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

on Songbird Trail

16 days ago

A very pleasant and easy hike through the forest. Small elevation gain. I am working with an injury, and it was a good start to my return to hiking.

Note there are 11 miles of gravel road to get to the campground, but was well worth it to us. We're planning to return to camp on the lake!

I did lower half of the trail it was challenging but fun. I got lost few times and water was little higher then I expected.

Been going to the lake my whole life and always wanted to hike this trail.... did it today!!! It is uphill to the tower and you can walk up the stairs to the first landing for a good view. The good news is it’s all downhill going back out;) It is a beautiful trail. Saw squirrels and deer. Camped 3 days at the lake. Gorgeous week!!!!

backpacking
3 months ago

Backpacked this trail early May 2018. Parked at the end of the trail.

Day one hiked from mile 11 to mile 7.
Day two day packed from mile 7 to 3 and back to 7.
Day three hiked back to car.

Loved not having to carry much water around with me. Just filtered a liter or two at a time as we hiked along the river.
Made the mistake of wearing open toed Tevas. While it was nice being able to get them wet, they were slippery on the rocks and actually broke halfway through the trip

My biggest regret on this trip was not bringing hiking poles. Would have made the crossings way easier.

Would advise lining your pack with a trash bag for when you inevitably take a dip in the river.

River Crossings:
Depending on if it rained recently, you might not be able to safely cross. It hadn’t rained in the week before going, and it was still pretty hard to cross in some areas. This made for a great challenge! Sometimes hard to find the right place to cross. Sometimes the trail crossing spot is too dangerous, and you have to walk down or upstream to find a good crossing point. The rocks in the water were pretty slippery.

We were never worried about getting swept down the river, more just falling in and getting the packs drenched. I fell in a few times :)

Camping:
There were a few camp spots between 11 and 9, but very few between 9 and 6. South of 6 there were a ton! The campsites were somewhat dirty and could use a visit by rangers.

Trail:
The elevation change in the trail was easy. The trail was very poorly marked between miles 11 and 6. While you can’t get lost (you just follow the river), you’re kind of bushwhacking it in this section. Lots of poison ivy around but we never got it - probably because we were constantly getting washed off in the river. Bring cream just in case.

Miles 3-6 were much better traveled and the trails were clear.

Overall really liked this hike and would visit it again.

Since we have had so much rain for the passed month or so the falls were gorgeous!! Nice hike for the whole family. I baby wear so the last little leg being uphill got to me. lol. We all had fun.

Very dissapointed in this trail. Trecking up mostly on a gravel road was very difficult for me and the view was lacking due to trees and haze due to pollen and Controlled fires happening in the area. the Tower was locked so no view.

great view of the top. make sure to park where the closed gate for the 1st camping ground for the lake is. trail is pretty much all uphill. btw it's a 1hr drive on a mountain country non paved road from the main road, watch out city folks lol

Gorgeous trail and views and waterfalls, wild life. Ride up people say very rigid...SUV..no problem!

I was not aware that you are able to drive all the way to the top where the lookout was of it wasn’t chained off. But once we figured that out and started walking it was great. It was an moderate walk, not that long and once you get to the lookout it’s amazing.

If you complete the entire trail, you cross the creek 16 times one way. So 32 times total. This does not include any of the natural runoffs or springs. The difficulty of the trail varies on the water levels for the creek crossings. There are areas on the trail that are not marked well. Most of the elevation gain is near the end of the trail. If you just want to see the waterfall, it’s approximately 2.8 miles one way. Great hike!

Amazing place to visit. to get to the base of the last falls is no joke!!! the trail is not really marked follow creek down stream from the campground.

Hiked Thursday, 10/26/17: This has been my favorite hike from AllTrails. it was so pleasant and was able to hike three days before it closed for Winter. There always a beautiful view at the base across a small creek and a great view from the first landing of the tower at the top.

backpacking
9 months ago

Absolutely stunning! We backpacked mid-week in October and did not see or hear another soul. River crossings were no more than knee-height 2 days after a heavy rainfall. Plenty of campsites for tents or hammocks near the river. We hiked down Tearbritches and up Conasaugua River Trail, and we wished we had just done the full CRT. About the river crossings...we did 12 wet crossings between where the Tearbritches trail meets the CRT until where the Chestnut Lead trail meets the CRT. The first couple crossings, we took the time to remove our shoes, but gave up at the third - they were just too numerous. The fires from 2016 have left their mark and the trail is a bit difficult to follow in places. Some of the signage is on the ground and partially burned so our GPS with the tracks was helpful. There is a lot of treefall, but nothing treacherous. Trekking poles were invaluable, as were quick-drying shoes and an extra pair of dry socks for sleeping. We normally don't like trails with a lot of river crossings, but we can't wait until we have an opportunity to do the entire trail. We ran the shuttle with a front-wheel drive sedan, in case anyone is wondering about road conditions.

The top of the tower is chained off... you can only climb half way up the steps... decent view... would be a lot nicer if you could get to the top.... the road getting here takes like an hour.... bumpy forest road....

The hike to the falls required 10 creek crossings. We were able to keep our feet dry and our dog handled them all easily, but there had been no recent heavy rains. Trekking poles recommended. Lots of trash for the first couple of miles so if you can bring a trash bag to clean up after others, please do. The hike to the falls I would call moderate only because of the crossings. It is not steep but there are two or three scrambles that may challenge some people. There is a sign designating the trail to the falls vs. continuing on Emery Creek Trail at about 2 miles. From this point, the falls are only a few hundred yards away. Continuing on ECT is easy for about one mile, then it gets medieval. After passing a primitive campsite on hiker's left (with water source at the site) at about 3 miles, the trail crosses the creek then ascends steeply for the remainder of the trail. The trail is narrow, sloped, and has some fallen trees to navigate and a fair amount of briar crossing the trail. However there are some good views of Fort Mountain and walking through the pine forests covered in pine needles was nice. But be warned, it climbs over 700 feet per mile to the top! At the top is a car-camping area. Backpacking here would be easy because there are frequent campsites that will accommodate tents. Hammock camping would be a breeze. However, once it really starts climbing, tent campsites are absent until the top. Water sources are frequent for treating/filtering water until about 3 miles in, then there are two more water sources on the trail before reaching the top. A good overnighter would be to leave a car at the top, and camp somewhere above the falls. One of the most difficult parts of this as an out-and-back day hike is descending what was ascended, then knowing you need to do all the crossings again. Both my wife and I were spent after an out and back day hike. Unlike a lot of waterfall hikes, you can cool off in the water at the parking area. Plenty of places to hang a hammock next to the water.

This trail was really beautiful and fun with all the water crossings. We will for sure do this one again. It was a bit hard to find the trail in a few places, so stay vigilant. Also, one of the campsites had a pretty wicked yellow jackets nest that stung my girlfriend, my dog and me. All in all it was a lot of fun and incredibly beautiful to hike in early Autumn.

hiking
11 months ago

We could not find the trail. We asked the campers and no one knew. Would be nice to have a trail head marked. We went down several trails all the were the wrong trail. we would love to go back if I could just find it. Does anyone have any info for me?

Nice little trail, but took the forest road back down from the tower because we ran into some hunters on the trail coming back. Not sure if this is allowed but didn't want to get shot.

on Conasauga River Trail

11 months ago

Trail was hard to determine, many river crossings, long

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Awesome little hike. Tower is easy to climb and view is amazing!

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

We loved the trail. Easy hike and beautiful drive to get to it. Can't wait to hike it this fall.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

This trail is great! Very low traffic on the trail itself. Be prepared for 10 river crossings just to the falls themselves (about 2.5 miles in). We're not talking little streams you can skip across on dry rocks; I mean, mid-calf level waters that require a hiking sandal perhaps. There were also several campsites along the stretch that I'll happily return to in the future. The start of the trail has a bit of a boulder scramble to get up, but that's the toughest part. The trail itself is pretty flat. Would rate moderate. Blazes are neon green, and if in doubt, look for them across the river as that's likely where you need to go. The falls were a nice place to dry off and eat lunch before returning to the trailhead.

Trail was amazing , beautiful scenery with gorgeous creek and ultimately the waterfalls. Following the neon green blazes is a bit sketchy as some of the river crossings. Hard to spot a green blaze amongst all the greenery /trees . Lots of water flowing due to the rain so made for a beautiful waterfall! Highly recommend if you don't mind your feet wet - it is awesome

hiked this june 2017. great hike about 7 river crossings up to the falls.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Just completed, started 6/16 hiked back out 6/17, to the northern trail head. The river on 6/16 was higher due to the rainfall during the week. On Saturday while hiking out river level had dropped about 18". I would hike this during the week, a lot less people! Did not see one person until Saturday. At every river crossing there is a campsite or close by. Trekking poles are very helpful when the river level is high, take your time crossing you can not take back a miss placed step.

hiking
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Had an amazing time hiking and camping on this trail. Don't plan to wear any shoes you don't mind getting wet and walking around in. There are frequent creek crossings (about 20 if you go the full distance) that range from knee deep to waist deep. About half way through the trail, there is a turn-off for the largest of the waterfalls which was a fun pit-stop. We camped off of the trail near the creek on the north end of the trail and hiked back in the morning.

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hiked early June and did not realize how deep the river crossings were. Depending how far you go, there are 10-20 crossings and most are st least knee deep. I mistakenly wore my all leather Timberlands and sloshed for 4 hours! But beautiful trail with most being next to the river with lovely sounds all afternoon. Most hikers wore hiking sandals or hiking "sneakers" and did just fine.

hiking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

This is an old favorite! Plan to wear shoes you don't mind getting wet as there are a lot of stream crossings! All in all the trail is pretty easy and well marked (bright green blazes). The lower falls has a lagoon where you can swim and cool off during the scorching Georgia summer. The upper pools are nice too, just be careful as the rocks can be quite slippery. You'll hike through hardwood and pine forests, it's a wonderful hike!

I only went one mile in but I plan to return to explore further! I had my 11 year old son with me and after all of the river crossing he was pretty tired. We had such a fun time though exploring.

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