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Great Hike. Champion trail is very steep. Not for beginner hikers....

Loved it but This. Was. Hard. I don’t hike often so that was part of it but the trail down to the creek is steep and can be treacherous. The hike back up from the creek felt like it was straight up... I had to stop in several places. It’s only a little over 2 miles long but If you don’t like strenuous trails then you will NOT like this trail. Other than that...Really pretty hike and the creek down at the bottom is awesome! (Oh yeah.. and make sure you have bug spray! 100% deet worked great. Not a tick on me but there was a family leaving when we got there and the husband had 13 ticks on him! And their dogs were covered too...)

The previous gentleman was not kidding about the ticks - I have pulled NO LESS than two dozen off my dog and me since yesterday, and that was after repeated coats of bug spray! The trail is not well trafficked and so there are spots that are a bit overgrown, which adds to the charm. I walk with a cane and there are parts that were too narrow to use my cane next to me. This is not a complaint, just be prepared for it. One tree covers the path, but it has been there for a while and is not too much of a challenge to get over. The trail follows a pretty strenuous down, and then up, hill hike in a relatively short period of time. Even my four-legged companion was wiped after this one. The lack of city noise and other hikers make this a top hike in my opinion.

I live close to this trail and hike it often. It’s fairly strenuous, but not impossible and gives you a good cardio workout on the way up the mountain. Not the most scenic of hikes, but the creek at the bottom of the loop is nice and relaxing. Also, I have seen snakes, bears, turkeys, and various reptiles along the trail the many times I’ve hiked it. Best time of year to hike is the spring, in my opinion (a lot of spider webs on many summer days, and the leaves on the ground in fall can make the steep parts treacherous). I like this trail a lot, but I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to hike it.

if you take Champion Creek Trail it will definitely wear you out. There are a lot of steep hills. You absolutely must bring bug spray on this route though because it is a tick Metropolis. Drench the bottoms of your pant legs and mist the rest of your body with your hair.

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6 months ago

Great hike, pretty landscape. Killer climb out... after you go down to the river, the walk out is steep but an amazing workout.

did this trail in the summer time in tennis shoes. loved the trail and the elevation is pretty steep.

Short walk for the smaller one. Will try the others another time.

Trail: Preserve (yellow blazes)
Dist: 1.0 mi
Duration: well-paced 40 minutes
Condition: Good
Views: only after leaf drop, Grandview Lake, SharpTop Mtn.
Date of visit: 2/24
traffic: light
Location: visibly marked, easy to get to, Ga Hwy 136
PARKING: Flat gravel lot for 10-12 vehicles
Wildlife: A few birds here and there. Inactive this particular morning.

We took our boys—8&6–and it was the perfect distance and duration for the whole family. The trail starts out relatively flat with little gain, but begins to lose elevation quickly when it forks off from the Champion Creek Trail. The elevation lost is regained quickly at the convergence of the Champion Creek Trail near the end.
The view of Grandview Lake is only visible when there are no leaves. A little past the halfway point, a small mountain spring provides a cool rest point and place for kids to splash in a few holding pools.
After the hike, the Burnt Mtn Overlook is about a mile down the road for impressive views, as is Eagles Rest Park on Mt. Oglethorpe with several viewing decks and trails.

I hike a lot and consider myself in decent shape for 50, but the climb out on the Champions trail is difficult. The walk down on the way in is moderate to difficult, it's a steep drop over a slippery trail. Once at the bottom, the waterfall is nice. I would not recommend this for beginners or someone who is not in good physical condition. This is wilderness, there is no way out except to climb the hill, and any kind of a rescue would be hard due to the heavy tree cover.

Lovely hike on a cold and sunny day. Very steep. This would be difficult without trekking poles, with the build-up of leaves on the trail. Beautiful, almost 360 view of the mountains from the crest in the winter. Pretty creek at the bottom.

Loved the variety of mushrooms to photograph when I went a few months ago. Saw a water snake curled up by the creek. it's a bit of uphill work getting from the creek back to the trailhead.

I've gone hiking maybe three times in my life. My husband picked this trail for my first hike in Georgia. I'm not an outdoorsy person and don't enjoy strenuous hiking but my husband said it would be a nice walk. I thought I was going to die. It's a steep loop down and a steep loop back up. The fallen leaves made it hazardous since it was hard to see the rocks. The scenery was pretty as was the creek at the bottom. Now that I see the difficulty rating, it's definitely not for a new middle-aged hiker like myself.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

The trail was well marked. It was steep going back up but not to bad. There was a nice stream at the bottom which was a nice for our dog to play on the rocks and get a drink. We did see a family of bears run up the ridge and saw some scat by the creek. There wasn’t an overlook but the forest foliage was full of color.

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Eh... not much to talk about...
It was okay.

hiking
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Went on the longest trail, was a 2 mile hike. One down and one up. You decline close to 800ft elevation and have to walk right back up. I am overweight and not the best hiker, we go sometimes, but this trail was strenuous to me. I made it though. Would do it again. Recommend you have lots of water. There is fresh water at the bottom of you don’t mind creek water. Lots of rocks and trunks and roots. We loved it. I am sore though haha.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Beige. Dry. Nothing noteworthy for the senses. Suspect the views will improve in wintertime; but that wouldn't entice me back. Too many trails in GA to waste your time/energy on this one.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Great trail. Straight down halfway then straight up the last half! Beautiful creek and waterfalls at the halfway point kids loved it. It's difficult for reason, It is straight up the last half of the trail! We had a great time, took us about 3 1/2 hours to complete the hike.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Tracker read closer to 3 miles. Down hill and steep a little more than half of the way the back up hill the rest of the trek along the creek line. Ran across a 4 foot rattler on the way down, didn't see any other wild life.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Great Trail. Very steep going down. Not too steep coming out. Beautiful sycamore trees. Incredible canopy of trees.

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Sunday, September 03, 2017

Wasn't terrible. Had a good time but I won't go again unless I go on the longest one that's more difficult because there isn't much to see on the trail I went on which was the moderate one

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Monday, August 14, 2017

I'm no expert hiker, but I would call this a pretty rough go. the scenery is beautiful, there is no water in the creeks, and I swear it was uphill both ways. starts off on an incline then you get a little rest and look around and the last part is a booger. We will go back but we're probably going to start on the easy Trail first.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

This is basically plundering around in the woods. The trail is lightly treaded for sure, hard to even see a trail at times. Theres going to be spider webs every 20 yards, be prepared. Creek wasn't really worth it. Saw a bear that was cool. But seriously not worth it.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The white marker trail is more like 3 miles than the advertised 2 miles. Very steep hike on the back half. You'll pay to see the river/creek at the half way point. Moderate/Difficult

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Excellent short hike, especially the steep incline in the last quarter mile helps to get your heart rate up.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

As others have stated, the trail is steep and challenging (perhaps why it's named the champion trail). It takes time to descend to the creek without slipping. If you're not one who frequents inclines, then this could pose a problem. If you're cautious and watching your step then it is no problem. Should you barrel through with the intent of mastering the trail within a half hour then you're not going to have a good time. Be patient, enjoy nature, and challenge yourself - that's what this trail is all about.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Did the champion trail loop. Nice view of surrounding mountains in winter. Can't say peaceful stroll except at the bottom along the creek bed. Steep and slippery in places going down and relentless, heart-pounding climb back up. Steep and leaves make it slippery and hard to see roots or rocks.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

I went and I must say it was steep & the leaves made it very hard.. I thought it was a shorter hike but the champion trail is quite a challenge if ur not in shape.. I made it almost through it but got nerves cause it was getting dark.. there is only marker on 1 side of the tree which I decided to turn back which made it hard to stay on trail .. pls be aware of the champion trail is for very fit ppl

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Leaves make for a slippery downhill on the yellow trail but it's a challenging and pretty hike. I'll be back.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

champion trail this morning. Short loop but the last half is challenging. The creek would look amazing if we ever get any rain. Very peaceful. Should have better views when all the foliage falls. Will be back!

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