Awesome trail with a more than worth it view at the top. Steep at first then isn’t too bad. Great hike for dogs. Bring lots of water. Fairly busy foot traffic mid day

I did this yesterday (5/31/2020) with a friend. So far the best hike I have done in GA! The first parking lot was full but we drove just a bit farther to the 2nd parking lot. We were confused first on where to start so we initially took the green blazed trail from the 2nd parking lot and found a waterfall may after about a ¼ mile in. It didn't seem safe to continue past that waterfall so we walked back to the 2nd parking lot, then walked back to the 1st parking lot. From the 1st parking lot, we took the yellow blazed trail (Bartram trail), crossed the warwoman rd in less than .2 miles to continue on bartram trail, walking along Becky branch creek to Becky branch falls by a bridge. Right after the falls, we took a left to continue on the yellow blazed bartram trail to the cascading beautiful Martin creek falls. From there we continued on Bartram trail to a trail intersection. We took a left there towards the green blazed Pinnacle knob trail. It ended up to the open overlook. There is a campground behind the rocks. We went down a few steps past the first overlook and found another spot which had much open better views

Good trail with areas of moderate elevation. Then flat areas to recover. Mild to moderate. Wooded and no real view while the leaves are on the trees. There is an old portion of the trail at top that takes you to majestic view of the lake through the trees ( best in the fall) but the trail after that basically ends. Looks like the old upper trail that is no longer maintained. When going to Lake and you come around a new house construction, you will come to gravel road/driveway. Cross and to left pick trail up again. Then one more time you will hit a road. Cross and to the left of the private house driveway you will pick up the trail again. Well marked for this one. Once pass these houses - with friendly but loud barking dogs - you will be back into the tranquil woods to the lake. No great view but a couple of creek crossings.

Lush green trail with a good incline. Several waterfalls and a killer view on the top make it worth it. Several campsites along the way as well. Moderately crowded, but not bad considering it was a holiday weekend. Muddy from recent rains and several shallow creek crossings.

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bugs
rocky
8 days ago

This trail was great for a short hike! We were literally the only people there, and our dog loved it. Mostly flat/little incline, but does have some spots with rock and medium-ish incline. It had a clear path but the edges were definitely overgrown. Tons of shade and a great view!

Parked at Warwoman Dell - hiked around 4.5 miles to the top of Pinnacle Knob. Camped at the top, beautiful campsite. No water at the top so you have to pack that but an amazing campsite to take in the sunrise and sunset.

Definitely a hard trail, with the 18 river crossings (where the water passes your knees) and many fallen trees in the trail. It was a gradual uphill hike for all of Penitentiary Trail. We started on Jack's River, hiked through Penitentiary Trail to Benton McKay, and ended on Hemp Top. Parts of the trail are blazed, but we used a map and compared our location using Google's GPS. Speaking of maps, Google does not show Jack's road (which connects Watson Road with Forest Service Road 22-2) on their map, so rely on your location dot in that area.

hiking
9 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this trail. It’s completely in shade. It’s a little bit boring on the views but nice creeks a small bridge to relax and have lunch.

hiking
10 days ago

Great trial

hiking
over grown
10 days ago

We were here during COVID-19 and was one of the few trails on Federal land that we could find open and we only saw one couple traversing the AT heading north. This trail provided a few nice overlooks and some colorful Rhododendrons and other flowering plants. We ventured a little further to the fresh water springs to refill our water bottles.

hiking
16 days ago

Easy trail. Easy to follow. No views or vistas. Fully shaded. A easy couple of stream crossings.

Beautiful 180 degree view from the summit of Pinnacle Knob!

backpacking
blowdown
17 days ago

Hikers and bikers both on trail.

hiking
18 days ago

Nice relaxing trail. We enjoyed it very much.

Heads up that access point #3 listed in these directions is 17 miles one way from Pinnacle knob.

Very well kept and enjoyable trail. Not as hard as the rating suggests. We went from pocket road about ten miles, spent the night, and came back out the same way. Couple places to get water around 5-7 miles but didn’t see much else before or after.

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blowdown
flooded
22 days ago

Nice trail and pretty tame minus 2 areas of steep incline. LOTS of water crossings. I was able to find my way across most of the creek crossing by tight rope walking downed trees or finding enough shallow rocks. 2 crossings required shoes off and pants rolled way up. the second actually got my pants a little wet. maybe upper thigh depth. it's a very pretty area and rather remote. I suggest writing your driving directions out because you will most likely not have cell service and it's easy to take a wrong turn. I saw 3 camping spots all pretty and near water. i would recommend this to anyone. if your not a seasoned backpacker dont do this one alone. it's rather remote

fun, camped at the top. beautiful view. very windy and cold up top

beautiful loop trail. lots of streams.

Great trail for hiking, running and training. Challenging, gradual elevation changes with plenty of spots to make up time, if you are running for pace, chose shoes that will protect your feet from rocky terrain. Enjoy!

Great trail with beautiful views! 1.25 climb then evens out nicely. Quite a few people out for Mother’s Day.

hiking
23 days ago

A very nice and simple hike. Lots of leaves and some steep areas so watch for snakes.

on Bartram Trail to Pinnacle Knob

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike, but I definitely didn't clock 9 miles. Started from the dell. Follow the bright green blazes and you'll be fine. The trail joins with another that has yellow blazes. This is the Bartram Trail. Use the camp grounds and waterfalls as land markers. Take a sharp right at the second camp ground. I got a little confused by this. Be prepared for some incline.

hiking
24 days ago

We did this trail on mothers day...It is NOT closed. The trail was terrific

Great Hike, good for the pup. Uphill the first mile and a half, several great spots to catch some beautiful views. Highly Recommend for a moderate rated hike

Very Nice trail. Starts steep and windy, levels out after a mile then has some ups and downs. Great views in a couple of places

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