Stoneplace Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tallulah Falls, 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.

Distance: 8.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,279 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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A (free) back country permit is required for this 10 total mile out and back trail which starts at Tallulah Gorge State Park and ends at a boat launch & camping area on Tugaloo lake. Several back country campsites are available along the trail and a 4x4 road leading to a boat ramp can be used to access the trail terminus.

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1 month ago

A bit disappointed, pretty much just walking through the woods, no real scenic value, the falls were the opposite direction and at the end was just a lake, no rapids or waterfalls to see.

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bugs
8 months ago

The husband and I did this trail trying to escape the crowds at Panther Creek. There is no waterfall feature. That’s a lie. There are some gorgeous views of the lake further in, but the recent burn kind of mucks up the scenery in a lot of places. We were surprised to see heavy equipment had been through the area clearing. The bugs were awful- had to cover our faces to escape the gnats. Wanted to go swimming at the lake but folks were fishing. Overall, enjoyed the time spent exploring with the husband. This hike is the easy side of moderate- the 10 mile length is really what earns it a moderate rating. Probably won’t do this one again- there are better hikes!

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bugs
8 months ago

The gnats were still out in force, in the for what it’s worth department, the really seem to like citronella. Pretty easy grade on this trail which is always appreciated. A bulldozer had recently been down a substantial section of this trail smoothing the way. From a conversation with a fisherman down at the boat landing, I understand the trail was pretty badly rutted in places. If they don’t get some seed down on the roadbed PDQ it will be again. There were a few soft and slippery spots in the fresh roadbed, but overall it’s not bad. It looks like a controlled burn got a bit too hot in places, burning on steep slopes is always a tricky business as the fire tends to generate its own wind as it tears upslope and can easily get up into the forest canopy where you don’t want it to be. I’m sure the fuel loads were making the land managers anxious and sometimes after years of fire suppression there just aren’t any really good options. Some really spectacular views of the gorge early on and the lake towards the end. This is the longest trail I have attempted in quite some time and it has left me feeling confident and capable of going farther still.

mountain biking
rocky
11 months ago

Definitely a challenge on a gravel bike. Would have been a lot more enjoyable on a mountain bike. Most of the way is in the woods, but towards the end, before the long descent to the lake, there are views of the lake.

mountain biking
bugs
Wed Oct 17 2018

The beginning of this trail was promising, but then it became a mere road with very barren view. I was hoping for more of a singletrack feel. Very easy trail to ride, but you will eat a lot of gnats!!

Mon Sep 10 2018

I have to be honest, when I read the review of the other Poster about the Gnats I laughed. I went out there today and experience them it was kind of annoying. The trail is not very attractive and the wooded area surrounding most of the trail that I saw was somewhat barren. you can see that there was a controlled burn done out there not long ago so there is not as much plant life is there would have been otherwise. If you are just looking to get away from stress or activity, this may be a good option for you. However if you're looking for beautiful scenery I would do not recommend this particular Trail.

hiking
Mon Sep 03 2018

This was a major disappointment! Our group of 5 regular hikers expected a nice wooded trail leading to a lake and boat launch. As we proceeded on our hike we were attacked by gnats! It never let up. The trail was dry and dusty and hundreds of Gnats!!! What was supposed to be a 10 mile RT was shortened to 6 miles. We couldn't stand the conditions. This is a relatively unattractive trail maybe worth taking in the winter if at all!

hiking
Sun Mar 11 2018

A long but fairly easy trail. The last two miles provide incredible views of the lake. At the four mile marker there’s a tremendous campsite. The trail ends at a beautiful boat launch and dock with an amazing view of the lake

running
Tue Jan 24 2017

One of the first good trail running spots you come to in the N GA mountains. 4.5 out and 4.5 back. After the first mile almost all downhill. Of course all uphill coming back. Easy to go out for another out and back because you know the going out part is easy. Good trails; not single track so pretty easy to run on.

hiking
Tue May 31 2016

Not much to see until the end at the lake but worth the hike down. Nice dock to sit on a end.

hiking
Fri Nov 21 2014

An easy in and out trail with nice, spotted views across the gorge. A clear, quiet Sunday afternoon, taking in fading, but still radiant fall foliage, created a peaceful locale for lunch on the dock. Adding a trip to Inspiration Point to watch kayakers brave the cold rapids, satisfyingly topped the 14-mile day.

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Thu Oct 24 2013

A (free) back country permit is required for this 10 total mile out and back trail which starts at Tallulah Gorge State Park and ends at a boat launch & camping area on Tugaloo lake. 3600 feet of total elevation gain makes this trail a challenge if attempted after the stairs leading into the gorge on the main rim trails. Several back country campsites are available along the trail and a 4x4 road leading to a boat ramp can be used to access the trail terminus.

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