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What a beautiful sight. From every lookout there were amazing views and do not skimp. Do them all! We did not get a day pass to go down and get the more experienced hike. Because there was rain that morning they didn't give any out. Even without the day hike pass it was still a bit challenging for myself. The stairs going back up were difficult, not going to lie. The view is worth it though. I would hate to discourage someone from seeing these awesome views. Just know if you have health issues to know your limits.

Nice winter hike through the woods, but I (and two other parties I ran into) couldn't find the trail to the river. About 2.2 miles in, the trail turns into a subdivision road... no clear trail beyond it. After searching in vain, we turned back. Still a decent hike.

Took the AT approach trail to walk the steps up. The steps are not for the faint of heart. The views of the falls on the way up are great. And at the top is awesome. Took the East trail on the way back down. Very rocky at the top. Watch your footing so as to not roll an ankle. The trail itself is nice, wooded.

on Iron Hill Trail

hiking
1 day ago

Great views and fairly easy trail. Overall super easy. Enjoyed it a lot and a nice trail to do with young children. Great for beginners

Great place to spend the day ,picnic ,hike ,camp ,kids playground .

Very good day hike that's full of good views. I walked it but met several bikers along the way. It could be better marked as we got off trail a few times and saw lots of trash in certain areas

Great trail with lots of beautiful views! Kind of busy, but we waited to go until the tower was open - very neat observation decks at the overlooks as well. Lots of history! Full trail review + more pics coming to our hiking blog soon - www.Wander-Full-Life.com

Nice hike with quite a bit of incline. I struggled to get to the top, definitely had to stop and rest for a couple of minutes about 5 times! Views from the top are stunning!

Excellent for kids. Nice trail for moderately fit people . Trail is easy just a bit of an incline. I did it with a 5 year old and he handled it well.quick movie at top of mountain

Super easy. Great for beginners and kids.cons: near highway

Beautiful falls quick hike. Great for kids. Takes about 15 minutes to hike with a 6 year old :)

Great hike, the vista is worth the hike up,lots of roots and rocks under foot

walking
2 days ago

This is a perfect small morning/warm-up hike, or perfect for all skill sets. There are a lot of cool views of the lake, blood mountain, and a waterfall the leads to small creek/river.

walking
2 days ago

great trail if you are with small kids.
multiple attractions around and you can always drop by to Helen for a burger and beer afterwards.
if you look for serious hikes this trail is not for you.

hiking
2 days ago

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

hiking
2 days ago

Family Hike to see some rushing water,Waterfalls are great!!

this trail was a lot of fun. However having done this just after several days of rain I'd say this trail is fairly challanging when wet. several of the creek crossings were very wide and required light wading to get across. Nothing a good pair of high top hiker boots couldn't handle.
also it was very slick. leaves covered the mud and made some parts rather difficult. a few downed trees also required climbing to get around.
all and all it was a great hike.

Byron-Reece to Freeman and then up the backside of Blood Mountain via the AT is the easier direction of travel. As other reviewers say, this is a challenge and took a solid 5 hours with stops for pics and lunch, but it’s a great hike in the fall/winter. Trekking poles will make life easier. Be sure to head east on the AT for about 100 yards at the intersection of Byron-Reece and Freeman to see the balancing boulder.

Nice trail for a stroll through the woods, you kind of have to watch your step right now with all the leaves covering the rocks and roots.

$5 parking fee. Trails were decent, not a lot of wildlife at this time of year. Bought a couple shower passes for $2 each as the SO and I are on a long road trip. We parked away from the campers and walked over to the showers only to be told we need to move our vehicle as it is “frowned upon to park on the grass.” We needed to move 10 ft to the left... on the grass. Gates are open until 10pm and another worker harassed us about leaving at 6pm. Not sure if they just don’t like out-of-staters but they were not the friendliest bunch of staff.

This is one of my N Ga favorites. Great views at the top, rugged trails, and always a few other happy hikers! All the trails are well marked and easy to follow, but it’s not just a nature walk so be prepared.

Great for the family!

hiking
5 days ago

Unexpectedly beautiful waterfalls. Moderately busy on weekends in the Fall.

Awesome trail! I highly recommend it!

We did the full loop on an early November day after a few days of torrential rains here in the Dalton area. As a result, all of the streams, springs and creeks were swollen. In the part of the trail that goes through the valley floor, there are many streams that are easy to step across in normal conditions, however, on this day, the width of the streams varied from 3 feet to 15 feet in width that we had to cross. We actually had to ford one stream, but were able to leap across with a running start, or make steppingstones for the other ones. We crossed at least 20 streams as we hiked along the valley floor. While these many water challenges added additional challenges to the trek, it also made the completion that much more satisfactory to us. Great trek! We started at the trailhead at 11 AM, and finished the loop at 2:30 PM. We stopped frequently for pictures and to formulate strategies for crossing the many streams. We did not see a single other hiker, and did not hear any traffic or other noise, which gave this loop a refreshing, backcountry feel. Enjoy!

on Hemlock Falls Trail

5 days ago

The stairs are difficult but worth it.

Pleasant trail. Many viewpoints along the canyon ridges. Expect heavy traffic on weekends...

Well-maintained and in the fall extra special with the changing of the leaves. We made it in time to venture up and inside the CCC fire tower and although it was foggy the view was nice.

My uncle and I circumvented the trail surrounding Fort Mountain State Park in a little over 5 hours. The trail is well-maintained and several of the views are spectacular, I hear. We were among the clouds during our hike and although the vistas were not available to us the scenery and foliage was and it is tremendous.

not really a hard hike but you can see the beauty of nature

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