Burnt Mountain Preserve Trail

MODERATE 45 reviews
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Burnt Mountain Preserve Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jasper, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.1 miles
314 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers


The Burnt Mt. Preserve, a county-owned 900 acre Preserve, begins at the 2,500 foot elevation on the southern border along Rt 136 and extends southward toward Grandview Lake. The land drops off steeply to the south into Champion Creek valley in the bottom land of the Preserve. The Preserve Trail begins at the parking lot and loops through the upper portion of the western section of the Preserve. The trail is rated Moderate. The trail after dropping down through about 150 feet of elevation will then drop another 250 feet. Then it is back uphill to the parking lot.

10 days ago

Great Hike. Champion trail is very steep. Not for beginner hikers....

3 months ago

The previous gentleman was not kidding about the ticks - I have pulled NO LESS than two dozen off my dog and me since yesterday, and that was after repeated coats of bug spray! The trail is not well trafficked and so there are spots that are a bit overgrown, which adds to the charm. I walk with a cane and there are parts that were too narrow to use my cane next to me. This is not a complaint, just be prepared for it. One tree covers the path, but it has been there for a while and is not too much of a challenge to get over. The trail follows a pretty strenuous down, and then up, hill hike in a relatively short period of time. Even my four-legged companion was wiped after this one. The lack of city noise and other hikers make this a top hike in my opinion.

4 months ago

if you take Champion Creek Trail it will definitely wear you out. There are a lot of steep hills. You absolutely must bring bug spray on this route though because it is a tick Metropolis. Drench the bottoms of your pant legs and mist the rest of your body with your hair.

5 months ago

Great hike, pretty landscape. Killer climb out... after you go down to the river, the walk out is steep but an amazing workout.

6 months ago

Short walk for the smaller one. Will try the others another time.

7 months ago

Trail: Preserve (yellow blazes)
Dist: 1.0 mi
Duration: well-paced 40 minutes
Condition: Good
Views: only after leaf drop, Grandview Lake, SharpTop Mtn.
Date of visit: 2/24
traffic: light
Location: visibly marked, easy to get to, Ga Hwy 136
PARKING: Flat gravel lot for 10-12 vehicles
Wildlife: A few birds here and there. Inactive this particular morning.

We took our boys—8&6–and it was the perfect distance and duration for the whole family. The trail starts out relatively flat with little gain, but begins to lose elevation quickly when it forks off from the Champion Creek Trail. The elevation lost is regained quickly at the convergence of the Champion Creek Trail near the end.
The view of Grandview Lake is only visible when there are no leaves. A little past the halfway point, a small mountain spring provides a cool rest point and place for kids to splash in a few holding pools.
After the hike, the Burnt Mtn Overlook is about a mile down the road for impressive views, as is Eagles Rest Park on Mt. Oglethorpe with several viewing decks and trails.

8 months ago

I hike a lot and consider myself in decent shape for 50, but the climb out on the Champions trail is difficult. The walk down on the way in is moderate to difficult, it's a steep drop over a slippery trail. Once at the bottom, the waterfall is nice. I would not recommend this for beginners or someone who is not in good physical condition. This is wilderness, there is no way out except to climb the hill, and any kind of a rescue would be hard due to the heavy tree cover.

11 months ago

Eh... not much to talk about...
It was okay.

11 months ago

Went on the longest trail, was a 2 mile hike. One down and one up. You decline close to 800ft elevation and have to walk right back up. I am overweight and not the best hiker, we go sometimes, but this trail was strenuous to me. I made it though. Would do it again. Recommend you have lots of water. There is fresh water at the bottom of you don’t mind creek water. Lots of rocks and trunks and roots. We loved it. I am sore though haha.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Wasn't terrible. Had a good time but I won't go again unless I go on the longest one that's more difficult because there isn't much to see on the trail I went on which was the moderate one

Monday, August 14, 2017

I'm no expert hiker, but I would call this a pretty rough go. the scenery is beautiful, there is no water in the creeks, and I swear it was uphill both ways. starts off on an incline then you get a little rest and look around and the last part is a booger. We will go back but we're probably going to start on the easy Trail first.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

This is basically plundering around in the woods. The trail is lightly treaded for sure, hard to even see a trail at times. Theres going to be spider webs every 20 yards, be prepared. Creek wasn't really worth it. Saw a bear that was cool. But seriously not worth it.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The white marker trail is more like 3 miles than the advertised 2 miles. Very steep hike on the back half. You'll pay to see the river/creek at the half way point. Moderate/Difficult

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Excellent short hike, especially the steep incline in the last quarter mile helps to get your heart rate up.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

As others have stated, the trail is steep and challenging (perhaps why it's named the champion trail). It takes time to descend to the creek without slipping. If you're not one who frequents inclines, then this could pose a problem. If you're cautious and watching your step then it is no problem. Should you barrel through with the intent of mastering the trail within a half hour then you're not going to have a good time. Be patient, enjoy nature, and challenge yourself - that's what this trail is all about.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Did the champion trail loop. Nice view of surrounding mountains in winter. Can't say peaceful stroll except at the bottom along the creek bed. Steep and slippery in places going down and relentless, heart-pounding climb back up. Steep and leaves make it slippery and hard to see roots or rocks.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

I went and I must say it was steep & the leaves made it very hard.. I thought it was a shorter hike but the champion trail is quite a challenge if ur not in shape.. I made it almost through it but got nerves cause it was getting dark.. there is only marker on 1 side of the tree which I decided to turn back which made it hard to stay on trail .. pls be aware of the champion trail is for very fit ppl

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Leaves make for a slippery downhill on the yellow trail but it's a challenging and pretty hike. I'll be back.

Monday, October 31, 2016

champion trail this morning. Short loop but the last half is challenging. The creek would look amazing if we ever get any rain. Very peaceful. Should have better views when all the foliage falls. Will be back!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

this is a great trail for those who want a peaceful hike with nature as your only company.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Great challenging trail, they aren't kidding when they say it's steep. Although it was overgrown in spots I will be coming back to do it again.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Very nice.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

it was a nice walk trails were a little over grown but please beware we saw a bear while hiking today. oh and bring a lot of water there is no place to fill up. Also there is no bathroom so bring what you need.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Decent outing.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

We have this 4 stars do to the nice walk down on champions walk. The hike up just sucked though. very steep and continuous. If it wasn't for the creek with water features, the hike wouldn't have been worth it. Eat your wheaties for the death March up the hill.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

It was a nice nature stroll. Worth walking to the end.

Friday, June 12, 2015

I give it five stars mainly because it's an area I've always wanted to walk down into. The trail was pretty well kept up and well marked. I did the Champion Creek loop, which was pretty easy on the way down but pretty strenuous on the climb back out. Steep and pretty rigorous but not a long climb. The creek hollow at the bottom was a nice, peaceful walk. Recommended.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Just hiked all three trails, a huge tree fell across the preserve trail, it looks as if no one has been out there for quite some time. The preserve and the champion creek trail are both very steep, but pretty. A small but pretty waterfall on champion creek trail. Short but sweet!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

There are 3 trails out there, An easy one, a moderate 1 mile loop, and a strenuous 2 mile loop. I was out there a week or two ago and it looked like nobody had been on the trail for awhile. It was completely covered over with leaves which made it a little difficult with all the roots/rocks as it is a small narrow trail. Lots of fun.

1 month ago

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