hiking
2 days ago

Trails are not marked well. So many people take "shortcuts", it's hard to tell how to go. I got 5.6 miles round trip, not 4.2. Road isn't in the best shape either, might be difficult for a low car.

hiking
4 days ago

I love this hike. We’ve done it several times. Slightly strenuous climb but worth it. Was SO sad to see the graffiti on the rocks on the way up. If I knew how to remove red spray paint from the rock face I would. Aside from that, it was a gorgeous day for a hike. And super crowded!

hiking
rocky
4 days ago

We just finished hiking the trail. It was a great day for hiking. I guess everyone else thought so too. It was pretty busy today. Wonderful mostly shady trail. It gets technical at some points. We were hiking with out 100 lb. lab. Smaller dogs might need some help in some areas. We are avid hikers and would rate this as a moderately difficult trail. Several areas to take photos over the water. The falls at the end are beautiful and worth the hike. I would think it would be difficult with small children.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
scramble
4 days ago

It is a great trail will definitely do it again. IT is not for the everyone. There are lots of blow downs for the second half of the trail. Bush wacked the second half of the trail. You will most definitely get a good workout.

hiking
blowdown
4 days ago

It’s a beautiful area with a reasonably smooth road in starting from the north. Only downside is that there are constant blow downs. Couldn’t imagine doing this entire trail with a full pack. Day pack and 5 mile round trip was challenging and time consuming for someone in excellent physical condition. I still recommend checking it out, but manage your ambitions and find a nice spot to hang out and enjoy the ambiance. First mile and a half are relatively easy until the first river crossing. Avoid this trail if there’s been heavy rain recently.

hiking
4 days ago

The quick elevation gain is the worst part, but the view from the top is so worth the workout! Pretty steep in a few places and there’s a couple rock scrambles. It’s a great hike but always crowded.

A large amount of poison ivy along the trail, but a good workout without much steep incline. Over five miles from the parking lot to the point when the trail first hits the Chattooga.

Fun trail, not quite sure if this is the same as the one to Neels Gap as it went right there, rocky, muddy in couple spots as rained the day before but mostly dry. Couple small trickle springs. And some beautiful views at the first mile in and cool camping spots. Lots of flowers and blackberry plants so probably snacking in July/Aug unless bears get em first.

(Open & busy as of 5/30): Really great trail until you reach the falls!! Mostly wooded & follows the creek with some more technical/rooty parts to be aware of. If you choose to follow the map and continue past the falls, the trail becomes really overgrown and harder for follow - we tried to follow for about 30 more minutes but turned around because it was a lot of climbing over trees & rough pathfinding. I’d certainly recommend going to the falls and maybe as far along past it as you feel comfortable with!

Except for the “road” that took us to the parking spot at the start, conditions were great. Weather perfect. Trail well maintained. There was another way in to the parking spot that I would suggest anyone that doesn’t have a high vehicle with 4 wheel drive use. There are also other parking lots around Springer and the Benton MacKaye trail that would put you in the area.

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 days ago

We hiked this trail on May 28. It is very nice. It has a lot of great views and the falls are well worth the trek. Parts of it are difficult and require careful stepping. You cross the water two times just on fallen logs and/or rocks. Most of it is narrow as well. We took our dog and a few parts were a little tricky for him. We had a big group of four adults, four teenage boys, and two girls ages 9 and 10. Everyone loved the hike and no complaining until close to the end. Well worth it!

It says on the website that it has reopened as of May 22nd. Going there on Sunday so will find out. Fingers crossed

hiking
blowdown
over grown
6 days ago

Lots of blowdown, some crossings thigh to waist deep. Gorgeous scenery. Challenging terrain. Only saw one blaze the whole time, mainly unmarked trail. Lost the trail where 4 downed trees were stacked on top of each other, barricading the trail, somewhere right before the Conasauga River gets fatter on the map. Maybe a mile or so from that point. Made it around the downed tree barricade, but found no discernible trail. Bushwhacked along steep graded embankment next to large dark caves that looked like a great apartment complex for bears. Lots of claw marks on surrounding trees. Didn’t see any bears, though. Hiked/skidded down the embankment to the river’s edge to try to hike along the rocks, scrambled boulders for another ⅛ mile, boulders kept getting bigger, water getting deeper. Turned back after careful risk assessment. Maybe we were supposed to cross the river there? Not sure. Back-tracked to known campsite and called it a night. Know when to hold em and know when to fold em. Incredible wilderness journey that I will do again and try to find the right way. Not for people who like a nice, maintained, mulched trail. Climbing, scrambling, crouching, ducking, even crawling required. Swimming possible if you’re not careful. Downed trees and widowmakers everywhere. Bring a saw, you might need it. Water shoes are a must-have, unless you want to commit to hiking in wet boots the whole time. My Salomon Amphibian Swift 2’s performed well. Feet didn’t like being wet for hours, but not significantly damaged. Just sore.

hiking
7 days ago

Completed solo in 51 hours going CCW from Woody Gap with 8lbs pack, 5 lbs food, and 3L water capacity. DRT/BMT sections are strenuous and overgrown, water is scarce off of AT. Didn't see another hiker off of the AT. Ran into black bears and snakes. Perfect conditions. Day 1 3pm-7pm, 12 miles from Woody Gap to Wildcat Knob Day 2 7am-7pm, 24 miles from Wildcat Knob to Toccoa River swinging bridge (excellent camp) Day 3 7:30am-6pm, 24 miles from Taccoa River to Woody Gap I don't recommend this hike for inexperienced backpackers but the solitude and dramatic ridge line makes a fantastic challenge.

hiking
7 days ago

Has this trail opened ? It’s 5/28.

backpacking
9 days ago

Does this trail offer primitive camping along the river side? If so is it suggested?

hiking
9 days ago

Awesome trail. Pretty steep in some places and an early morning rain made some footing tricky.All in all well worth the time and view at the top was awesome.

backpacking
blowdown
muddy
washed out
9 days ago

ok, we hike 10 miles + nearly everyweekend, and hike a nearby trail several times a week. This trail although absolutely breathtaking, was an absolute bitc#. The river crossings are a ton, deep, and often very fast moving on very slippery rocks. I know sounds like a cop out, that's what I thought of other reviews! The blowdowns are everywhere, which I normally enjoy them, however its constant, the trail is completely blocked and you have to find it again, which although doable slows you down immensely. we were averaging 1 mph! I have a garmin GPS watch and my boyfriend has giia running the whole time and we both tracked way more miles then stated here. If you go be prepared for a tough few days!

Is the trail reopened yet ?

Only did about 3 miles in to the Chattahoochee Trail (which is brutal). Not really any great views from this trail, but it did have a few camping spots. No water sources that I saw.

hiking
10 days ago

Always love this hike. Strenuous but worth it once you get to the top.

hiking
10 days ago

Great views. Little harder with two small dogs but they are champs!

hiking
11 days ago

A trail with very nice reward views at and near the top. As others have said it has some steep sections to get your heart pumping. It can get a bit busy but all in all a nice hike.

backpacking
blowdown
over grown
11 days ago

My brother and I did an overnight on this trail. We hiked from Hwy 76 to Dicks Creek Falls before hiking out on the Bartram Trail to Warwoman Dell. As other reviews have mentioned, there was some poison ivy along the trail, so watch out for that. The trail was nice and fairly open for the first 4 or 5 miles, but there was quite a bit of vegetation and down trees after that. At times, the vegetation was so overgrown that I had to check the GPS to make sure we had not gone off trail. The trail crosses a water source at least every two miles, so there are plenty of locations to filter water. There are also wooden bridges at every water crossing, but they can be quite slick when wet. With stopping almost an hour for lunch, it took us 7 hours to get to Dicks Creek Falls. We found a nice little beach spot on the river to camp just past Dicks Creek Falls. Not a ton of spots to camp in that area, so make sure you arrive early enough to keep hiking up the trail if camp spots are taken. We have Verizon and had no cell service at the bridge or anywhere along this trail, but we did catch a good signal about 20min up the Bartram Trail. I’d love to come back and hike the other half of this trail, but I’ll probably wait until winter when there’s less vegetation.

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