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

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.

It was a great way spend a Sunday morning/afternoon. Didnt see anyone until about halfway on the way back. The view at the top is as others say...incredible for sure. Trail is a bit tricky to find depending on where you park. Signs arent real helpful.

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

This is a terrific trail, a steady climb all the way up, but you get too see a couple of cool waterfalls on the way. The view from Pinnacle Knob is well worth the effort. One tip..If you are going to park at Warwoman Dell parking area, the trailhead is not obvious. It is on the right as you drive in, past the first small parking area on the left, ignore all the signs on the left. We and another group of hikers spent some time milling around trying to figure out the misleading signs on the left....

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

Great trail, the down trees at the beginning of the trail have been cleared! It was actually about 8.2 miles up to the top and back. Got here at about 8am on a Wednesday morning and never saw another person. The view from the top is amazing!

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.

At the beginning of the trail. There’s fallen trees blocking the path that needs to get cleared up. Also, getting to the very top, there’s a lot weeds that make it difficult to squeeze up there. You barely see the path. Other than that. It was awesome!

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

backpacking
1 month ago

BALLBUSTER!
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.

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

Loved this hike. Passed the trail turn off to the knob for a bit more challenge and came back. Loved everything about it and the description in all trails is pretty accurate. Close to many other great hikes like blood mountain, Toccoa falls and Tallulah gorge

off road driving
2 months ago

It’s just a dirt road. 4 wheel drive not required.

2 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.

hiking
2 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.

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

Right near the beginning of the trail, just on the other side of the road crossing, there is a large fallen tree and a number of smaller chainsawed trees jumbled together. It looks very much like the path is intentionally blocked off, but just climb over/through it. Once you start ascending, the climb is relentless — be prepared for that. It’s not steep, but it continues for over two miles with no break. There are some flat areas off the trail before and after the main waterfall (at about the halfway point) that would make great camping spots, and really are the only spots suitable for tents. There is a fire ring on the summit, and several trees perfect for hanging a hammock — I napped for a couple hours before heading down again. It was a great way to spend the afternoon.

Definitely a bit muddy right now but the waterfalls are amazing and that view at the top is worth the last mile and a half. Be ready to climb over some fallen trees (worst one is at the very beginning). Bring a bunch of water and snacks/lunch. It’s pretty shaded for the most part and some areas look very snakey but I didn’t see any wildlife except birds and lizards. I lost cell service until close to the top so download the map!

woo! This one kicked my ass. Dad and I took the pup. I'd say the first and last mile are the most difficult. if you're going post rain where some boots with good tread. Bring about 2L water. Stay hydrated. we didn't as much as we should have and we are definitely feeling that today. It is a really pretty hike and if you go mid-Summer, expect to see lots of lush green forest and plenty of mushrooms. There's a pool at the bottom of the falls for the way back to stop and have some lunch and soak your feet. Reviving! The view at the top is beautiful and there are camping spots set in from the view and also near the falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful and well maintained. Loved it!

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