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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.

Length 8.1 mi Elevation gain 1,850 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Backpacking

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Hiking

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Bird watching

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Forest

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Waterfall

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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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John Stauter
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HikingGreat!

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.

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.

Leilani Wallace
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Hiking

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!

Greg Panowicz
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Hiking

Really good trail and easy to follow along the path. It took me about 2 hours to hike up to the top hiking at a steady pace. There are some really good waterfalls at the beginning of this trail. The view at the top is well worth it.

Charles Fairfield
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Hiking

awesome views both on the trail and from the peak.

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Nathan Nicoara
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HikingMuddy
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Brittany Hannula
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HikingMuddy

Definitely a new favorite. The view was so phenomenal and breathtaking that the rest really doesn’t matter. As far as the hike, the first 2 miles are a breeze. Well shaded, and low traffic. There’s a waterfall around 0.4 miles in. The second half of the trail is way more aggressive with rapid elevation and some very muddy parts (not an issue with boots) Anyway, it’s worth it for the work out and definitely for the 360° view at the top.

Cammie Ives
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HikingMuddy

Some muddy spots but otherwise a lovely hike. Shaded nearly the entire trail, and the payoff at the top with 360° views is unsurpassed in Georgia. We hiked on a Tuesday and encountered maybe a dozen other hikers in total. Parking is a little tight. We parked down the road from the trailhead. AllTrails recorded 9 miles including our walk to the car.

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Matthew Salazar
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HikingMuddy

One of our favorite hikes in Georgia so far. It is mostly flat for the first 1-2 miles, crossing many small waterfalls (we counted over 15!) and one fairly impressive waterfall. We came on a very nice day following about a week of rain, just a word of caution that the small wooden bridges can be very slippery and some don't have railings. Anyways, the hike was amazing, pretty challenging but never too intense. As you get towards the top the grade increases a good bit, but the view is worth it. I'd say the view here is better than just about anywhere in Georgia honestly.

Kim Fletcher
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful hike. The ecosystems change several times over four miles which keeps things interesting. The bridges, creeks, and mini waterfalls at the start of the hike are a fun intro, gearing you up for a climb at the end. I expected more climbing throughout, but the reality is you don’t get much elevation until 3 miles in at Rabun. The top of Rabun was substantially colder than the rest of the hike, so I’d bring a long sleeve if you are planning to stop for any length of time at the summit.

Yasir Bhuiyan
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BackpackingBugsMuddy

This was a great hike and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone! Using Google Maps, getting to the trail was easy. The actual trailhead is a couple hundred feet before the Google Maps pin. Make sure to watch out for the trailhead signs towards your right; you cant miss it. There's enough parking space for about 3 cars before it gets a little tight. I was able to drive my Prius there with no problems; only the last half mile, or so, of the road is gravel. The first couple of miles are relatively easy, with lots of water sources. I lost count, but there are probably close to a dozen stream-crossing bridges. There's a nice little waterfall close to the start of the trail. Eventually, you will run into a parking lot and a house on your right. Not sure if this is a private residence or a ranger station, but around this area, the trail widens a bit and and becomes basically uphill-only. The trail is split almost in half with the "flat" and uphill sections. I got to the trail super late, at 7PM. My goal was to reach the summit and camp overnight, to be able to view the sunrise from the fire tower the next morning. Well, eventually I got hungry and tired, and I made camp at the third campsite. Big mistake! The actual bald was only an extra 30-minute hike from camp. I ended up missing the sunrise. Once I got to the top, at around 8AM the next morning, there was too much fog to see anything. It was a wall of white clouds! However, I still enjoyed my hike. The trail itself is beautiful. There is an area to park only 2 miles from the summit. The first two miles are a nice walk in the woods, and I would not want to miss it, but next time I may do the abridged version of the hike, so I can get to the top quicker and finally get the view that I missed out on.

Clisby White
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Almost forgot I had done this trail - granted it was over 10 years ago at this point. Strung a hammock up on top of the fire tower and slept through the ice and rain. Luckily I had a rain fly and a warm bag for the night. Found an old abandoned TV way out in the woods along the way which was quite random so I had to take a photo with it.

Hector 'Tico' Calzada
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Hiking

found another pleasant surprise in Northeast Georgia. Trail is appropriately marked as moderate. Trailhead parking is limited on a gravel road. Note that the 4.1 miles out is the much more difficult portion. Pretty much a steady climb after mile one. Great views at the top on the fire tower. Make for an expedited hike back to the car. most of the blowdowns have been cleared. trail conditions are better than adequate. Not that many people. Most hikers are accessing Rabun bald from one of the shorter trails.

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Olivia Mead
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Hiking

Beautiful, secluded, well-kept trail winding through mossy woods. Make sure you go the right way - maps will take you to a trailhead with a sign directing you to “Osage overlook” from Bartram trail- that’s the wrong way! Go backwards a bit on the gravel road you came in on and start at the yellow blaze on a tree to the right of the road. That will take your to the top of Rabun Bald.

Robert Kehrberg
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Hiking

It was a wonderful day for a daylong hike. It begins with a wonderful walk in the woods that keep changing. There are a number of ups and downs at the beginning of the hike and 12 or 13 wooden bridges which are always fun. After the last on the elevation change gets serious with the last mile being the most aggressive. You do get a work depending on how fast you want to go. I took me a little over two hours on the upslope and at little less on the down. The top view is impressive well worth a day in nature. I met one hiker at the top who is a regular on the trail and said the sunrise and sunset from the top is not to be missed. I took the long 8.1 (my iwatch said 8.4) trail. There is another access points that cuts this in half. But why miss the adventure.

Jon Keele
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Hiking

What an amazing hike very moderate straight to the point summit has 360° views what an amazing day in God’s beautiful world

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Britt Joslin
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HikingBugs

Had a very nice hike to the top of Rabun Bald today trail was in good shape and flat most of the way until the end where you gain a lot of the elevation. My phone died after we got to the top but we came down the same way which was 4.1 miles and it took us 1hr and 7 minutes to get down. I highly recommend the hike it has a great view!

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Zac Adams
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HikingIcySnow
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Samantha Forsman
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HikingSnow
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Brett Schug
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Very enjoyable trail with many mountain creek crossings, a small waterfall, and a 360-degree viewpoint are the summit. The elevation profile includes a mostly flat first half of the outbound half, allowing plenty of warm up time before the moderate climb. On January 25, there were a few steep icy patches that required some assistance from nearby trees to maneuver, and some deep muddy spots. Very light traffic in the lower half. A plethora of rhododendron and mountain laurel. Lots of views in the winter. And even in the summer, the view from the top will be there. I’ll plan to make this hike again. See also the Holcomb Creek Falls which are very close.

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Cristian Perilla
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Hiking

Great trail and it’s in great condition

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Frank Thomas
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Running

Hiked up to the overlook and about 2 miles in connected with the Beegum trail. Did not see a single person on the lower part on Labor Day. Fantastic view at top. Ran back down. Upper section is rocky and lower section is much softer and less steep and very runable.

Candice Hamilton
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Hiking

Definitely a moderate hike... beautiful hike. Mica litters the trail all of the way. Breathtaking views atop the observation deck. Trail is a bit confusing from the trailhead - make sure to turn right and not left.

Michael Cunningham
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Hiking

directions are not to a trailhead. no parking other than on the side of a mountain gravel road. trail is a long hike, but overall not very difficult. many narrow paths on the trails.

jennifer dinovo
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Backpacking

This was a good hike. Did it on a Tuesday and only saw a handful of people. We passed three campsites on the way up. There are three areas to camp at the top. We were the only campers. No water at the top. Fill up at the last river crossing on the map. That is your last chance. View from top was great. No other views along the way, but the woods were pretty. We saw a big black snake, wild flowers, birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds...and large flies at the top :(. Took my old lab on the hike. It was a bit much for her, but a younger dog would have no problem.

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