Lookoff Mountain via James Edmonds Trail Loop

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Black Rock Mountain State Park

Lookoff Mountain via James Edmonds Trail Loop is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Rabun Gap, Georgia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.4 miElevation gain1,000 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeFee
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Steel bear boxes at both campsites for overnight campers to store food. No water near campsites - Must pack in ALL water

$5 daily parking fee

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Jack B
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Kehla Meacham
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Dante DeStefano
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Justin Higdon
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A little overgrown at parts and a few logs to go over and under but great hike. Nice challenge uphill. Beautiful view and a reasonably easy descent if you go up the West and down the East. Lots of changes in vegetation too so the scenery going up and down is great too.

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Maria Uribe
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Great hike with awesome views.

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Emma Hurt
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Great workout, not too strenuous, quick hike with a wonderful view. Trail does get narrow and a little treacherous at times. Loved it!

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Ann Fitzgerald
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Rugged going up but very doable. when starting out from the parking lot turn left as soon as you see the blue markers then you will see the orange for this trail but go on the white for the Falls. The falls are Okay but if you don't have time then no great loss. we started up on the west trail and came back on the east.. big difference.

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Oscar Kramer
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haley kendal
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The trail was a little overgrown, thin and definitly an uphill battle. The trail itself is short so you won't be going uphill forever. Not many people were on the trail, I saw maybe 5 other people. The view is definitly worth the climb. If you take the west trail and come down the east you will come out to the gravel road. Follow the road back down to the parking lot. Do not go on the trail across the road or you will end up hiking the rest of the Edmonds trail.

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L Walker
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Tatiana C
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HikingGreat!

We parked by the Lake trailhead and started by the West fork. Once you are on the way back thru the East fork, exit the trail when you reach the road and go up the road to the parking. If you continue the East fork further, then you are taking the full James Edmonds trail . It was a great work out on the way up. But since its only 3.5 mules not very tiresome.

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T R
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T R
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Andrew Saunders
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Nice trail with good length, but absolutely no attempt to go with contours. If you like running up and down mountains like a billy goat, this is the trail for you.

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Bruce Rains
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Fantastic views of the valley and far off mountains. Not too many other hikers so plenty of room to relax and have lunch while you enjoy the views. The loop itself isn't too strenuous for a casual hiker, but beginners or non-casual hikers may struggle a little.

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Roger Smeds
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There were a few steep bits on the west side, but also with quite a few grade breaks that made it not too bad. Great views from the Lookoff point. Easy decent down the east side. Beautiful forest throughout makes this a great hike.

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kristin carman
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great trail if you want a challenge. its 1.6 milea if you park at the lake and hike the west fork to the overlook.

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James Frazier
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HikingWashed out

This review is for Lookoff Mountain via Edmond James Trail. We parked at the lake parking area. Walked up the gravel road and started up. We hiked Clockwise. The trail seemed washed out and not in good shape. Very steep on the way up. The views I thought were very disappointing. The trip down the east side was better. Overall, I would not do again.

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Christie Elliott
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This trail was lovely! There are a few steep spots but it’s nicely spread apart. There was shade and the view at the top was breathtaking. We missed something at the end of the trail & came out at a different spot. But having the app allowed us to catch it & find our way back.

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April Kelly
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Moderately difficult trail, a good workout with relatively nice views. a little slippery on wet roots and around the reddish orange sandy clay. muddy in a few spots.

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Richard D
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Great day hike workout. Lots of wildflowers during the spring season. Gorgeous view of North Carolina from the overlook just past the Lookoff Mountain summit. Be vigilant for campers at the two campsites leaving their dogs off leash. We came across campers with two pit bulls off leash at the first campsite and had to use trekking poles to keep them at bay.

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curren curren podlesny
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Lisa and Karl Zimmerman
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Amanda Moeck
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Jared Trembley
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