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Great hikes to lovely waterfalls with pools to lie in. Clayton, Ga

I wouldn’t go out of my way to hike this short trail, especially with all of the other waterfalls in the area. Still, it’s a worthwhile walk to a high-elevation, trickling waterfall if you’re staying in the park (which I recommend). The easy rating is confusing, even considering the trail’s length, as it is a sharp descent via steps with very little relief along the way, a kind of miniature version of the nearby and more rewarding hike to Hurricane Falls in Tallulah Gorge.

Beautiful hike. Make sure you follow the trail right after the first 0.2 or so miles, instead of veering left (where the yellow arrow points to). We accidentally did an extra 4.5 miles...

Beautiful hike along the river that’s nice and secluded. I would recommend you have some agility skills because there are a number of trees down across the trail. After this hike we walked north for several miles on the road along the Tallulah River.... a beautiful hike as well and no trees to climb over.

One of my favorite trails in the area. Isn’t hard.
Once you get to the top you are rewarded with a view of 3 states.

This was a pretty fun trail overall a lot of somewhat steep ups and downs and a few tight switchbacks mixed in with a bit of mud and river handrailing. If your an experienced hiker this trail is on the high side of moderate for you but for the average hiker it could be considered hard. There is a $5.00 parking fee (don't be that guy, pay to play and pick up your crap). There is a campsite at the top (3116 ft) but all sites must be reserved but I'm my opinion its worth it due to the fact it comes with benches and a fire pit/grill. Follow the orange markers and you can't go wrong.

Difficult but beautiful hike. I definitely underestimated the 8 miles. You must pay $5 for parking, or risk a $175 fine.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful and well maintained. Loved it!

hiking
22 days ago

Cool little hike. Small falls but worth the hike. Wouldn’t recommend small children as to steep in & out.

off road driving
24 days ago

Really nice trail. Happy to find that the “Easy” rating was accurate. A few creek crossings, but not deep (maybe 12” at most).
My recommendations: Drive with the windows down and you’ll be able to hear where you can view some waterfalls. Explore the camping areas for some access to the creek. Bring a picnic basket and make a day of it.

hiking
25 days ago

Loved this park! Ada-hi was a nice short hike.

More painful than Standing Indian.

Easy walk and a little over grown but not too bad!

backpacking
1 month ago

First things - we started from the end (Hwy 28) and hiked south, and we did not hike the entire trail. We only hiked to Earl's Ford (it was my daughters first backpacking trip and we wanted to keep it light.

I guess I was just hoping for more highlights. We though a lunch at Earls Ford would be nice - play in the water and then work our way back... Earls Ford is beautiful and would be a perfect picnic spot, except for the car campers and ORV folks. Lots of trash and trucks.

The trail isn't used much by hikers - we saw 1 hiker over the past 2 days. The campsites are large, but nothing too exceptional, and they seem to be spaced out ever 3 miles or so. There were a few sections with lots of horse traffic (although marked as hikers only), and the spiders are plentiful.

We'll try the south end of the trail in a few weeks.

Nothing special. Really short and easy hike. Small waterfall isn’t really worth it.

backpacking
1 month ago

First I need to clear up a couple facts:

-This trail is 25 miles one-way and says so right on the sign at the trailhead.
-The trailhead is on the South Carolina side of the river. It's on the left immediately AFTER the bridge from Clayton.

As for my review we loved this trail! Its far less crowded than the AT, has tons of water, great camp sites, and it's easy hiking.

The negatives:

It was spider season! And I mean lots and lots of spiders. I'm an avid outdoorsman and have spent a lot of time backpacking and I've never seen close to this many webs and spiders. I had to walk with a trekking pole up in front of me to catch the webs before my face did, because they were every 20 feet across the trail!

There was also lots of ticks, so take precautions.

There was 2 side trails within the first mile that aren't marked. Take a right on the first one to stay on the trail, and a left on the second one.

There were also a number of down trees to climb over, and at one point (at a fork about 6 miles in) there is a total blockage that you can't get around. So take the left fork about 10 feet and there's a little trail to cut back down to the main trail... I made an arrow out of sticks but who knows how long that will last.

Overall we will go back here and hike it over and over just for the beautiful water camping and the solitude. Its one of the best hikes in Georgia!

We hiked this trail on July 3rd with my two daughters, 8 and 10. The walk up is fine; you can take breaks when you need to and it’s not really difficult until you pass the fork. Once on the Rabun Trail, it’s slippery and wet, but stick to the sides of the trail and you’ll be fine. The views are beautiful and the forest is thick.
The summit is amazing! 360 view and mountains as far as the eye can see.
We took the long loop back from the summit and it was extremely rocky. Boots are a good idea for this one, just for the ankle support.
I’d love to see this in the fall!

Steep climb down and back with more than 250 stairs to a nice landing near a waterfall at the bottom. Short hike, nice leg workout. Well maintained as is all the Black Rock Mtn state park. Recommended for all ages and pets.

Lovely water fall and nice picnic area

hiking
1 month ago

easy first mile nearly downhill until the sharp left. As of 6/23/2018, large tree fall across trail around 1/2 mile from trailhead. You must ford Holcomb creek 50 yards upstream from the slot waterfall to get to next section (not shown on this site's map) to see actual Three Forks. This section of the trail had several (we counted six) tree falls which made us turn around. Chainsaw anyone? Still, the first falls at Holcomb is worth the relatively easy hike. One campsite near this falls is tight, a few trees for hammocks, a small firepit but close to the edge near the falls (loud).

Quiet, easy trail. It’s a little overgrown like maybe it’s not used much. It’s a great trail for grandkids and has a waterfall.

From our campsite and back was about 10 miles. It rained a bit after we left the Lookoff Mountain summit overlook and that brought the temp to a comfortable level. Was a very good hike.

Great trail. Incline was definitely a workout!

hiking
3 months ago

loved this trail! It was a good challenge!

hiking
3 months ago

Well maintained and not for the faint of heart. Overlook is a little disappointing but great view on clear day. The wind was gusting and made the trail come alive with sound.

Very hard trail but well maintained and marked.

hiking
3 months ago

Constant incline, very difficult up at top, but well worth it. Hard to find. Off warwoman rd, look for Hale cemetery sign, Rt. 7.. Not populated due to strenuous trail. Top is a tower with lots of hikers who come from other end of trail. Need hiking poles near top. If looking for challenging trail, this should be on your list.

This is a pleasant easy walk culminating in a nice waterfall. Take the low trail back to stay near the brook.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike up to the top of Georgia's second highest peak. Less traveled than the more popular route, this trail is quite steep near the top. But the reward is that you get the trail to yourself with great views near and at the summit. Parking is on the side of Hale Ridge Road. The sign marking the trail is number 211.

hiking
4 months ago

A nice short hike in the woods along the river. Very easy trail to follow. The forest has recovered nicely from the fire.

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