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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.

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.

hiking
16 days 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

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

We loved this hike! Definitely a workout but we worth it! We went past preachers rock and there was another stunning view. We hiked about four miles in and then four miles back. Well worth the hike.

easy and great short hike!

Easy fun hike. Great place to stick your feet in the creek.

Agree with other reviews...moderate hike, decent workout, KILLER view.

Amazing views! I got stung by a yellow jacket but it was no big deal. Totally worth it;)

This was a beautiful, moderate hike! Our weather was great. If you walk a little past preacher’s rock to where the trail splits - take the trail to the right with the blue blazes and you get a second, beautiful overlook.

The views from Preachers Rock are gorgeous! Could have stayed up there all day. The hike up, while not extremely difficult, did get a good muscle burn going on. The hike is dog friendly if they are on leash. I brought one of my pups along for it. He had a great time. This trail is pretty crowded through and through. I did go on a Saturday, I'm sure that didn't help.

So the actual hike wasn't difficult. The views from Preacher's Rock are pretty awesome. We went early to try and catch the sunrise... but what we actually caught was a nice walk in the clouds. The temperature was very pleasant and the added moisture from the clouds was nature's A/C. However the map from Alltrails was a bit misleading. The was our first trip so I relied solely on the app. It had us walking an extra mile thinking there was more to see... There was not. So unless you are planning on hiking to Blood Mountain don't go past Preacher's Rock.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike when combined with Preachers rock.

Trail is in great condition! Beautiful overlook, and as other reviews have said, lots of hills coming back! Marked well.

birding
2 months ago

Short. Easy to see a pretty waterfall! Lots of birds too!

Hiked this trail with my 8 year old and we loved it. Lots of flowers, butterflies, rocks and roots to make an interesting hike. The view at preachers tick is amazing. Only bummer is the lack of parking.

Great hike with two beautiful overlooks (great place to stop and take pictures)! Trail is in great condition. It is a little hilly coming back but overall a great hike!

arrived abt 4pm parking lots on both sides were jammed packed. trilhead not clear on the particular blazes. surprisingly not crowded and enjoyable the entire way. my husband and I with our 2 teen boys and two dogs enjoyed the peacefulness and the well maintained trail. the view at preachers rock was gorgeous and some people congregated to chat. the dogs loved the ups and downs and couple switchbacks broke things up. I even appreciated the bathroom when getting back down! the little joys....

fun trail. second time doing this loop trail. great hike.

went to preachers rock with wife and another great couple. headed to preachers rock for the view. kind of steep till the view. what a view it is. could see 6 mountain ranges from the rock of preaching.

This part of the Appalachian seemed well traveled and was well marked and has two great outlook areas that are top shelf. Wife and I hiked it out and back with no problems. all the steep areas are stepped with rocks so it was easy both up and down. would do it again.

Awesome trail, we had such a wonderful hike. The weather was perfect. Lots of shade and a wonderful workout! Preachers Rock was a magnificent view, totally worth it!

Great little hike. Most of it is easy but about 1/4 mile is uphill. Nice camping spots along the trail!

hiking
3 months ago

I bagged Coosa Bald and Slaughter Mountain starting from WolfPen Gap on the Duncan Ridge Trail. Both of these mountains are on the GA 4000 Challenge. I did Coosa Bald out and back from Wolfpen Gap (heading north on the trail) on State Road 180. Then I did Slaughter from the Gap south. Duncan Ridge goes right over the top of Coosa Bald and the USGS Benchmark is easy to find. Duncan Ridge does NOT go over the summit of Slaughter. You have to leave the trail and bushwhack to the summit. If you follow the ridge line that runs north toward Duncan Ridge the summit is only about 300 to 400 yards off the trail. You would think it is an easy bushwhack. In August it is not. There is no a herd path to the top, at least not one that I could find. The top of Slaughter is covered with undergrowth (ferns, weeds and wait-a-minute vines with stickers) as much as chest high. When you get to the top of Slaughter there is nothing to see (in August). I stood on an pile of boulder (the highest point) but could find no Benchmark...perhaps in the winter one could be found. Recommend long pants for Slaughter.

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