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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.

Length 1.1 mi Elevation gain 314 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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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.

Small gravel lot, no facilities.

The Burnt Mountain Preserve Trail located off of Rt. 136 heading east in Pickens County just before you get to the first overlook. There is a graveled road leading into the trail entrance and a small parking area. You can see the Kiosk sign off to the right as you approach the trail entrance.

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Nick Bova
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Hiking

There are 3 good, well marked trails here. I jest hiked the moderate rated trail. It was a good trail with a lot of woodland scenery on the side of the mountain that drops down to Champions Creek valley. The moderate trail does not go down to the valley floor, but it is very steep coming back up. I passed a couple of folks who were resting and looked hot and tried. I did the hike with my dog and he didn't want to slow down. Be careful with this one if you don't like steep hills.

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Michelle Miller
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David Dominick
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Hiking

creek/waterfall hiking . Primo stuff

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Courtney B
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BugsOver grown

3 different trails in this area. champion meets up with the preserve trail and it goes uphill all the way to the end. walking stick,bug spray and plenty of water needed for this trail. not for the faint of heart. tons of bugs, overgrowth. trails are somewhat well marked. not much to see here.

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Shannon Scales
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GinaRose Galli
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Hiking

Straight down and straight up with not much to see. Not sure what these pictures are of as there is NO water on this trail. Very disappointing

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M H
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Hiking

A nice quick trail. Takes about 30 mins to do the Preserve trail. The last few mins are straight uphill and a good workout. I can see it being pretty narrow in the summertime when the vegetation is grown out.

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Patricia Ocasek
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this trail is close to my house, so the convenience is nice. Decent hike. Half of it is uphill - just a warning!

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Todd Deery
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This Trail is generally steep and somewhat technical. It has three loops. one is easy, one is medium and one is definitely the most challenging. The trail needs a little bit of repair work. The leaves were thick when I was there and several trees had fallen in the trail. The Trail is easy to get to by car with the trailhead being right off the road. it also offers some very nice views. I mostly hiked the intermediate trail and you can get a great workout if you try to do it fast.

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Michael Dean
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Still has some development needed. Does not look highly trafficked as the winter leaves are thick. Wet leaves make for slips and myself and a friend both slipped shortly after the Champion loop breaks away so we doubled back. A recent wind storm dropped many trees on the path so volunteer work is needed to clear the trail in places. Could use a little gravel in places. It will be a nice workout trail one day and there is a great view in winter.

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

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Amy Davis
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Hiking

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.

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Wesley Giambra
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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.

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Angela Reynolds
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Hiking

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

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Jeff Urkevich
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Hiking

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.

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Emily Dalton
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Walking

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

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Nora Louise McArthur
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Hiking

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.

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Malcolm Smith
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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

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Nancy Mezick
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Hiking

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.

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Brad Bowser
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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.

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Wayne King
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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

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Adam Edgar
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Hiking

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

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Nikki Wheeler
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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.

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Lisa Meador
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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.

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Sylvia Nicole
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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

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

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David David Kirkland
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Hiking

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!

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

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Ryan Nicks
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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.

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