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I turned my recording on and off as we stopped. I forgot to restart at an overlook and missed 1/2 of the hike. I will leave the recording on from now on.
We took the most difficult road to get to the start. Scary! We drove home Doublehead Gap Rd to 52.
Much better!
The trail was well marked, moderately easy and so beautiful at the end of April. Few hikers were in the trail. 3 stream crossings on Benton Mackaye trail. A good day.

Hike from hog mountain to cow rock mountain. Cool hike as the fog was sticking to the trees.

I started at the top of the falls and made a 9 mile hike to Springer mountain parking lot, where I was picked up. I earned my Appalachian trail right of passage. seeing the first white blaze on Springer was almost a spiritual experience.

1 month ago

great trail and view.would rate it above easy though.

We love this for small children.

I hiked this trail on April 1st with two 11 year olds and one 8 year old. One of the 11 year olds (shorter) and the 8 year old (very short for age) had a little bit difficult of a time getting up to the top but once we got there they were so glad we went! Beautiful view at the top!

Another great section of the AT!

This trail is no longer closed. It was an excellent hike, with waterfalls, creeks, elevation, and views.

Markings for the trail aren’t all that great, but as it follows a river, not too hard to find your way. Generally a nice, quiet trail. Not too busy or difficult, with some pretty nice views of the river.

2 months ago

Angel Falls and the smaller Panther Falls are the hidden gems of this area. Very close to the crowded Minnehaha Falls but with much less traffic. A very easy trail to follow along the creek.

Started at Tesnatee Gap and hiked up to Cowrock Mountain for sunrise this week. Trail was nice and not too difficult in my opinion. Trail was easy to follow even in the dark. The view was beautiful. Easy for dogs.

Such a beautiful waterfall and lots of trails!

The trail hasn't been taken care of from what I could see. Used the recorded trail map given and it was difficult to follow due to no cell service (you have to buy pro to use offline). Got lost a few times due to the lack of upkeep (fallen trees) on the trail and there were multiple pathways from the main trail. There is also a Ranger area that was restricted near the trail. Also, if you're okay with your shoes getting wet or taking off your shoes, you cross the river on this hike. Didn't get to complete the entire trail due to the sun setting and it raining on us halfway. Aside from that, it was beautiful and would definitely go back to clear up the trail and try again.

This morning we parked at Hogpen Gap and started out for the day with cloudy skies and awesome temps. The hike up Wildcat Mt is uphill out of the gate but not a bad climb. The views from the top were not there because of clouds and fog. Steep decline into Tesnatee. Cowrock wasn’t too bad a climb, moderate. The views came and went on the summit depending on how the wind blew the fog. I did manage to get a few good pics. We met some thru-hikers coming back down into Tesnatee Gap. The hike back across Wildcat was pretty tough going up but caught some good views at the top. By the time we were back to Hogpen Gap the skies were clearing so hikers up top during the afternoon probably had better views. Great hike though. 3 hours total and that was not pushing it. Highly recommend this one. Head on down into Helen GA if you’ve never been!!

Great moderate trail. A few vista's. Few sections will get your heart pumping!

I started my hike at Hogpen Gap. Hogpen Gap to Cowrock Mtn.
Since I can’t/couldn’t find a check-in for that, I just used this one. Close enough.
Hiked up from Hogpen and down to Whitley Gap Shelter then back up to Wildcat Mtn down to Tesnatee Gap and then up to Cowrock Mtn.
6.2 miles total.
The trail to Whitley Shelter has a couple amazing views and campsites along the way. The hike down the Shelter is easy, the hike back out and up is not quite so easy. It’s a little bit of a climb.
Hiking up Wildcat from the Shelter Trail was pretty easy, not bad at all. The decent down Wildcat was a breeze to Tesnatee Gap. Climbing up Cowrock Mtn was a little challenging but not bad. It’s a long climb up. The views at the top are stunning! There are three (+) scenic camping spots up there. Two of which are off on a pig trail and need to be looked for to find. I’ll include these in my photos on here.
The descent down Cowrock back to Tesnatee was quick and easy. The climb up Wildcat from Tesnatee... is TOUGH!
Lots of beautiful views to be seen. Giant boulders and rocks along the trail. Snow still laying around. A few icy spots. Several muddy spots. To be expected of course.
Overall GREAT hike! Enjoyed the day SO much.

Solid short easy trail. It’s a decent ascent on the way up, but it’s short and the hike down is super easy. Once you get to the first view keep walking for a hundred yards or so and an even better view opens up on the left side

4 months ago

Beautiful trail! Just when we thought it ended we continued past the first fall and took it all the way up! Loved the organic feel to this location. We were able to squeeze this in after visiting Tallulah and Minnehaha.

Fairly easy trail. Just uphill 90% of the way in. Coming out is a breeze. has a great view from summit. I went on a foggy day and the trail can seem spooky like a Stephen King novel. Paved parking at trailhead.

4 months ago

Um, trailhead on either end is NOT in a residential area. Take Old Guard Camp Road to the T of 92B, turn left, go less than 1/2 mile - there is a small pull off to your left before you start going up hill. The trailhead is on the opposite side of the road, less than a hundred feet down - easy to drive past but hard to miss when walking. Search Georgia WMAs for the line map. It is a point to point. Honestly, I would start at the end I gave directions - several nice waterfalls/shoals along the river, fairly flat. Then it trail goes across a lot of open areas, which in warmer months can be unpleasant. I would not recommend this trail if you have little ones or are afraid of heights bc there are some very narrow spots with steep drop offs. I have done point to point - not any particularly interesting spots to camp. Popular spot for fishing. Seen quite a few deer.

LOTS of trees down since Hurricane Irma in Sept 2017 - I have not hiked it since, but the amount of trees down across the road, I can imagine it would require a lot of clearing. The Sourwood Trail was cleared quickly, but I believe that is bc of the bikers - bring a machete or just be prepared. Can always ask Ranger if trail has been cleared, but the Rangers here I have encountered haven't known much about the trails.

This is NOT in Lake Russell National Recreation Area - it is Lake RUSSELL WMA which is next door to LRNRA. It is dirt roads that can get pretty bumpy, especially after a rain. The roads are not "impassable", I do not have a 4wd but drive slowly. I have seen beat-up subcompacts make it without issues.

great hike for experienced backpacker/hikers. steep ascend to Blue Mountain Shelter, very crowded after 5PM on Sat 11/18. if you're going to that shelter, get an early start in case you want to set camp away from the shelter. it was tough setting my hammock and tarp in the rain after sunset.

We did this trail a few in late November and really enjoyed it. Our kids are 6 and 8 and have grown up hiking and this trail was perfect for them. The waterfalls are pretty. Our dog really enjoyed the water too

12-3-17 Parked at the TrailHead just beyond the DLT campground. Walked passed closed signs and hiked up to the AT then left and headed south to Woody Gap.
No reason for this trail to still be "closed" it was safe smooth sailing all the way to the top. You can definitely see where the blowdowns are but they have been removed from the path of the trail. Plenty of creek/river crossings to get (filtered) water. Beautiful woods for the whole hike. Did a shuttle from point A to B.
If you want to hike this trail, I'd say do it. I went through without any problems.
Happy Hiking!!

Beautiful views closer to Tesnatee gap and three summit camp spots. Some solid uphill climbs that quickly even out so it's not difficult. Would have gotten a full five stars but as other hikers have noted, there's not a water. Two sources closer to tesnatee but pretty disappointing flow.

This is a nice hike. It gets ever steeper as you near the summit and the final pitch is very steep. The views are worth it, though.

We did this Trail, or a good bit of it, in May. It was in the upper 60's, but felt warmer. We were glad we made the stop here.
The hike was just challenging enough for what we were looking for, I would rate it a difficult moderate. There are some great camp sites that we want to check out on our next trip and we have more time. Watch out for snakes around some of the rocky areas. We saw a couple rattlers and a pair of copperheads. We ran into several others on our way, and met some great people. Those couple of ice cold beers we had in a cooler in the truck when we made it to the parking area were a perfect ending.

Hiked with a small group. It was a great hike with a couple of good stopping points with a view. Truly a moderate hike.

Didn’t hike too far in . We were just checking out the area and went in about half a mile or so. Looks like good views as you walk along the flank of the mountain Trail is open. You just have to access it from the campground area instead of the day use area. Just wanted to share.

We ended up doing a 5.5 mile loop that roughly followed this loop. Nice afternoon hike. Interesting drive, via UFS roads to get to parking lot.

Trail still closed from hurricane damage. Went to hike this weekend up to preacher rock. Had to adjust plan but all had great time. Just wanted everyone to know.

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