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Black Rock Mountain State Park Trails

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Mountain City, GA
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 28 2021  8:30 am >> Sat, Aug 28 2021 3:30 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Aug 23 2021 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 27 2021 7:00 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Joseph Wang
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Black Rock Mountain State Park is Georgia's highest state park, which encompasses some of the most outstanding scenery in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Roadside overlooks provide spectacular 80-mile vistas, and four hiking trails lead visitors past wildflowers, streams, small waterfalls and lush forests. 

We'll start our hike at the Tennessee Rock/James E. Edmond Trailhead at 8:30am and do a figure 8 of both trails totalling about 10 miles and a little over 2,000 ft of elevation gain. We'll stop for water breaks throughout the hike to keep the group together and enjoy the mountain views. 

The James E. Edmonds Backcountry Trail, named in honor of one of the park’s first rangers, offers both day hiking and backcountry camping. This trail is quite steep in a number of places and is rated as “moderate to strenuous.” In laurel-filled coves, the trail follows cascading streams with small waterfalls. In the northernmost section of the park, the trail climbs to the summit of Lookoff Mountain and offers a stunning vista of Wolffork Valley and surrounding mountain ranges.

The yellow-blazed Tennessee Rock Trail, winds its way through some of the highest and lushest forests. Rated as “easy to moderate,” the trail offers most visitors a perfect opportunity to get better acquainted with the area’s rich woodlands and vistas, that on clear days span over 80 miles into the neighboring states of both North and South Carolina, as well as Tennessee. The effects from an EF-2 tornado are clearly visible on the trail’s western edge, as hikers begin the climb to Black Rock Mountain’s summit. While the damage to the forest is saddening to an extent, downed trees have enhanced vistas at several points along the trail and opened the thick woods for new growth.

Entrance to the park is $5 per vehicle.


This is a high end D4 hike, recent D4 experience with the club is necessary to join.

Required Items to Bring:


Water (2L at least)

Comfortable hiking shoes/boots

Change of clothes/shoes for the ride back

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles


Rain Gear (if rainy)

Bug Spray

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will meet at the Tennesse Rock Loop Trailhead. Trailhead Location

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