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

Located on 72,000-acre Clarks Hill Lake near Augusta, this park is known as one of the finest bass fishing spots in the nation. During the summer, guests can cool down at the beach or on miles of shaded nature trails. A wildlife observation area is available. The park has 10 fully equipped cottages on the lake, five of which are log cabins. The campground is situated on a peninsula, offering spectacular views of both sunset and sunrise over the open water. A one-room camper cabin faces the lake, offering a porch with rocking chairs, electricity, four bed platforms, a grill, picnic table and water spigot.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
6 days ago

This trail was a bit hard to follow in the beginning, but if you check with your phone it's easy to figure it out. We did get a bit yet, but nothing crazy. Was a good amount of ups and downs. We saw lots of frogs, turtles, interesting mushrooms and but rocks. So much fun with the few water crossings. Definitely more bugs in the more wooded areas. And one spot in particular was over grown with thorny vines. Our poor 6 year old got scraped up trying to get through them.

hiking
1 month ago

This will forever be my favorite trail to hike! So many creek crossings, and I love that! My dogs did too. Be prepared to get wet. It’s a great way to cool off in that Georgia heat! Bring snacks, there are some picnic tables with great views to enjoy. The only part that was somewhat challenging was walking on a steep slope for a while towards the end of the trail.

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bugs
1 month ago

Great until the final Creek crossing. Beware if you don't want to get wet. As previous reviewer stated, no way across without wading in, at least up to knees. Would be great if there was some type of bridge or help across added. Great hike overall.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail system. Only did the part from the park entrance to Back Country site 1 but this was the first time doing it with gear involved. Was easy to navigate the trail as it was clearly marked and you only needed to look at the way the trail was going to see the path. If you return from BC1 to the main entrance it is easy to get off the trail if you don’t pay attention. You don’t need the trail map they provide you at the entrance to follow the trail as this app has that same information. One thing to watch out for is not just mosquitoes or spiders, but ticks. Easy to have a couple of those hitch on to you and you don’t notice. Will be back in a couple weeks!

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bugs
2 months ago

What a beautiful hike! Inconsistent with a previous review, we found the trail to be exceptionally well-marked and easy to navigate. We saw lots of frogs and other small wildlife. LOTS of bugs in the summer heat, so don’t forget your bug spray! Climbs were short and not particularly strenuous, and except for one small overgrown section, the trail was very well maintained. Several fun creek crossings, including one with no choice but to wade in, so plan accordingly. We look forward to returning to hike this trail again in the fall.

I stopped by this wonderful State Park to stretch my legs and found this trail. I did not have a lot of time so I took the shortcut which is the Canyon Loop back to the ranger station

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bugs
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

I've got mixed reviews about this place. The trail itself is really nice. I enjoyed running it. Pros: it's shaded and great for trail running and mountain biking. It's unique and challenging. There's great elevation for this part of the state and there's great views of the water. Cons: This was my first time running this trail and I wasn't familiar with it. It's very poorly marked. Starting at the trail head, there was no indication that the trail started there. The trail map from the visitor center did not match the actual trail. I kept getting out the trail map and was still unsure if I was heading in the right direction. There are several places where the trail splits with no markers. Twice I had to turn around because I wasn't sure if I was on the right trail and it turned out I wasn't. Some of the trail markings are blue rectangles painted on trees and some were blue diamonds with white outlining. The good news was after about the 1.5 mile mark, it was significantly easier to follow. My advice would be to stay alert and follow the blue as much as possible. When you get to the splits with no visible blue markers (you will), choose a path and look for blue further down. If you don't see blue, turn around and try the other part. It's also very overgrown in spots. There were stretches where I was running with one hand up to keep the branches from hitting my face. I also recommend to smother yourself in bug spray, there's tons of bugs.

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off trail
rocky
3 months ago

Lots of Spider webs this time of year! We ended up off trial (and alittle lost) but that might just be our fault. Lots of places to sit and rest (benches). A pretty great trial if you in joy long walks in the woods.

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic. Lots of wildlife. Water access pretty consistent. Solitude was superb.

3 months ago

great day hike. will be back.

hiking
muddy
over grown
3 months ago

Great hike. A few areas were over grown but nothing major. There's a few trees down easy to step over. Watch for snakes in warmer weather passed 2 copper heads.

hiking
4 months ago

Great dog-friendly trail with on and off shade. Clear markers throughout. Can’t wait to go back when the river is higher!

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rocky
5 months ago

great hike. beautiful scenery. we even saw a HUGE turkey. Will definitely be back.

hiking
5 months ago

Great Presidents Day Hike

7 months ago

overall very fast trail to run at one point ur ankles are tested pretty good as there is no level ground for 100 yds and it is shy of 6 miles not 6.5 if leaving from parking lot wet shoes will happen

A nice easy trail with plenty of blazes so we didn't worry about getting off the trail. The markers pointing towards the direction of each trail were ready to reas. The trail had some pretty narrow places which made spider-web-dodging slightly difficult.

hiking
Monday, June 04, 2018

every Trail in mistletoe is amazing this one is a fairly easy trail with great views for early morning hike

backpacking
Saturday, June 02, 2018

if you're looking for something challenging yet fun and beautiful this is the trail for you and ends up being about six and a half miles so make sure you have plenty of time in your day couple bottles of water and a couple snacks I ran into a lot of Wildlife so be mindful of the woods and watch your steps

hiking
Sunday, April 01, 2018

Great hike! I did this trail on my birthday and it was my best gift. I repeated the loop twice and ended up doing 12 miles that day! It’s great to see the trail from both visial perspectives. Great for dogs and the trail is appropriately marked, however, don’t leave without the map if you’re not familiarized with the trail, you might end up looping endlessly. Anyways, can’t wait to go back!

hiking
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Very nice walk, pretty scenery and nice creek view!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

One of my favorite trails close to home! Wasn’t extremely difficult (I am a beginner) and many beautiful streams to cross over!

on Rock Dam Trail

hiking
Saturday, March 03, 2018

Well marked nice trail. Due to length and some steep sections and unmaintained stream crossings, I would not recommend it for a beginner, but it's a good hike.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Really well marked, be aware if it’s rained recently you’re going to get wet shoes stepping across creeks. And yes, if you are pressed for time like I was, there is an unofficial trail down the second creek, so you can clip off the last loop of the trail if you need to. Although I was really glad not snake season quite yet! Fyi, you do have to walk down Cliatt to get to the start of this trail.

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