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

Nice hike out, moderately strenuous during the first mile climb. Bridge is worth seeing. The walk back is along a dirt road. total trip was 7 miles by my GPS.

Great hike past the swinging Bridge there was a few muddy spots but if you walk straight up the road on the other side it’s a nice easy hike

Very crowded but great hike with awesome view. And there is another great overlook if you go past preachers rock.

Nice little hike with the family beautiful view

16 days ago

Love this trail, it’s a go-to favorite for me and my dog. After lots of rain, be prepared for trickier creek crossings and to get wet. I’ve a 40 pound, nearly 7 year old terrier who is a seasoned trail dog - he had to scout the water crossings and find his way, wouldn’t recommend (after heavy rain) for a puppy or smaller dog. I was grateful for my hiking poles! Downed trees require some amount of ducking or scrambling over. Pretty view
at overlook and so so pretty throughout. Always a super fun afternoon! Dog was exhausted for two days; fantastic. ☺️

Super groovy hike. It rained a good bit before, which made it super muddy and fun. There were some pretty interesting creek crossings that really made the hike.

18 days ago

Love this trail. Beautiful walk along the water. Not hard but it does have some hills that may be hard if your not a hiker. Will differently do this hike again.

Nice views from the top. It’s borderline moderate. Not as strenuous as others. Finished in about 2.5 hours.

Really nice, fairly quick hike. The view from Preacher's Rock is outstanding. Overall not too strenuous.

22 days ago

easy hike. dog friendly. the swinging bridge is awesome! busy trail though

1 month ago

Great trail. Could use some trail maintenance over the creek crossings and some more trail markings along the trail. I get panicky (wife does) when she doesn’t see markings. Dogs were worn out

Used this as our first little backpacking trip. it was wonderful. beautiful campsite at the top.

Pretty trail that’s probably amazing in spring. As mentioned, Jarrard and Slaughter trails not well marked. Therefore, I felt like Moses wandering through the desert. AT section is nice. $5 fee for parking, cash or check only.

Atlanta trails has better info on route to take and landmarks. Highly advise starting at Jarrard end and not the Slaughter end.

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.

2 months ago

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.

As others have mentioned this trail is not accurately described. The GPS track that looks like it is part of the trail is actually a dirt road that leads down to a small parking area that then leads out to the suspension bridge. This is also definitely not 9 miles, however we still had a nice walk with our dog in the areas that were less crowded and felt comfortable taking her off leash and exploring some of the other roads in the national Forest.

Very short trail with the possibility of wading in the creek during warm weather. At the end of the trail attempting to walk up towards the falls for a better view on land is treacherous. It is better to wade in the water during warm weather. We visited on a cold day in November so elected to enjoy our lunch on a big rock at the end of the trail while listening to the falls.

Pretty well maintained trail meanders above creek.

We went last Sunday and loved it!! Lots of little waterfalls and a beautiful view. Had to climb over a couple fallen trees and hop a few streams which was no trouble. Great hike!!

Great trail , two really great views , colorful !

Always have enjoyed this hike. Preachers Rock has wonderful views, and because of that can be crowded. Don’t let it scare you though, it’s worth it.

It was a perfect day for spending a few hours on the trail. The little bridge over the tree roots was creative.

2 months ago

This loop is actually Jarrard Gap trail to AT to Slaughter Creek trail. The Jarrard section was poorly marked in some places. At one point, after losing the trail near an old campsite and wandering for 20 minutes, I ended up just sitting on a log and waiting until someone came down the mountain from the other direction - never would have found the trail otherwise. The AT section doesn't really have any views even though it follows the ridgeline, thanks to the tree cover. Recommend doing a spur up the AT to Blood Mountain, which has a great view and is worth the extra mile or so. The Slaughter Creek section was the prettiest, with lovely foliage and lots of picturesque creek crossings. Next time, I would choose to do Slaughter Creek out and back. My dog liked this hike and had no problems with the terrain.

Really nice section of the AT. Hike up to Preachers is nice, view at the top is great! I went past Preachers and down to the Dockery lake trail. Out and back about 6 miles. Don’t miss the other overlook past Preachers.

truly spectacular! streams and rhododendron tunnels, followed by gorgeous ridgeline views, then back down into the valley

This is definitely a moderate to easy family and pet friendly trail. There are some somewhat steep sections but nothing really intense. Unfortunately for us, we chose an overcast foggy day to hike this trail. After hiking to the scenic summit, we could only see the fog. We will have to pick a better day for this one.next time. Good day for exercise, but not for pics. There were only a few places where you would be able to get a scenic look if it wasn't fogged in.

3 months ago

Very enjoyable easy hike. Follow the green blazes to avoid wrong turns. We went clockwise which means the steepest segment came early as an ascent. A few stream crossings on slippery rocks so poles recommended. Also some uneven terrain with rocks and roots that could trip you up. Overlook worth the detour. Interesting diverse flora but too early for fall colors.

The hike was great. We arrived around 9:00 a.m. Not too many people there until we hiked back. The view was spectacular! Would do it again

3 months ago

nice trail a little confusing but some great spots to camp

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