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Moderate trail with pretty views. There are waterfalls and all sorts of things to see! I recommend this trail for sure.

I do not believe, for a 7 mile hike, moderate is fair. I would rate this a difficult hike and it should not be taken lightly. The terrain is roughly 80% rocky and there are parts where you are outright bouldering. Take plenty of water and take your time. It is very hard on dogs as well. We were going to backpack this loop over 2 nights but ran into foul weather so we were going to finish the loop. It was extremely difficult and I did not hydrate enough (to be fair, it was like 100° outside).

On the other hand, this is one of the best maintained trails in Georgia. It has blazes very regularly, there are bridges over washed out spots and creeks. You do cross the mountain stream a couple times by rock hopping, which could be hard in the case of heavy rain.

There are gorgeous, beautiful mountain spring waterfalls. There are amazing views as well. You can take white candle trail at the left ( + .5 mile) instead if beaver pond to see Odie Overlook, it's gorgeous as well.

Just hiked it to cascade falls and back out. 5 miles on the dot the way we went. Great trail with several creek crossings

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Did it counterclockwise. Waterfall and stream section was amazing. Trail is well marked but about a half mile through what appears to be new growth pines is extremely overgrown with briers. The trail at some points is chocked down to the point you almost needed a machete.

Loved the hike- especially the waterfall!

Very well maintained trails thanks to the volunteers and the local boy Boy Scout troop’s Eagle Scout project! Very quiet area and lovely experience! I will be back!
Be sure to bring some bug spray!

hiking
1 month ago

I enjoyed my hike on the red trail (7 Miles). More trail markers for clear directions would have been helpful but the trails were well-defined and good.

If you go past the trail head in the parking lot, there is a road access that turns into a paved access. A lot easier for those needing to use strollers and such.

Great trail!!! was well marked and maintained.

Parts of the first two miles of the trail, hiking clockwise,including the beaver dam trail was an easy hike but somewhat overgrown and in need of some maintenance. The last two miles included several waterfalls and stream crossings which makes for a nice finish. The trail is well marked and easy to find.

One of my favorite moderate hikes in the area. Beautiful changes in ecosystem as you travel through the entire trail. I like to start with the beaver pond and finish with the waterfall section. Go in April and see tons of blooming Mountain Laurels. The waterfall section (up until Wolfden) is fairly busy but I rarely see people after that. You will cross the stream several times via rock and some footbridges. Roots and rocks in the path and the parking area have no bathrooms at the start. Usually takes me around 3 hours at a relaxed pace.

Was a beautiful trail. Well marked with awesome views.

Great training for the Appalachian Trail

Multiple trails for those who want a shorter workout or one less strenuous. One beautiful section travels next to Lake Jordan. Plenty of parking.

Great hike! Easy to find and follow, every other tree has red blaze. on May 22, it was very humid. bring water. saw giant turtle near the creek. several shutouts to CCC along the trail.

Awesome spot. Lots of history, reading, fire tower view is amazing if you aren't afraid of heights. I would not recommend this as easy either. It's short but steep in parts as well as rocky. May be difficult for people that are not sure footed, kids would be fine...lots to climb on.

hiking
3 months ago

Great park for exploring the battle of horseshoe bend. The trails are lovely and the entire park has good signage. You can walk or drive. We stopped in and talked to the ranger who recommended a hybrid walk that was a mix of trail and road it was great.

Only downside was a lack of trash cans. There are some at the visitor center but that was all. Otherwise no complaints. We found the trails very well kept for May. No ticks on us or the dog.

so gorgeous and the right amount of challenge.

good time not a hard trail nice hike...

Fantastic loop! Everything is in bloom right now

hiking
3 months ago

Needs to update directions coming from the North. There is a campground near the trails (Swayback Campground) which allows tent and RV camping for those that want to spend some time on the lake, trails, river.

Lovely trail, especially in the spring when everything is in bloom. The views are well worth the trip. While it is rated 'easy', it is slightly steep in places, can get somewhat narrow in spots and has a few small (but easy) scrambles along the way. The trail is very well maintained.

An alternate route to the fire tower is to go by road. The road is partially paved, and while it does have a gradual incline, it is wide, and very easy to traverse. The road is also a much quicker path to the tower.

Very nice paved, urban path. It’s enjoyable to watch the kayakers on a pretty day. Also great for biking.

Very easy hike. Definitely a good one for little kids to attend. Pretty disinteresting if you are looking for a good hike, but great if you like history.

Not a long trail at all but be prepared to hike an elevation the whole way to the tower. Awesome view from the tower, kids may be afraid of the height.

Fun easy hike for the family! Took us about 2 hours walking at a nice slow pace.

It was a beautiful trail we hiked up with no problem with our four year old. We would have went up the tower if the wind would not have been blowing so hard.

walking
5 months ago

This is a nice urban trail with lots of traffic. I walked out on it and then went inland a few blocks to return through the historic district which had a wonderful diversity of old homes, including Victorian, Craftsman and Art Deco.

There are more routes to explore the trail. I uploaded the trail map photo.

great trail saw a number of birds including yellow trumped warbler and a golden crowned kinglet

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