Black Rock Mountain State Park, named for its sheer cliffs of dark-colored biotite gneiss, encompasses some of the most outstanding country in Georgias Blue Ridge Mountains. Located astride the Eastern Continental Divide at an altitude of 3,640 feet, Black Rock Mountain is the highest state park in Georgia. Numerous scenic overlooks provide spectacular 80-mile vistas of the Southern Appalachians, and several hiking trails lead visitors past wildflowers, cascading streams, small waterfalls and lush forests. The summit visitor center and picnic tables are popular with travelers in northeast Georgia. Nearby are Tallulah Gorge State Park, Moccasin Creek State Park, and the town of Clayton with art galleries, restaurants and shops. Rental cottages with mountain views and a modern campground make this a great mountain getaway. Tent campers can even choose from more secluded "walk-in" sites or primitive backpacking sites. Campers with RVs should be aware that the park entrance includes a two-mile climb with a 10% grade, and the campground has a number of tight turns. Most camping rigs exceeding 25 feet are not recommended. Due to the incline and the high elevation, the park may close during periods of icy weather.

Nice moderate trail with a rewarding observation point and walk along the ridge. Recommend rounding the loop counter clockwise to enjoy the overlook toward the end and go DOWN the steeper hill rather than up it!

6 days ago

Nice easy trail with a couple of easy-mod sections. Nice ridge hike with lovely view at the top of a pretty valley and the mountains. Took us 1 hour 20 min hiking at a leisurely pace.

13 days ago

The leaves had completely turned so that was a beautiful sight. There was a long uphill section that gave my mom some trouble but most of the trail was more on the “easy” side. The view at the top was great, despite some fog. I’d like to come back in the spring and see the wildflowers.

Counterclockwise is easy. Great view, not super rocky/rooty.

Did a portion of the trail from the lake to the lookout. It was hard a lot of fallen trees to climb over and we lost the trail for a couple of times. Lookout was disappointing but we made it.

20 days ago

27 days ago

Go left at the fork for a more challenging hike, right at the fork for a, still challenging, but slightly less steep inclines. Wonderful trail, light traffic, beautiful scenery.

The "overlook" was overlooking a shipping facility. Kind of lame after walking for so long, but the trail was clean and very beautiful.

Great hike with nice views. The leaves are just beginning to bring color.