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1 day ago

The road in from both directions is closed til April 1, found out the hard way

2 days ago

Roads from both directions are closed until April 1st- . Drove a lot today to find that out! No formal notices posted as to why, one showed a detour which was still closed, one was just a closed gate.

Pretty cool view of the valley. Lots of straight ups and straight downs so be prepared. Plenty of water sources scattered around the loop. If you have a filter bring it so you don’t have to lug water weight around the whole hike.

Almost didn’t find the trail head! After turning around and looking at posted photos I finally found it! There is parking for about 3 vehicles depending on size at the National Forest 86 sign post. The falls were beautiful. A short hike, starts out going downhill to the 1st falls and then uphill to the second falls. I spent more time driving to the trail than I spent hiking. It will be beautiful when all of the rhododendrons bloom.

It was wet when we hiked this trail. Outside of that it was wonderful. Not too much of an incline for someone that hikes on a regular basis. Could be rather tough for a beginner. The view at the top makes this trail worth every step.

Beautiful trail - there were some downed trees to climb over/under but generally loved this hike.

Gorgeous trail and beautiful views at the top!

This is a great in and out hike with good cardio in mind. Our favorite rock for lunch is 3.36 miles in.

This was my first time hiking this trail in the winter. I loved seeing the open views. There were a couple places where a tree had fallen over the trail and there was still a couple icy areas. But, for the most part, it was maintained well. I guess I haven’t been hiking enough lately since the hike up kicked my butt. Coming down was a breeze. It took me 2.5 hours from start to finish (including my little lounging at the top on the tower). Will do again soon since I’m training to do an 8 mile hike in April.

Pretty nice hike with two beautiful waterfalls. First trip with new backpack so ran out of steam earlier than usual. Keep in mind uphill coming back!

Great day hike from Warwoman Dell to Pinnacle Knob! We wandered around a little looking for the correct trail head since there are many trails in that area, we found what we were looking for right near the parking area closest to the road. Two beautiful waterfalls on the lower portion of the hike with a couple great campsites and then a nice climb to the top of Pinnacle Knob with a great campsite at the very top. Definitely will be going back to camp!

Finding the trail from the parking lot took us a little bit because it’s pretty confusing. The hike itself is great and I’m surprised it’s not more popular. Two waterfalls and a nice overlook. There’s at least two campsites, maybe three, that would be great for backpacking.

Fun day trip for the family

1 month ago

Started out early enough to get ahead of the fair weather hikers. Temp was 28 to start & 57 at finish! Stayed on the Bartrum for a little over 9 miles total out & back. Never saw a soul until mile 6.3 on return. Plenty of hikers from the waterfalls back to start. The trail is rustic & well marked. Just the way I like em. Lots of blowdown that would suck with a full pack on a thru hike, but completely manageable with the day pack. 1959 feet of elevation by staying on the Bartrum. Didn’t feel I missed out at all by bypassing the Knob.

Awesome hike in the Georgia Mountain sunshine! Beautiful waterfalls!

1 month ago

Beautiful winter views. Large patches of ice be careful. Watch out for the hound dog who guards the place. You don’t want to hit him with your car.

2 months ago

Nice hike but the trail is really not very close to the river. Was hoping it would be a nice hike along the river. This was up in the hills above it. Still a good hike, I just had different expectations. Also every creek crossing is bridged which most probably greatly appreciate. I personally prefer my trails to be a little more wild. Water crossings and wet feet are part of the fun.

2 months ago

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.

3 months ago

beautiful and peaceful.

Can you ride atv and side by side here

3 months 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.

3 months ago

amazing hike

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.

3 months 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!

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