Black Rock Mountain State Park - Sun, Dec 16 2018

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Black Rock Mountain State Park

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: 3085 Black Rock Mountain Pkwy, Mountain City, GA 30562   Hike: Black Rock Mountain State Park  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Dec 16 2018  8:30 am >> Sun, Dec 16 2018 6:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Dec 13 2018 7:17 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Dec 15 2018 8:00 pm
Event Duration:10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:9.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Ann Howard
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 16 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


It's been a long time since I have been back to Black Rock Mountain State Park, so come and join me for a winter hike that should have great views over the surrounding area if the weather permits. 

We will do the 7.2 mile James E. Edmonds back country trail as well as the 2.2 mile Tennessee Rock Loop Trail, if time permits we may go and see Ada-hi Falls, a short .25 miles! 

James E. Edmunds Trail:

This 7.2 mile double lollipop trail is rated moderate to strenuous with a few steep sections. We will take the west fork of the trail first descending down from 3446 feet to 2241 feet at Black Rock Lake, after passing the lake we will continue on until we get to Looooff Mountain stopping for food and to take in the view across Wolffork Valley. We will return via the east fork of the trail  passing Scruggs Knob and climbing up and out until we reach the start of the Tennessee Rock Trail.

Tennessee Rock Trail:

The Tennessee Rock trail is an easy to moderate trail that is around 2.2 miles, it passes through many woodlands and also has many vistas that we will stop to admire the view.  We will stop at the summit of Black Rock Mountain and take the obligatory photos before we head back to our cars. 

I will allow up to 3 well behaved dogs on this trip, as per park regulations they will have to be kept on leash. 

This is a tough hike and if you do not have any recent D3/D4 experience I will be contacting you to see if you are suitable for this trip. 

I plan to stop for food after the hike in Clayton, plan your carpool accordingly. 

Required Items to Bring:
  • plenty of water 
  • food/snacks
  • hiking boots or trail shoes
  • multiple layers of clothing


Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • trekking poles / hiking stick
  • camera
  • good sense of humor

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Directions will be distributed at the carpool location.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):182Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $72.80 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


There is a $5 parking fee, unless you have a State Park parking pass.

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Cost Includes:

Please bring cash to share gas expenses with carpool drivers.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

The hike will be cancelled within 24 hours of the start time, if chance of  rain and/or thunderstorms.