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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.

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.

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

The hike will get your heart rate going as you descend than ascend flights of stairs. A prettier view of the valley than the weak water fall. I would rate the hike as moderate and recommend it for the cardio from the steps.

One hell of a trail. I took the east loop to the lookout and the west back to the trailhead. Both ways are difficult, but judging from the descent, the west loop is definitely a more difficult climb. Plenty of water sources on both sides if you carry a filter. The overlook had a tremendous view, pay no mind to negative reviews about the payoff. I rested my feet on the warm rock and just stared into forever. The waterfall at the end of the west loop was very refreshing for my aching feet after that steep descent. If you're trying to get/stay in shape for hiking the AT like I am, this is a good one to test your mettle on. Happy Hiking!

Rating it as 4 star, not so superb view from look off mountain overlook due to the tall trees which were blocking the view but this is great hike for work out. We hiked blood mountain, freeman loop and mount Yonah but I will rate this one as most difficult among them as there were random ascent and descent throughout the trail and its core dense jungle. We ( me and my wife ) took almost 4 hours to complete the loop but its worth visit.

Complete Trail is marked with orange marks to help you not get lost in the jungle. There is beautiful lake ( don’t miss that part if you wanna have a great shoot for land, water and sun) slightly deroute from the trail (0.85 mile loop).

Keep climbing, Keep Hiking !!! Cheers

25 days ago

Janet and I thru hiked the Bartram Trail.
On Sunday 10/7/18, We drove up the Forest Service road to less than a mile to the trail and camped on Cheoah Bald in NC. Monday 10/8/18-Tuesday 10/16/18, we hiked south to Russell Bridge in GA, with a shuttle by Michael Newton from Wallace Branch to Hickory Nut.
Trail maintenance was best at day hike areas and worse far from road crossings. Every day in GA and NC involved multiple large trees across the trail and blow downs. The hike up Wolf Mt in NC was difficult due to 6 days of food, poor maintenance and steep terrain. Speed Gap in GA has a huge blow down just beyond the etched Bartram Trail Rock. It completely obscured the trail for hikers coming from Russell Bridge toward Warwoman Dell.
We had a great time. Other than the beautiful Saturday on Rabun Bald and parking areas, we saw 4 hikers in 9 days.

Very nice trail. If, however, you are like me and not in the best shape the final mile and a half will kick your butt!

Very Pretty....loves the Laurel Canopies!

Not the best choice of "first trail after a 1.5 month hiatus," but very pretty at the top and well worth it. I'd rate it as difficult if you're out of shape (like I was) at around 1,000 ft of elevation gain over 1.6 miles. It would be a nice winter hike when it's not so humid out. I'd come back in mid-summer when the laurels and rhododendrons are in bloom, but the heat and humidity would be the trade-off. Trails like these really make you want to hit the stairmaster during the week so you can enjoy the ride more

Trail was mostly good. Was overgrown near Bly Gap with weeds which made hiking very wet

My 11 year old son and I completed this trail yesterday. We are both in good shape, and we made it fine. Beautiful views at the top, and it was marked extremely well. There were many trees down blocking some of the ways, but we managed to crawl thru or navigate around. I will do it again some day!

The marked trail is between 5.8 and 6.3 miles (my wife and I both used GPS and they disagreed). It is 7.4 if you add an extra loop around the lake and hike out to the lookout mountain campsite, both of which are not on the main trail.

The trail itself is very well marked and there were only a few blowdowns. It's a relatively clear hike, and took us just under 3 hours to complete. The total elevation gain was around 1900 feet which isn't bad.

I would say it was a decent workout but too short to really be considered "difficult"

I would recommend this trail for fit to moderately fit people looking for a workout and some pretty scenery. Take 2-3L of water and a snack and this is a few hours of walking. Trekking poles are recommended to save your knees on all the downhill.

The best view is from the parking lot up at the visitors center though.

The trail itself is wonderful. I also used forest service maps which weren't as accurate but did make for a 25 mile ride with a couple of creek crossing.

Nice day hike with moderate incline. Beautiful 360 view from tower at the summit. Will do again soon.

Beautiful place. The hike was very a moderate incline but still very manageable for my grandkids ages 7 and 12. Will definitely return.

A decent hike, moderate to difficult (the latter, if you are out of shape) from the parking area up the Beegum Trail to Rabun Bald (note: from the parking area go up the marked Rabun Bald Trail about 0.2ish miles then stay to the right to continue up Beegum up to the summit. If you follow the yellow arrow to the left it takes you up the Bartram thru trail back towards Hale Ridge Rd) The return trip down was via Bartram Gap Road aka the rest of Beegum Trail Loop. Trail directions are definitely lacking, but if you can navigate, it isn't that hard. Overall took about 3 hours RT with about a 30 min break for lunch on the overlook.

2 months ago

Slow uphill. Steep slope to rock overlook. Robe on trees to hold

2 months ago

As mentioned previous, $5 parking fee but after 10pm they lock the place down so I felt pretty safe about leaving my vehicle parked there.
Went in to get my BC permit. $18! With my Sr. discount, and tax of course, $15.41. For one night.
Reckon that money goes towards clearing the umpteen thousand blowdowns. Not!
Regardless, if someone is looking for a ballbusting, shakedown trail, this is it.
No matter which way you go, it's about 2 miles up and out. With a stout climb in the middle to the top campsites. We stayed at Lookoff CS #2. I think.
I've been section hiking the AT and this trail was comparable to any of that.
I carried about 30lbs to try out a new pack so I made this harder on myself too.
And I'm 65, albeit healthy, years old.
Plenty of water except on top. Numerous stream crossings but with bridges. One stream followed the trail for a bit. Nothing harmful to any but the most tragically hip sneakers. Which I definitely do not recommend anyway.
As stated, lots of trees down on the trail. Hey, it's the backcountry.
I give this trail 5 stars out of respect. There aren't any really serious views and you mostly hike under canopy.
But, when finished, I was beat! And today, front of my thighs and my calves are telling me I had a workout.
Do this.

Easy loop hike to waterfall.

Road in is dirt/gravel for a good bit and steep at parts, which is fine for a sedan in dry weather and probably okay in wet, though I probably wouldn’t recommend it in winter if it’s snowy. The last push to the top was very demanding, though the view from the top is pretty great, particularly after the corkscrews to get there.

Nike hike with great views

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

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