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Great hike ,started at the Trackrock Gap, on Sunday Jan.6th. We are a group of 6 preparing for Kill. First 1.5 miles of the hike was difficult but doable then became a regular hike. After hiking for 3.5 miles the trail was impassable with many fallen Rhododendron trees blocking the trail ,so we hiked back to the starting point.
We drove to the Brasstown Bald visitors center and hiked up to the summit .Views from the observatory tower were stunning on that clear pleasant day.

Love this trail! Great for a short hike in the woods, going to the right from the trail head marker (Homestead Trail sign) puts the lake on your right for about half the hike, the second half is then back in the woods.

Nice drive for the family sedan. Not a 4x4 trail but dirt road with nice views. Sought a moderate 4 wheeling trail and never took it out of two wheel drive. However for a family picnic it is nice. Just leave the rig at home.

hiking
9 days ago

This is a really great trail for weekend walking. We started taking my dog here when she was just a little puppy and I had to carry her for about a third of it. Now that she is over a year old she loves it and has no problem!

Well maintained easy trail. Main parking lot is currently a mess the area is under construction so parking is becoming an issue due the park being highly trafficked. Found a couple areas where there's a bunch of debris and it looks like it's been there for a while. Don't be intimidated by the Heart Attack Hill is literally a tiny hill.

walking
12 days ago

This is a wonderful walk around a very historical Civil War site. I also recommend checking out the National Prisoner of War Museum, and Andersonville National Cemetery that are on the same site

trail running
12 days ago

Been running the inner and outer for years. Definitely a go to if you’re in the area!

hiking
13 days ago

Arkaquah Trail or I should say "Arkaquah HELL" trail lol
I have to say we had an intense workout on this trail, but definitely a great time with my group.

We started at Trackrock Gap with a brutal and steep ascend about 1.6 miles without a flat section to rest! Some of us had to stop for a few seconds to catch our breath, while others had to relieve the pain in their legs. I personally felt like my calves were about to explode at any moment lol.

This is one of those trails that you either love it or hate it. Arkaquah is already rated as difficult and what made this hike even more intense was the fact that for the last couple of weeks the area had underwent some bad rainstorms. With that said, the soil was extremely saturated in some areas due to rain and melting ice which caused lots of trees to be down, and even worse lots of rhododendrons down and tangled on the trail. At about 2.7 miles in, we encountered a section where the majority of the side of the mountain was all washed out. No trail at all, just crazy saturated soil and fallen trees, making it very difficult to make our way through!!!!!

Luckily we had a couple of axes that we managed to use to chop some of the branches. The work was hard, and even then we were only able to clear some. Our hiking boots completely disappeared....sunken into the mud making it very hard to take another step! We went over, under, and crawled leaving us with scratches from branches and rocks. There was no way to keep pressing forward without the help of each other and giving it our all! Teamwork was present and definitely necessary. The ground was giving under us so we had to grab hands, legs, and push each other up the mountain to get back on the trail. An incredible amount of energy was burned in a 0.5 mile of madness. We had no choice but to get down and dirty if we wanted to make it to the other side.
But we all made it... and felt very proud about our accomplishments! We continued on with a rollercoaster hike ahead of us, over the crest of the mountains. There were a few steep and steady sections, but nothing compared to what we had come out of. Despite the difficulties this hike threw at us, we really enjoyed this hike!

Finally, some of our peeps reached Brasstown bald parking lot around 3:30pm, while the rest of the group arrived around 4:30pm more or less. All our efforts and hard work was paid in full after seeing the amazing views from the summit of Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia.

We were supposed to hike in and out with a total of 11 miles, but because of the crazy condition of the mountain it consumed more of our time than we wanted. We were just one hour from sunset, and for safety reasons, we were unable to hike back. None the less, it would have been a very crazy and suicidal decision to hike back lol.

That left us time to check out the petroglyph at the beginning of the trail, and with no more time wasted, we headed to the nearest restaurant for a cold beer and a warm meal.
Amazing Hike.
Proud of all my peeps.
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hiking
15 days ago

Love this trail when its clear but as Merrill mentioned below there is a ton of deadfall, mostly rhododendron, down on the trail right now. Also a huge section of side slope washed down the hillside where a couple of large trees came down. This was right on a steep switchback too and the whole area gave way. It's a hand-to-foot scramble in wet mud to get up to where the trail is and very steep. Not really safe right now, especially in that area. We trudged through to the parking lot at the top but got a ride back to Trackrock Gap.

awesome trail

hiking
24 days ago

Have hiked the Homestead several times and always enjoy it. Very few trouble areas and good for most all physical condition levels.

Trail begins to the left of the park visitors center and shares a couple of sections early on with the Sweet Gum trail so pay attention to signs.

About halfway through, the trail descends to water level with a nice view of the lake and a good spot for pets to take a dip in the water.

Note: We have encountered snakes sunning in the middle of the trail twice on the loop portion where the trail widens. They were non venomous snakes and we had plenty of room to navigate around them. Do not let this deter you! The hike is lovely.

hiking
1 month ago

A group of 4 attempted on 12/15/18. About 3.5 miles in from the start (on top of the mtn) there are so many rhododendron trees down that it is impassible. We fought through the first 7-10 of them but were finally turned back when we came to a section that was not passable. Assumption is that storm on previous weekend took these down. Not sure who maintains, but if you know of the proper trail club, please alert.

This trail was pretty brutal and hard on the knees. I definitely recommend trekking poles. This trail seems to be a constant up and down with not much in between! That being said, it's a beautiful trail that offers some gorgeous views once you are on the ridge. The second half of it you go into a rhododendron type cove that's really beautiful and gives you some relief from the climbs. Be careful doing this after heavy rain. Some of the rocky areas are a little treacherous.

hiking
1 month ago

A good workout.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with awesome views. Fairly easy hiking. There was some climbing in elevation but nothing difficult.

Easy trail. Didn’t like how there’s no proper parking spot as it is under big construction at the moment.

pretty and easy. there were some detours and walks through campsites which made it not great but trail well maintained

hiking
2 months ago

the trail is washed out by fallen trees at about 3.35 miles in and sporadically throughout to brasstown bald.

Nice place to come for a easy walk in the woods. Very beautiful in the fall!

A great easy trail to just jump on with nice variety. very pretty, well maintained. One of my favorite.

hiking
3 months ago

Great stroll around Red Top with views of Allatoona Lake. It’s more like 5.5 miles total.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Decent and fun ride for us (and I'm a beginner)! Some hills but not impossible. Good combination of lake views and woods as well.

An easy but a decent hiking trail which surrounds the lake in the Fort Yargo State Park.

hiking
3 months ago

I've been hiking this trail 2 to 3 times a month for the last five or six years. Winter, spring, summer, and fall I keep coming back.It helps keep you in shape for other more difficult hies but it is best used to get some alone time. I go during the week and often times can hike the whole way without encountering another soul.
My dog has been along on most every hike and knows her way around without hesitation. I love hiking in north Ga. but this one is home!

mountain biking
3 months ago

great ride. enjoyed it.

4 months ago

Hiked from Brasstown Bald to Trackrock Gap! Being a senior citizen (70) & “flatlander” (Louisiana), I thought I’d try the predominantly downhill trail first! Look forward to going back later in the fall for more great views! Other reviewers mentioned the tough “uphill” from Trackrock at the beginning, but it wasn’t a picnic for these tired old knees going downhill either! Very little water so better pack yours in! Definitely take hiking sticks! Lifesavers! 3 1/2 hours! Not bad for an old guy! Hike on!

Just a heads up: the trailhead is on the opposite side of the road from the parking lot. Don't make the mistake I made, and take the game trail in front of the parking lot.

hiking
4 months ago

One of the best hikes I have ever done.
The trail is some what easy with some small inclinations. Its basically a 3.5 mile loop with 2 mile extension. Half way is scenic with lake on one side. You can enjoy the small beaches alongside the trail. We have covered the adjacent Sweet Gum Trail and this one in one stretch.

Favorite trail at the park. Challenging, but nice shaded trails, cool views, and dog friendly. 10/10 would recommend to a friend!

i love coming here when its time to escape go for a walk with your family or sit by the water with a good book .. it is rather busy on weekends but over all its a great place

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