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    Jamie Waltz completed Fall Branch Falls Trail

    2 months ago

    Jamie Waltz completed Benton MacKaye Trail

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    Jamie Waltz saved Emery Creek Falls

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    Jamie Waltz saved Panther Creek Falls

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    Jamie Waltz saved Hickory Creek Trail

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    Jamie Waltz completed Great Blue Heron Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

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    Jamie Waltz saved Brookgreen Gardens Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Jamie Waltz saved West House Trail

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    Jamie Waltz saved Big Loop Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Jamie Waltz saved Wild Turkey Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Jamie Waltz saved Piedmont Trail

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    Jamie Waltz saved Nathaniel Greene Trail

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    Jamie Waltz saved Owl's Roost Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Jamie Waltz saved Greensboro Trails

    almost 2 years ago

    Jamie Waltz saved Rock Castle Gorge Loop

    almost 2 years ago

    Jamie Waltz completed Cathedral Cove Loop

    almost 2 years ago

    Jamie Waltz saved Cathedral Cove Loop

    almost 2 years ago

    Jamie Waltz completed Tyler State Park Lake Loop Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Jamie Waltz completed Bonham State Park Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Jamie Waltz saved Hamilton Pool Park Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Jamie Waltz completed Hamilton Pool Park Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Jamie Waltz saved Bluff Ridge Primitive Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Jamie Waltz saved Ray Roberts Greenbelt Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Jamie Waltz saved Tuxachanie Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Jamie Waltz saved Clear Springs Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Jamie Waltz saved Choctaw Nation Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Jamie Waltz saved Lake Chicot Loop Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Jamie Waltz saved Wild Azalea Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Jamie Waltz saved Good Water Loop

    about 4 years ago

    Jamie Waltz reviewed Eagle Rock Loop

    about 4 years ago

    I completed this trail with 2 friends at the end of September. The combination of perfect weather, few insects, and excellent trail conditions made for an awesome 3 day hike.

    The Eagle Rock Loop (ERL) consists of parts of 3 trails - Little Missouri Falls, Viles Branch Trail, and Athens-Big Fork Trail. Little Missouri and Viles Branch are relatively moderate hikes with little elevation, but some technical spots. Athens-Big Fork is by far the most difficult section with all of the largest peaks within 7.5 miles. We parked directly in the middle of the Athens-Big Fork trail and went clockwise to hit the 2 largest peaks while we were fresh, saving the last large peaks for the final day. This strategy worked well for us due to the lack of rainfall in previous weeks.

    There were very few people on the trail outside of the recreation areas. We saw maybe 10 hikers outside of those locations, several going counter-clockwise.

    We are hammock campers and this trail is perfectly suited for it. There were many excellent camping spots with fire rings to choose from all near water sources. I would highly recommend sturdy soled shoes as this trail is very rocky and your feet will eventually sore from the jagged terrain. Numerous water crossings were mostly dry with 2-3 exceptions where we switched to flip-flops or water shoes to cross. I would not advise crossing barefoot.

    We observed beautiful vistas with eagles, white tail deer, copperheads, rat snakes, and thousands of mushrooms. Overall this was an excellent trail and I would definitely do it again.