
2 days ago

Very difficult to get to, but worth it. After you turn left on Blackhawk Rd, you’ll come to the first creek you have to drive through. I was able to get through this one in my Toyota Camry. Then, keep left until the second creek. I decided that one was too deep for my car, so I parked before it and walked through it and the third creek at the beginning of the trailhead. It doesn’t add much to the hike to do it this way. Most of the hike was pretty level but not very well marked - so it’s easy to take a wrong turn. Once you get to where the incline starts, just follow the creek all the way up: Very steep - like hands and knees steep at times. The waterfall is actually very tall, but mostly covered by foliage. So pictures don’t do it justice. Thanks to the couple whose driveway I got lost in trying to find this and gave me directions.

Best trail in the park

Somewhat mixed feelings about this trail, but overall it’s definitely worth trip. You start up near the interpretive center. I went on a weekend with the dog and the start was a bit of a circus because the two main park trails are slotted onto the same lane. Once you get to the canyon floor the red trail splits off, which is what you take. They seem to do a good job maintaining the trails. Clearly marked and not a ton of debris. I went after a hurricane and the crew was out there setting things right and even once I got ahead of them things still went pretty smoothly. The first part doesn’t have a ton of excitement. It’s a quiet forest stroll which isn’t bad. Just don’t expect towering canyons right off. Eventually you turn onto a ridge and pass some campsites. Once you get to campsite 2, there’s and option to keep going straight and cu about a mile off. We did that because things had been getting somewhat monotonous. Up until that point I was a bit disappointed. Then we turned up the canyon. The fences are a bit nanny-state like, but you get still get some pretty rad views. Shortly after the trail reconnects along the main drag and you can take in the rest of the canyon.

backpacking
5 days ago

We just hiked this on 10/10/18 . I can tell you that the trails are not clearly marked. the trail head does t even tell you your at conasauga river trail. it's just a big sign with a blurry map and you walk dow a road a little with a little wooden sign that just says trail. almost missed it. once you get to the river it is beautiful down there. but it's very hard to tell which way to go. we went left oops. haha wrong way came back after a pretty good distant walk. went right this time. found the trail most of the way think we crossed the river 5 times. before we couldn't see a trail anymore so we gave up found a camping spot and camped for the night. that was the night of hurricane Michael. well we woke up and the rover did rise quite a bit and was flowing fast so we decided to pack up and head back. Just wish the trails where clearly marked in some way. even with just marking tape . other then that we will be back to do it again!!!

my daughter and I hiked the yellow trail. Beautiful day, very nice trails.

hiking
11 days ago

Awesome hike! Started at the chestnut lead trailhead and hiked down to the river trail. The river crossings are a lot of fun but make sure you have sturdy shoes and two hiking poles. There are multiple crossings! And as a FYI the hike back up the chestnut lead trail is a killer - basically straight uphill for two miles. But overall an amazing hike!

Rode a 14.2 mile route option. Roughly 6 mile climb to summit and alternating downhills and some climbs for the return. Beautiful creeks and falls along 224A and 77A trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Not the most scenic route until you get to the end but good exercise. Overall I think it rates easy but there are a few elevation changes that are some work. I did it in under three hours with a 20 minute lunch break and some water/picture breaks. I would recommend having a walking stick or grabbing one from the trail, mine saved me from walking through at least three banana spider webs! Much of the first mile is a sandy creek bed so be aware it’ll be wet, especially after it rains.

hiking
1 month ago

The sweet lady at the ranger station informed me that I would take over 4 hours to do this trail. I absolutely surprised her when I was done in 2.5 but I did also hike the trail backwards. even on a dry day it will be super wet and certain areas. you actually end up walking in part of a very shallow creek. it was very enjoyable majority of it is wooded but for about 1 mile is very scenic.

Narrow dirt trail through the woods, watch out for mountain bikers! You will need to make sure you are going the opposite direction and step off the trail to let them pass. Great moderate hike!

It’s a trail by a river and miles of it, it’s alright.

hiking
2 months ago

Been walking this trail since I was a kid. The back end of the trail really needs some clean up from downed trees. But I would recommend this to anyone. It’s worth the 5$ parking :)

hiking
2 months ago

The trailhead was a little tricky to find, maybe because my directions left out the final turn onto Blackhawk road, new map got us there. Blackhawk is a rutted dirt road with several berms added for erosion. There is a creek crossing suitable for a car, and another that requires a 4x4. We parked our car just before the second crossing and walked in. After crossing the creek take the right fork in the road. Trail head is a logging road across Curtis Creek.. First couple miles follows the logging road, mostly sticking by the creek. Last section follows many smaller falls up to the main falls and around to the top. Very nice falls. Lots of slippery steep trail to get you dirty at the climbing portion of the trail. Very nice! We took our time, hung out, were in and out in 3.5 hours. Could be done much quicker. Several creek crossings, feet will get wet.

Beautiful. Loved the views. Multiple snack encounters. Each with copperheads and very large rattle snack. Otherwise lovely!! Haha!

not a bad trail but not well marked. If you cross the creek you are on the other side which is 4+ mile loop.

trail running
2 months ago

had Friday morning off work and had it to myself. it was hilly and challenging if you run all the hills. I also thought it was well marked. Seen markers every 1/10 of a mile. They climb up to 57 at the complete loop.

there are more bike trails than walking but I have fully explored all but two which are bike only paths. tons of great views and easy to navigate. my favorite park so far

hiking
2 months ago

This trail seems better suited to cyclists than hikers. It's very narrow in parts and I was constantly stopping to let cyclists pass. The trail was not very well marked in places. Also not much to see but the very occasional peek of lanier through the trees.

half of the trail is on graveled road which is not fun to walk on. a portion had had a recent burn and was grown up with weeds. and there was no waterfall on the red trail which is the one marked on the map. do not recommend.

beautiful hike! map was a little confusing especially the yellow Trail but it was all good.

I did lower half of the trail it was challenging but fun. I got lost few times and water was little higher then I expected.

trail running
3 months ago

A great trail run! Pretty flat, beware with large groups, this is a mountain biking path first!

mountain biking
3 months ago

Muddy. Good shorty/mid workout.

Poorly marked. Roads are rock:gravel. Miserable experience.

Trail can be hard to find! Like everyone says I recommend a truck or 4 wheel drive to get through two creeks. Trail has a lot of fallen trees but overall easy to follow until you get near the waterfall. Follow the orange thumbtacks! We went a little off trail and ended up on top of some copper heads

Fun trail, dogs on a leash but some people don’t follow that rule.

Great trail for hiking.

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