Bartram Trail to Pinnacle Knob

MODERATE 75 reviews

Bartram Trail to Pinnacle Knob is a 8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Clayton, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,732 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Directions from Clayton: There are three access points. 1) Take US Hwy. 411 north 1 mile past Dillard. Turn right onto GA 246 toward Highlands, NC. Continue on GA 246 and 106 for 7 miles, and turn right onto Bald Mountain Road. Continue 2.1 miles, and take County Road 7 for 1.1 miles. 2) Take Warwoman Road ( State Road 884) east from Clayton for 3 miles to the Warwoman Dell Recreation Area. 3) Take US Hwy. 28 toward Walhalla (east) to the bridge at the Georgia/South Carolina line. The parking area is on left of the bridge prior to crossing into South Carolina.

hiking
8 days ago

Great day hike from Warwoman Dell to Pinnacle Knob! We wandered around a little looking for the correct trail head since there are many trails in that area, we found what we were looking for right near the parking area closest to the road. Two beautiful waterfalls on the lower portion of the hike with a couple great campsites and then a nice climb to the top of Pinnacle Knob with a great campsite at the very top. Definitely will be going back to camp!

hiking
8 days ago

Finding the trail from the parking lot took us a little bit because it’s pretty confusing. The hike itself is great and I’m surprised it’s not more popular. Two waterfalls and a nice overlook. There’s at least two campsites, maybe three, that would be great for backpacking.

16 days ago

Fun day trip for the family

hiking
blowdown
16 days ago

Started out early enough to get ahead of the fair weather hikers. Temp was 28 to start & 57 at finish! Stayed on the Bartrum for a little over 9 miles total out & back. Never saw a soul until mile 6.3 on return. Plenty of hikers from the waterfalls back to start. The trail is rustic & well marked. Just the way I like em. Lots of blowdown that would suck with a full pack on a thru hike, but completely manageable with the day pack. 1959 feet of elevation by staying on the Bartrum. Didn’t feel I missed out at all by bypassing the Knob.

backpacking
1 month ago

Tough climb to the top, but overall great hike. Hiked to the summit and then back down to camp near Martin Creek Falls before hiking out the next morning. Only camp sites I saw were 4 or so around Martin Creek Falls and the site at the top which didn't seem very tent friendly, but perfect for hammocks!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful waterfalls, especially after heavy rains.

1 month ago

Agree with the other reviews- this trail is longer than stated in the description, but so worth it! Took us ~4 hours including about a 30 minute rest at the summit. Beautiful falls in the beginning and amazing view from the top. We went in late fall and only saw a few other people- this hike is perfect if you are staying in Clayton.

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty trail. Someone has trimmed the entire trail where it was narrow. TY. Looks great. Waterfalls, creek crossings, bridges, camping spots, Huge pines, views. This trail has it all. From parking at Warman Dell to the top and back was just over 8.6 miles for me. Great Trail.

2 months ago

Unfortunately, we ran out of time and did not make it to the top. This hike is NOT 7.2 miles. It's closer to 9.5 miles round trip. Beautiful waterfalls on the way, just disappointed we didn't reach the knob.

hiking
3 months ago

I LOVE THIS TRAIL. I’m sad it took me so long to find out about it, seriously. This trail has it all! 3 waterfalls, a river, a mountain, an AMAZING lookout.... I loved it so much. The first two miles are fairly easy, then the last two are climbing up to Pinnacle Knob. I really, really enjoyed this hike. I went on a Saturday and maybe saw about 15 people the whole time. I also took my three dogs and they had a great time. Highly recommend this trail! Parking is nice and convenient too. Also a lot of really cool camp spots. Another thing, the trail has been rerouted since it was last updated on here, so it’s definitely more like 4 miles to the top.

3 months ago

Great hike with lots of water features along the way. Steady incline towards the top but with a nice payoff.

hiking
3 months ago

Go in the fall (we went first weekend of November) and you will get an excellent view of black rock mountain and the southern end of the smoky mountains. Nice waterfalls too. Keeping in the list of repeat hikes.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike - trailhead is tough to locate, basically marker between the two parking areas (we parked at Warwoman) marked blue/difficult that takes up up some switchbacks to cross the road. A few waterfalls and through some camping areas. Lot of up and down and flat until you pass the camping area and then it’s a steady up for the last mile and a half. Great views but very windy so we didn’t spend too much time at the top. A solid 8 miles and we did it in just under 4 miles with few breaks.

hiking
3 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike. Not very difficult, but a nice view at the top with a couple nice waterfalls.

hiking
4 months ago

It was a great way spend a Sunday morning/afternoon. Didnt see anyone until about halfway on the way back. The view at the top is as others say...incredible for sure. Trail is a bit tricky to find depending on where you park. Signs arent real helpful.

4 months ago

This is a terrific trail, a steady climb all the way up, but you get too see a couple of cool waterfalls on the way. The view from Pinnacle Knob is well worth the effort. One tip..If you are going to park at Warwoman Dell parking area, the trailhead is not obvious. It is on the right as you drive in, past the first small parking area on the left, ignore all the signs on the left. We and another group of hikers spent some time milling around trying to figure out the misleading signs on the left....

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail, the down trees at the beginning of the trail have been cleared! It was actually about 8.2 miles up to the top and back. Got here at about 8am on a Wednesday morning and never saw another person. The view from the top is amazing!

hiking
5 months ago

At the beginning of the trail. There’s fallen trees blocking the path that needs to get cleared up. Also, getting to the very top, there’s a lot weeds that make it difficult to squeeze up there. You barely see the path. Other than that. It was awesome!

6 months ago

Loved this hike. Passed the trail turn off to the knob for a bit more challenge and came back. Loved everything about it and the description in all trails is pretty accurate. Close to many other great hikes like blood mountain, Toccoa falls and Tallulah gorge

hiking
6 months ago

Right near the beginning of the trail, just on the other side of the road crossing, there is a large fallen tree and a number of smaller chainsawed trees jumbled together. It looks very much like the path is intentionally blocked off, but just climb over/through it. Once you start ascending, the climb is relentless — be prepared for that. It’s not steep, but it continues for over two miles with no break. There are some flat areas off the trail before and after the main waterfall (at about the halfway point) that would make great camping spots, and really are the only spots suitable for tents. There is a fire ring on the summit, and several trees perfect for hanging a hammock — I napped for a couple hours before heading down again. It was a great way to spend the afternoon.

6 months ago

Definitely a bit muddy right now but the waterfalls are amazing and that view at the top is worth the last mile and a half. Be ready to climb over some fallen trees (worst one is at the very beginning). Bring a bunch of water and snacks/lunch. It’s pretty shaded for the most part and some areas look very snakey but I didn’t see any wildlife except birds and lizards. I lost cell service until close to the top so download the map!

hiking
6 months ago

woo! This one kicked my ass. Dad and I took the pup. I'd say the first and last mile are the most difficult. if you're going post rain where some boots with good tread. Bring about 2L water. Stay hydrated. we didn't as much as we should have and we are definitely feeling that today. It is a really pretty hike and if you go mid-Summer, expect to see lots of lush green forest and plenty of mushrooms. There's a pool at the bottom of the falls for the way back to stop and have some lunch and soak your feet. Reviving! The view at the top is beautiful and there are camping spots set in from the view and also near the falls.

hiking
6 months ago

The map is a little out of date, just before the peak there are a number of switchbacks to the south side of the peak, thank God.

7 months ago

This was an awesome hike. There are a couple of waterfalls and even tho the las third of the hike is pretty much just trees, once you get to PK the view is breath taking. I would say pack a bottle of water and a lot of energy... it’s totally worth the sore legs on the next day.

7 months ago

Sweet hike with wonderful waterfalls along the pine bog path with scattered rocks and roots - assent and descents paced along the way - and ditto on Dave’s response below

8 months ago

Not a soul - easy first half - criss crosses river and water falls then the climb up, moderate. Killer views over north and north west ga- some sweet camping spots along the river as well as at the top of the knob - mapped it on the way back though cause it was a little wonky at the knob spur - more like a 8.6 miler total in and out.

backpacking
8 months ago

What an incredible trail! Featuring waterfalls, a beautiful peak, and plenty of wildlife opportunities. I'd have to agree with another reviewer who mentioned this trail as being one of the most beautiful in Ga. Plenty of water sources easily accessible from the trailside. I would recommend staying stocked with water, I went through about 3 liters going up and down. The hike was strenuous at times, but what's a trail without a good challenge?

hiking
10 months ago

Fantastic hike! Challenging. One of the better hikes in Georgia. The Vista is spectacular words nor photographs give it justice. The abundance of water was fantastic for the dogs. I especially enjoyed the pool of cold water which rejuvenated my joints. I expected to see more wildlife. Great hike for solitude. Recommend packing a lunch for this one although Clayton is close enough and has an abundance of restaurants.

10 months ago

Every weekend I do a hike in North Georgia, and this one immediately shot to number one. The early spring wildflowers were in such rare form that I initially thought that the trail had been planted. As stated by others, this trail has something for everyone. The day I hiked this trail, the valleys were filled with fog, and the cascades and waterfalls were gushing. Sun rays were piercing through the early Spring canopy casting cool shadows and ephemeral rainbows. Save one quiet photographer and two small groups of overnighters, amazingly I had the entire area to myself. The trail is narrow, as in no more than necessary for single file walking, which means that disturbance along the path is at a minimum. The route is extremely well marked, and all water crossing of any size are either bridged or well stabilized with stone. The Pinnacle Knob side trail is blazed with green, and immediately cuts a swath through a rhododendron thicket (which is unusual and a little sad but at the same time very unusual in its almost tropical-ness), then skirts back and forth as it works its way gradually to the top. The reward for this effort is a broad vista of large, mountainous expanses of [thankfully] untouched forest land. The USGS benchmark on the top lends a real old school legitimacy to the summit. Timing it right, this would be the perfect private hammock camping site. Glad I suggested it to everyone...

hiking
10 months ago

One of my favorite walks. Has something for everyone. This trail passes two very picturesque waterfalls on the way to an easy to reach summit with fantastic views to the North and over Clayton. Parking is easy and next to a picnic area which is great for the "apres-walk" treat.

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