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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.

Length 8.5 mi Elevation gain 1,279 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Backpacking Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs
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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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Roger Cicora
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NATHAN Wilhite
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HikingBlowdownNo shadeOff trailOver grownScrambleWashed out

This trail is currently a complete mess. There are TONS of trees blocking the trail. Not the kind you just step over either. There are a couple of washout areas also. This is all from recent storms. The trail in general is a old service road that they made a trail. It is still 10 ft wide all the way to the lake. Beautiful views of the dams and the lake. We did not see another person in the entire 10 mile trip.

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Jimbo Stapleton
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HikingGreat!

This trail follows an old road but nature has reclaimed it to the point that it really doesn't feel like it. From the parking lot, there aren't really any views of the gorge except for great views of the lake at the bottom end of the gorge. There is however an approach trail from the gorge rim. It's nearly 1000 foot elevation change to and from the lake, so it's the feel of a mountain trail but more convenient. Somewhat strenuous and a good workout in that regard. Underrated trail no matter what you do.

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Krzysztof Samsel
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Jason Reina
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lexie s
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Mike Bell
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Juan Guzmán
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If you're looking for a challenging trail, you may not like this one, but if you're new to double digit distances, consider giving it a shot! Trail has room for bikes, and the sure footing seems great for beginners, with no loose boulders or rocks. We escaped the crowds and found more than twelve miles of exploring. We stopped by Inspiration Point to catch a new view of the Gorge, and we took a couple different paths for great views of Lake Tugaloo. So many wildflowers! At the lake, we took a break at the dock, grabbed a snack, and found a trail to walk along the shoreline; beautiful and peaceful, with plenty of song birds, deer tracks, and woodpeckers.

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Chris Acker
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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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Marie Quintero
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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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Norman Hicks Sr.
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HikingBugs

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.

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Michael Smith
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Mountain bikingRocky

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.

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Sheryl Teske
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Mountain bikingBugs

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!!

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Sterling Lawson
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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.

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Fay Panico
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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!

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Nathaniel Pearson
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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

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Frank Jones
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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.

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

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Wendell Bohannon
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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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Hunter Adams
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William Border
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Rondi Frisch
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Kendall Smith
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Deanidrea Mccormick
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Claire Harper
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