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Bartram Trail to Pinnacle Knob is a 9 mile heavily 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.

Length 9.0 mi Elevation gain 1,732 ft Route type Out & Back

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Getting There

Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism, P.O. Box 1776, 285 Peachtree Center Avenue NE , Atlanta, GA, 30301, Phone: 404-656-3590

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.

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Brad Mencher
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Hiking

Wonderful hike. Get here early as the top of Pinnacle Knob was crowded by 10:30am. The views from the top were the best we’ve seen in GA - well worth the uphill climb! When you get to the campground, stay to the left of the stream. The trail seems to be blazed both ways, but the trail to the top continues left and up. We initially went to the right, but the AllTrails app alerted us that we were going the wrong way. Thanks!

Andrew Grant
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Hiking

Great trail for a moderate day hike. Plenty of shade, great view at the end from Pinnacle Knob. A few blow downs but nothing unmanageable. Inclines aren’t bad at all.

Vincci Wong
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Hiking

Great trail! Very easy to follow as the trail has been well maintained. The view at the top is amazing and worth the 5 miles to get there. There are several rocks to sit at at the top. Good place to eat your lunch there! There are also lots of camping spots along the way. There is some uphill between mile 2-4 but nothing an avg hiker can’t do. And there are a few waterfalls along the hike.

Dwight Hunsberger
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Hiking

One of the best in Ga. Challenging 2 mi. up hill to Pinnacle. Be sure to make a left at 3 mi. to see the great overlook. Nice down hill back. FOUND LOST LAB PUP AT TOP. FOLLOWED US DOWN. A COUPLE FROM BATON ROUGE, TOOK HIM BACK TO DILLARD HOUSE. CALL THEM.

Sheree Kimes
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Hiking

Could not find Springhouse part of the Trail on the list but this heads to the Tennessee Rock Trail from the campground

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Lili Moldovan
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The views at the top are amazing. We did the hike with a 6y and 11y and it was a little intense. But overall well worthed.

Phellie Ty
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Hiking

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

Jessica Hudes
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HikingMuddy

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.

Brent Hildebrand
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Camping

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.

Kendall Smith
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Hiking

Beautiful 180 degree view from the summit of Pinnacle Knob!

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Andrew Elrod
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MAXWELL NEWFIELD
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Hiking

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

drew tanner
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Backpacking

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

Derrick-Robert F.
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Hiking

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.

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Cameron Duke
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Hiking

Great hike! Long but worth it. Beautiful this time of year

Mike Trimble
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Hiking

I was able to hike this trail yesterday (May 1st 2020) and encountered only six other hikers, and no one other than me on the summit for the 30+ minutes I was there. The trails is in great condition, with some very recent cutting done to blow down.

john k.
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Backpacking

Beautiful trail and not much traffic.

Steph Miller
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Hiking

I did part of Bartram from the Dell to the campsites, 2 miles in. Trail is relatively clear, but be sure you know what you're getting yourself in to. You gain alot of elevation in the beginning and then spend the next 2 miles walking downhill. The climb back out is kinda rough. This trail is open during "SIP", as far as I know. I ran into a family camping and two groups of teens hiking out .

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Melanie Adams
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Hiking

Clear trail with nice elevation change.

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Hector 'Tico' Calzada
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Hiking

Great trail. Some human traffic however really liked the trail. Steady climb at the beginning. Can be a bit taxing before the flats along the creek. Then continue to climb before hanging a left towards Pinnacle Knob. Come up on Pinnacle Knob as you round a corner past a couple of impressive rock overhangs. Impressive as you view the mountains to the northwest. The descent can be a bit difficult but rewarding given the effort put in to ascend. Upon returning to the beginning of the trail I proceeded South on Bertram Trail approximately a mile to a mile and a half. Rewarding but not quite the same. The Pinnacle Knob trail has several water features towards the front end before you then focus on the main climb.

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Drew Barnard
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Hiking

Great trail. Well maintained. The waterfalls and creeks make this trail! Unfortunately it was overcast and drizzling at the summit but the views were still fantastic.

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Michelle Newell
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Tried this a few weeks ago and couldn't get to the top... ran out of steam and daylight. We did about 8 miles, probably less than 1/4 of a mile from the first green marker. Yesterday, we started closer to the knob and went via Courthouse Gap... 3.8 miles round trip. Such a view!!!

Philip Mellor
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Hiking

Beautiful trail with one of the best reasons to hike - an amazing view at the top! Wonderful rock face looking north and one off to west where you see the metropolis Clayton a few miles away. This would be a good sunset hike as the trail is relatively easy and would be with headlights on the way down.

Brad Whitcomb
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Hiking

First decent hike since Christmas. Gave me a chance to try out the new apple 5 watch. Apple Watch AllTrails Distance 9.34 miles 9.2 miles Elev. Gain 2,021 feet 1798 feet Trail was in good condition. A couple blowdowns on the trail but were easily traversed. Passed 15 or so other hikers and 4 dogs. Great views from the top overlook. Some ice present but nothing dangerous.

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Brooke Spencer
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jeanine post
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Hiking

The inclines on this trail were challenging for me but I felt so good when I finally reached the summit. Beautiful waterfalls and trickling brooks along the way! A few downed trees across the path made it necessary to climb over or under but nothing too hard.

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Matthew Hatcher
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HikingBlowdown

Great hike. Not too crowded Pretty waterfalls/ Creek crossings Nice view from the top.

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stephaine miller
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HikingBlowdownWashed out

storms came through and knocked alot of trees down on the west side that me and my daughter tried to go up made it with 3 miles to spare but it was winter solstice with not much light left. very beautiful amazing views definitely gonna finish this on our next visit!

Cindy Ciaccio
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I love this trail. It has a little bit of everything. Definitely more than 8 miles round-trip more like 9.5.

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