Rabun Bald via Bartram Trail is a 8.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Dillard, 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.

Length8.1 miElevation gain1,850 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashkid friendlyBackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestViewsWaterfallwild-flowersWildlifeMuddyRocky
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34.97886, -83.30287

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: Take Warwoman Road 10 miles and turn on Forest Service Road 7 (Hale Ridge Road). Proceed 5.6 miles to the trail marker on the left. 4WD recommended.

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Jake Modica
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There is no parking where the directions take you. Makes it kind of hard to do the hike when you can’t park anywhere.

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Julia Garver
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Beautiful trail! Several little stream crossings in the first 1.5 miles. When I was out there, most of the upper 2 miles of trail past the second trailhead were covered in hard packed and re-frozen snow and ice. Made for a little trickier hike than I had initially expected. The whole trail is on the north slope of the mountain, so if it has snowed recently and stayed cold, be prepared for icy conditions because snow is slow to melt on this side of the mountain. Beautiful views from the top! I was there on a cold week day and only saw 3 other people the whole time.

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Brian Thompson
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Gregory Blakeslee
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Got busy once I passed the upper parking lot

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Karin Davis
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Lord Caribe
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Kaile Javins
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Jake Brennan
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Kyril Solntsev
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Loved it. Truly moderate, not hard. Way easier than Blood mtn. Plenty of water on the first two miles. Crowded on top. But yes, the views are unbelievable!

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Parker Morgan
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Good trail. Kind of muddy in some spots. Healthy amount of incline, but manageable. The clouds came in and kind of obscured the view. Not too crowded on the way up, but on the way back down the trail started to crowd a little.

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Emily S
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Such a beautiful and fun trail. It was covered with leaves so it was slippery at times. Also there were parts where you walk through mud or some puddles but that’s all in the fun of this hike! Bring PLENTY of water & food!! The views are INCREDIBLE. I recommend a little sandwich at the top :)

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Emma Hurt
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Beautiful hike, gets crowded towards the top as more trails feed in but you can’t beat the view

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Brad Waltz
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Kaile Javins
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Marissa McNamara
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Cassandra R.
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Alina Klein
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It was a beautiful trail that ran through the woods...nice and cool in the shade. For non-experienced yet in relatively fair shape hikers from Florida, however, it was quite challenging because it’s mostly uphill for the first 4 miles. Outside of that, it was a great hike! Parking is exactly where the coordinates take you...just park on the side of the road and follow the sign to Rabun Bald. The trail head is just off the road on the left when you’re walking down the road.

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Colin AllTrails
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Fun hike. Early on a handful of mountain stream crossings and one small water fall. Then a slow grind to the top.

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Deuk Lee
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Steve Moroski
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Brittany Grace Shiver
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Really lovely. Hopefully stays lightly trafficked. I did Bartram where trail splits at beginning and followed it through streams and lovely forest (tons of strange mushrooms!) till the gravel road, then came back and went up to Rabun Bald. Nice breeze to go along with the good burn.

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Amanda Wright
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The first leg of this is very difficult and it probably would have been better if I didn't get caught in a torrential downpour, which turned the trail into a river. There are several other access point that are much closer to the fire tower.

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John Stauter
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Easy to get to trailhead without 4WD if you access through Dillon, GA. Only a mile or two of gravel roads. Minimal parking avail... arrive early. The directions are good - take you slightly past trailhead where there is parking for 2-3 cars. A few can park right in front of trailhead. Beginning of hike is peaceful and fairly flat. About 2.5 miles in to hike starts getting steep. The climb to top is fairly strenuous, but not extreme. Hiking boots are def recommended. There is a parking near peak of Rabun Bald, so trail can get crowded as you get closer to peak. The top is beautiful -- observation tower gives 360 views. Can be windy. A great out and back hike. Hiking boots, a good snack for the peak, a couple litres of water, and you will be good to go.

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Bruce Rains
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HikingGreat!Muddy

First off, there isn't much parking. The directions took me right there to a gravel road and there are a few places off to the side to park, but not many. If you go on a weekend and go to late, you may be out of luck. I got there about 8am and there was one car there. Overall the hike was moderate. Not strenuous at all. But the distance may be a little much for a novice, but for an experienced hiker, this is no problem. The trail for the most part is pretty even - not many rocks or roots. Lots of cool wooden bridges during the first half of the ascent with a nice waterfall about .5 into the hike. After about 2 miles it's a gradual incline. Nothing overly steep. And there's a great payoff at the top. Great views. I was up there all alone for a while and the silence and calm was amazing as I took it all in. The best way to describe it is like being in the middle of an ocean of mountains. Very peaceful. The trail is well marked and really had no problems at all. Coming down is obviously way faster because it's a gradual decline that you can almost trot down. It took me right at 2 hours to get to the top and about 1:30 to get back.

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Leilani Wallace
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We were trying to take beegum to rabun bald, but guess we took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up on this trail! Very lovey trail, very shaded and lots of cute bridges. Only hiked 2.5 miles up from the parking lot, then it started raining and 2.5 miles back. Too bad we didn’t get to see the view! Overall very pleasant hike, until the rain!

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