Explore the most popular trails in Burnt Mountain Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Loop trail that begins downhill to a beautiful waterfall. Hike out is steep but maybe 0.7 mile is uphill. Wear long pants - poison sumac along with other plants and grasses on either side.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Descends down down down....rocky and slippery after recent rain, but well maintained. Definitely a loop trail, pretty water feature and creek at the bottom (don’t know if I’d call it a “waterfall” since I’ve seen a lot of them...) And , yes, what goes down must come up! Overall ver good short morning hike. But a great cardio workout ;)

The hike is is fairly easy with some steep elevation changes going down. The creek and small waterfall are really pretty. Got out into the creek to walk around and cool off. The climb out is where you get the hard rating. It is a steep climb out but gi es you a great workout.

Starting out it’s all downhill. At about 1.3 miles in you should come to a small cascading water fall. Aside from that there is little to see on this hike. Keep in mind what goes down must come up. There were points on the ascent that I saw why it was rated Hard. I was wearing a 20 lb Ruck which always makes it more challenging. Overall I would rate the trail a Moderate +

hiking
bugs
over grown
3 months ago

Gave this trail another go (it’s May... last time I hiked it, it was February). Still super challenging... duh. It’s extremely grown up right now. Just warning anyone in the event they want to go this summer!

hiking
4 months ago

Large elevation change. Beautiful stream with small water fall like feature. Straight down hill all the way, switchbacks on the way up if you follow the sign/triple blazes. Apple health says 51 floors.

hiking
4 months ago

A nice quick trail. Takes about 30 mins to do the Preserve trail. The last few mins are straight uphill and a good workout. I can see it being pretty narrow in the summertime when the vegetation is grown out.

Loved this trail, a bit strenuous coming out. I usually only do trails rated moderate or easy and this was somewhat of a challenge but I didn’t overdo. I also appreciate that it is well marked along the trail. The creek is lovely and I’m looking forward to hiking again as I’m sure the forest will be full of wildflowers the spring and summer.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

Went on a rainy day so expected some mud. Overall trail is in good condition ( only two trees to hop over). Great segment along creek with a few waterfalls before the grueling climb at the end. Will do it again!

I hike semi-frequently, but usually choose 5+ mile hikes. Didn’t have much free time today, so I chose to fit this one in. ABSOLUTELY loved it but also ABSOLUTELY kicked my tail. Possibly the steepest and most exhausting trail I’ve ever hiked, especially considering how short it is! My GPS read 2.2 miles, so that is spot on. Brought my dog, which ended up pulling me down the mountain and back up, but that made it a little more difficult. Awesome hike. Will definitely do again.. after my lungs heal from today!

this trail is close to my house, so the convenience is nice. Decent hike. Half of it is uphill - just a warning!

trail running
7 months ago

Did this trail on a foggy Saturday morning in January, just before a front moved in. The trail interweaves with an old Forest road and is best described as an intense descent down to a beautiful creek followed by an equally strenuous climb back to the parking lot. There were numerous blow downs...nothing you couldn't easily go over or around but this trail could use a little chainsaw work to clear the path. We will absolutely be going back to this hidden gem of a trail

Trail takes you in a loop which goes way down to a nice creek and then way back up to the parking area. We were there when all the leaves had fallen which gave views of a lake in the distance. Like all parts of North Georgia, lots of trees and I suspect, no scenic views in the summer. If you like a good workout and just being out in nature, this fits the bill. Optional loops to lengthen the hike. If hiking on the weekend and have extra time, swing by the town of Talking Rock for antiquing. Also 1 or 2 wineries in the area. Town of Jasper is also close with some good restaurant choices.

This Trail is generally steep and somewhat technical. It has three loops. one is easy, one is medium and one is definitely the most challenging. The trail needs a little bit of repair work. The leaves were thick when I was there and several trees had fallen in the trail. The Trail is easy to get to by car with the trailhead being right off the road. it also offers some very nice views. I mostly hiked the intermediate trail and you can get a great workout if you try to do it fast.

Still has some development needed. Does not look highly trafficked as the winter leaves are thick. Wet leaves make for slips and myself and a friend both slipped shortly after the Champion loop breaks away so we doubled back. A recent wind storm dropped many trees on the path so volunteer work is needed to clear the trail in places. Could use a little gravel in places. It will be a nice workout trail one day and there is a great view in winter.

Great Hike. Champion trail is very steep. Not for beginner hikers....

hiking
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Loved it but This. Was. Hard. I don’t hike often so that was part of it but the trail down to the creek is steep and can be treacherous. The hike back up from the creek felt like it was straight up... I had to stop in several places. It’s only a little over 2 miles long but If you don’t like strenuous trails then you will NOT like this trail. Other than that...Really pretty hike and the creek down at the bottom is awesome! (Oh yeah.. and make sure you have bug spray! 100% deet worked great. Not a tick on me but there was a family leaving when we got there and the husband had 13 ticks on him! And their dogs were covered too...)

hiking
Monday, July 16, 2018

The previous gentleman was not kidding about the ticks - I have pulled NO LESS than two dozen off my dog and me since yesterday, and that was after repeated coats of bug spray! The trail is not well trafficked and so there are spots that are a bit overgrown, which adds to the charm. I walk with a cane and there are parts that were too narrow to use my cane next to me. This is not a complaint, just be prepared for it. One tree covers the path, but it has been there for a while and is not too much of a challenge to get over. The trail follows a pretty strenuous down, and then up, hill hike in a relatively short period of time. Even my four-legged companion was wiped after this one. The lack of city noise and other hikers make this a top hike in my opinion.

hiking
Saturday, June 30, 2018

I live close to this trail and hike it often. It’s fairly strenuous, but not impossible and gives you a good cardio workout on the way up the mountain. Not the most scenic of hikes, but the creek at the bottom of the loop is nice and relaxing. Also, I have seen snakes, bears, turkeys, and various reptiles along the trail the many times I’ve hiked it. Best time of year to hike is the spring, in my opinion (a lot of spider webs on many summer days, and the leaves on the ground in fall can make the steep parts treacherous). I like this trail a lot, but I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to hike it.

if you take Champion Creek Trail it will definitely wear you out. There are a lot of steep hills. You absolutely must bring bug spray on this route though because it is a tick Metropolis. Drench the bottoms of your pant legs and mist the rest of your body with your hair.

hiking
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Great hike, pretty landscape. Killer climb out... after you go down to the river, the walk out is steep but an amazing workout.

walking
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

did this trail in the summer time in tennis shoes. loved the trail and the elevation is pretty steep.

hiking
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Short walk for the smaller one. Will try the others another time.

hiking
Sunday, February 25, 2018

Trail: Preserve (yellow blazes) Dist: 1.0 mi Duration: well-paced 40 minutes Condition: Good Views: only after leaf drop, Grandview Lake, SharpTop Mtn. Date of visit: 2/24 traffic: light Location: visibly marked, easy to get to, Ga Hwy 136 PARKING: Flat gravel lot for 10-12 vehicles Wildlife: A few birds here and there. Inactive this particular morning. We took our boys—8&6–and it was the perfect distance and duration for the whole family. The trail starts out relatively flat with little gain, but begins to lose elevation quickly when it forks off from the Champion Creek Trail. The elevation lost is regained quickly at the convergence of the Champion Creek Trail near the end. The view of Grandview Lake is only visible when there are no leaves. A little past the halfway point, a small mountain spring provides a cool rest point and place for kids to splash in a few holding pools. After the hike, the Burnt Mtn Overlook is about a mile down the road for impressive views, as is Eagles Rest Park on Mt. Oglethorpe with several viewing decks and trails.

hiking
Sunday, January 28, 2018

I hike a lot and consider myself in decent shape for 50, but the climb out on the Champions trail is difficult. The walk down on the way in is moderate to difficult, it's a steep drop over a slippery trail. Once at the bottom, the waterfall is nice. I would not recommend this for beginners or someone who is not in good physical condition. This is wilderness, there is no way out except to climb the hill, and any kind of a rescue would be hard due to the heavy tree cover.

hiking
Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Lovely hike on a cold and sunny day. Very steep. This would be difficult without trekking poles, with the build-up of leaves on the trail. Beautiful, almost 360 view of the mountains from the crest in the winter. Pretty creek at the bottom.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Loved the variety of mushrooms to photograph when I went a few months ago. Saw a water snake curled up by the creek. it's a bit of uphill work getting from the creek back to the trailhead.

hiking
Monday, November 27, 2017

I've gone hiking maybe three times in my life. My husband picked this trail for my first hike in Georgia. I'm not an outdoorsy person and don't enjoy strenuous hiking but my husband said it would be a nice walk. I thought I was going to die. It's a steep loop down and a steep loop back up. The fallen leaves made it hazardous since it was hard to see the rocks. The scenery was pretty as was the creek at the bottom. Now that I see the difficulty rating, it's definitely not for a new middle-aged hiker like myself.

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