Explore the most popular trails near Appling with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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backpacking
3 months ago

if you're looking for something challenging yet fun and beautiful this is the trail for you and ends up being about six and a half miles so make sure you have plenty of time in your day couple bottles of water and a couple snacks I ran into a lot of Wildlife so be mindful of the woods and watch your steps

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike! I did this trail on my birthday and it was my best gift. I repeated the loop twice and ended up doing 12 miles that day! It’s great to see the trail from both visial perspectives. Great for dogs and the trail is appropriately marked, however, don’t leave without the map if you’re not familiarized with the trail, you might end up looping endlessly. Anyways, can’t wait to go back!

One of my favorite trails close to home! Wasn’t extremely difficult (I am a beginner) and many beautiful streams to cross over!

on Rock Dam Trail

hiking
6 months ago

Well marked nice trail. Due to length and some steep sections and unmaintained stream crossings, I would not recommend it for a beginner, but it's a good hike.

Really well marked, be aware if it’s rained recently you’re going to get wet shoes stepping across creeks. And yes, if you are pressed for time like I was, there is an unofficial trail down the second creek, so you can clip off the last loop of the trail if you need to. Although I was really glad not snake season quite yet!
Fyi, you do have to walk down Cliatt to get to the start of this trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome views, several water crossings that allow dogs to drink and very well maintained...trail markers are very frequent and unmistakable, if you get lost on this trail, you don't need to be in the woods. Elevation gains aren't steep and long lasting, although I'd consider this a moderate trail because it is physically challenging and would not recommend for someone who is completely out of shape based on terrain alone.

Love it!

on Rock Dam Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail that is clearly marked throughout.

camping
10 months ago

I hike this trail with my parents and dogs and found it extremely fun although my parents were worn out by the end, do not hike this trail if you aren’t experienced or have problems with your knees or any other part of your leg.

hiking
10 months ago

I don't think I actually reached the trail because I had parked at Wildwood and headed toward the trail in about two and a half miles in I lost the trail. a storm had going through there earlier in the year and I don't think it's quite recovered yet. we'll try again another day.

hiking
11 months ago

It was a fun well marked trail

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

this trail is great. It also happens to be near one of my favorite fishing spots.

hiking
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

I love this trail but do not like the fact that people do not have their dogs on a leash. I had two dogs growling and running up on me once there and have not been back. I am an animal lover but as someone who has been bitten by a dog I feel like everyone needs to keep their animals on a lease just out of respect to others and the fact that some people have a fear of dogs. Other than that the trail is very nice. I would be mindful of snakes this time of year as there is a lot of camouflage for them to hide in.

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Nice loop trail. Pretty easy, good for conditioning.

hiking
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

It was nice! There are several trail choices to choose from once inside Mistletoe State Park, located in Appling, GA. My hubs, our 5 year old & I enjoyed our outing. We walked the Cliatt Creek Trail mentioned above & it was very pleasant. They had some wooden bridges to cross, sight hill with the one we followed but the kiddo kept up just fine so it was easy. Only thing I could see happening here is the trees/markings be repainted to make them more noticeable.

Monday, December 19, 2016

this was a beautiful trail!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Really enjoyed this park. Admission $5 at the gate. Nice trails and lovely lake, though the "beach" is somewhat boggy (why I rated it only 4 stars). Mastiff enjoyed the swim, and I wished I had brought the kayak. I went on a Friday afternoon, and saw only one other person there. I would definitely go there again.

hiking
Monday, September 19, 2016

very peaceful hike. Lake levels were very low.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Beautiful views but we were told at the gate there is no where to hike.

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

Good hike! Nice views of the lake. Very easy. The bridge is out so I would double check the bridge is in working order before doing the hike again. Some very nice DNR officers gave me a ride back across the lake.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Loved it! Great for camping , hiking, or biking

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Very beautiful and wide Trail so if you have a big group this is a good Trail to go on...only downside was its near hunting ground so kinda nervous with my kids with me on that.

hiking
Monday, July 06, 2015

Alot of trails in this park. I completed the Rock Dam Trail today and had a great time. The only way to get to this trail is off of another trail. It can be somewhat confusing at first. 3 campsites on this trail. Completely went by the first one without noticing but site 2 and 3 seemed nice. Alot of water crossing. I think once you complete the Rock Dam Trail and the parts on the other trail that you have to take to get to it is roughly 9 miles all together. The beginning of the trails start at the park entrance and loop back around. A few of the marked trees had fallen but over all marked well. I will go back.

hiking
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Really good trails that are well marked and maintained. From a maintenance standpoint the only negative is that there was a bridge out on the more remote area of the Rock Damn trail, but there was enough downed trees the creek could be crossed. There are hills on the trails, which sets it apart from a lot of the trails in the area, and it was more challenging than any of the sections of the Bartram Trail in the area. I will definitely hike here again.

hiking
Monday, June 15, 2015

This is a part of the CSRA Bartram Trail area, and it is primarily used by mountain bikers but I think this section of the trail is one of the better actual hiking areas around the area, however it isn't really challenging. There are some ups and downs but no elevation change greater than 100 feet and I'd probably put it closer to 60-80. It is pretty solitary and follows the section of the lake closely. While there are a few trees that are down, the course is extremely well marked and easy to follow. I will be hiking it again, along with the rest of the Bartram Trail.

hiking
Friday, May 29, 2015

Great trail. I've done this trail the past couple weekends, exploring different areas each time, and it's a good four hours or so. Nothing too horrid- my 8lb dog goes with me and has no issues. I think it's easier for him, honestly! Crossing logs and such to go over streams is a fun game for him.

hiking
Friday, May 29, 2015

Overall, the trails are really easy to hike through. That said, a few aren't clearly marked like the Rock Dam trail and it's easy to just follow the beaten path. The rest were fine and shaded perfectly.

camping
Monday, March 17, 2014

Awesome park with a capital A. We camped at the walk in tent sites and had a 3 sides waterfront campsite. Next day we took a 11 mile hike to the backcountry sites. 2 stream crossings and about 400 ft elevation change several times. Overall, great weekend, next time I am backpacking in to the natural dam. Just to awesome to put into words.

hiking
Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Took a day trip with my wife and two girls here on New Years Eve. This quiet little state park is really a gem. There is a lot of lake access, pine-covered nature walks, hiking trails with stream crossings, and a really friendly park and ranger staff. Will definitely return for more hikes and camping. There are around one hundred campsites with full hookups (if that's your thing). There are also plenty of walk-in, tent-only sites. And my personal favorite, there are several back-country sites you can camp on near a few of the trails. The one downside I'll mention is the trail map they provide at the welcome center is a little confusing. Some of the trails didn't appear to match the map names. (Could have just been me). Overall, an excellent experience. Will return!

camping
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Great spot to camp. Really enjoyed the view of the lake and the fishing even though there weren't many bites.

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