Reviewed by Colfax on March 27, 2013
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This is one of the better trails I've done here in Georgia. While admittedly, I haven't gone on more than a dozen hikes since arriving a few months ago, this trail seemed to couple many of the things I look for in a hike. The primary one being elevation! The stated elevation from the parking lot to the top was about 800 feet, but it felt a little bit more than that to me - and especially to my wife!
The parking lot sits next to a lake - with a 1 mile loop around it. It served as a good warm up before hitting the elevation. The first half mile is walking through the campsite which looks like a terrific place to bring the kids and make a weekend out of it. Paddle boats adorn the lake. There is a great playground and we even saw a basic, but well maintained mini-golf spot right on site. Despite it being winter and relatively cold (and wet), there were a lot of people out and about and evidence of many campers in both the cabins and in tents.
Like most trails here in GA, this one was well marked and maintained with bright green rectangles on trees every 300 yards or so. (see pictures). The footing got tricky at times for inexperienced hikers or the very young or elderly as there were several times we had to cross streams on slippery rocks. For what it's worth, there was a female college student that we met at the top who did the hike in flip flops, so footing is probably hardly worth mentioning. For the most part, the trail winds along the stream the entire time. There are a couple of small waterfalls (1-2'), but nothing much worth noting.
Unfortunately, on the day we arrived to the top, the canyon below was covered in fog. We took a picture anyway and you can see the lake a little bit.
It's been a few weeks since we did the hike, so I have surely forgotten some of the things I would normally include in a review. Regardless, I'll be hitting this trail again. Yay for elevation!! I'll upload 3-4 pictures.
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