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Tough climb to the top, but overall great hike. Hiked to the summit and then back down to camp near Martin Creek Falls before hiking out the next morning. Only camp sites I saw were 4 or so around Martin Creek Falls and the site at the top which didn't seem very tent friendly, but perfect for hammocks!

Certainly a beautiful view but not much of a scenic route. Glad I walked it and really enjoyed the view but it’s literally walking a road beyond a gate. I just prefer trails but nothing wrong with this at all.

Lots of rain before we took this hike so the waterfall was beautiful. A very nice walk in the woods. A few minimal water crossings, trail is narrow and somewhat follows the road (although it is not right next to the road). With all the rain the creek/river was rushing and spectacular. You can continue on the Bartram Trail after the 3.5 miles but you will have to cross the river. Nice camping spot at "the end" across the river. Poles not necessary but helpful. Rolling terrain with a few moderate ups and downs. Parking is limited but more is available down the road at Warwoman Dell.

This trail is in Black Rock Mountain State Park, which is closed Dec 18-March 15. Check https://gastateparks.org/BlackRockMountain for status. No parking along road outside of park, and other access appeared to require driving on private roads. Will have to come back!

Beautiful waterfalls, especially after heavy rains.

Agree with the other reviews- this trail is longer than stated in the description, but so worth it! Took us ~4 hours including about a 30 minute rest at the summit. Beautiful falls in the beginning and amazing view from the top. We went in late fall and only saw a few other people- this hike is perfect if you are staying in Clayton.

I was disappointed. we started at Hale Ridge and the first two miles took us 4 HOURS! There were trees down and it consisted of us on our hands and knees climbing under them or going off trail trying to avoid them. We only made it to Rabun Bald and then decided to camp and leave the next day due to not knowing how the trail would look past that and being on a time limit.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful and peaceful.

Can you ride atv and side by side here

hiking
1 month ago

Late review visited 10/31/18 Decided to explore this Waterfall trail after hiking up from the new 1 mile trail at Fox Fire. I would say that the easy rating may not be quite accurate, due to the trail signage even states it as More Difficult ( always giggle when I see this) and even though the hike is short, there are alot of stairs leading down, which means lots of stairs going up on the return. The path is nice and the boardwalk is great that takes you right up to touch the trickling waterfall. Plus you get to see great views of the valley below and mountains beyond from this spot. It was extremely pretty when I visited for I was there during Peak Fall Season too.

Parked at Beegum Gap Trailhead (only space for about three cars here) and used the Beegum Trail to reach Rabun Bald. The trail on 27 Nov 18 was frozen in all the places where water crosses the trail. Very Slippery! Great views from the lookout. All the trees have a coating of ice and light snow coverage on the ground. Temps were around 22 degrees (high for the day). Then I used the Bartram Trail to hike South to Flat Top (another Georgia 4000 footer). Reaching Flat Top is actually a short but steep bushwhack off the trail. Then I backtracked on Bartram until I got to the trail intersection for Flint Knob and Alex Mountain. I hiked about .7 miles to Flint Knob (another GA 4000 foot mountain) for fantastic views to the south. Backtracked on Bartram and Beegum back to the trailhead. The whole hike was 9.55 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike, would rate moderate. We went after some rain so it was muddy yet the falls were more than just the typical trickle they are with no rain. Would go again!

Great trail that is not nearly as popular as it should be. There are two short spurs that go around the lake and to an overlook. These are not marked as clearly as they could be, so it would be worthwhile to download the map or pick one up from the park office before leaving.

Apart from the overlook, most of the trail is through the forest without much in the way of views, but the trail is still beautiful, with many picturesque streams and rivers. For the most part the trail was very well maintained, but some did portions require a little bit of care. There were two difficult climbs of about a mile each.

Very pretty trail. Someone has trimmed the entire trail where it was narrow. TY. Looks great. Waterfalls, creek crossings, bridges, camping spots, Huge pines, views. This trail has it all. From parking at Warman Dell to the top and back was just over 8.6 miles for me. Great Trail.

Great little trail! We needed something on the shorter side that would be fun for kids. The water was thundering, and the trail was relatively easy walking. Wonderful way to spend a leisurely afternoon.

Unfortunately, we ran out of time and did not make it to the top. This hike is NOT 7.2 miles. It's closer to 9.5 miles round trip. Beautiful waterfalls on the way, just disappointed we didn't reach the knob.

backpacking
2 months ago

My wife and I did this loop on November 3. Plenty of water sources were available along the trail. I found it to be moderate, with one or two short, strenuous sections. Decent amount of other hikers on the trial - lots at the visitor’s center and picnic area.
Spent the night at the Fern Cove backcountry site. Close to water, but the ground was all slightly sloped for a tent. Had a firepit available.

Great short hike to see beautiful views! The trail was very wet and muddy and I definitely enjoyed the trail up rather than the other side of the loop which felt more like a gravel road!

Very cool little hike. The tower was partially closed, but also open to where you could climb up into it without too much problem. It wasn't easy, but wasn't hard either. There's a metal grate blocking the top two steps,but they have the rest of it open, which was a bit odd.

The gravel road was not particularly rough so regular passenger vehicles can probably make it ok.

I LOVE THIS TRAIL. I’m sad it took me so long to find out about it, seriously. This trail has it all! 3 waterfalls, a river, a mountain, an AMAZING lookout.... I loved it so much. The first two miles are fairly easy, then the last two are climbing up to Pinnacle Knob. I really, really enjoyed this hike. I went on a Saturday and maybe saw about 15 people the whole time. I also took my three dogs and they had a great time. Highly recommend this trail! Parking is nice and convenient too. Also a lot of really cool camp spots. Another thing, the trail has been rerouted since it was last updated on here, so it’s definitely more like 4 miles to the top.

Nice walk through the woods. The leaves were just past peak this weekend. Some muddy spots on the trail. There’s an observation platform with wonderful, panoramic views at the end.

Steady climb up, steady descent back. Nothing too harsh.

We did the western fork and it was definitely a challenge from the lake to Lookout Point. The lake should be a definite side Trail for you to explore you get to walk completely around the lake.

Great hike with lots of water features along the way. Steady incline towards the top but with a nice payoff.

Short but steep hike to a great view. Be warned that the last 2 miles to drive there are on an unpaved road.

Go in the fall (we went first weekend of November) and you will get an excellent view of black rock mountain and the southern end of the smoky mountains. Nice waterfalls too. Keeping in the list of repeat hikes.

This trail was definitely the most challenging I have done. It was scenic and lightly traveled but much more difficult than expected—lots of challenging uphill portions. It appears that the trail is actually more like 9 miles, which for us included a short detour to the lake and then another to the overlook. Overall, I’m proud of myself for accomplishing this, but note that it might take longer than other people mentioned. Also, I live somewhere with no elevation so am not used to this type of terrain.

Great hike - trailhead is tough to locate, basically marker between the two parking areas (we parked at Warwoman) marked blue/difficult that takes up up some switchbacks to cross the road. A few waterfalls and through some camping areas. Lot of up and down and flat until you pass the camping area and then it’s a steady up for the last mile and a half. Great views but very windy so we didn’t spend too much time at the top. A solid 8 miles and we did it in just under 4 miles with few breaks.

Not a very long hike, but it is a steady climb to the top. Views are great. Fall color was peak today.

Felt long than 1 mile but beautiful views at the top!

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