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Black Rock: James Edmond and Tennessee Rock Trails

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Black Rock Mountain State Park   Hike: Black Rock: James Edmond and Tennessee Rock Trails  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Apr 2 2023  9:15 am >> Sun, Apr 2 2023 3:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:15 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Mar 26 2023 8:02 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Apr 1 2023 7:00 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours 15 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:9.4 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Joyce B.
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Welcome Spring by joining me for a hike on the Tennessee Rock and James Edmond Trails at Black Rock Mountain State Park. Five mountains combine to make this the highest state park in Georgia with Black Rock Mountain the highest of the group at 3,640 feet.

The Tennessee Rock trail will be our warm up for the much longer, harder James Edmond trail. It is a 2.2 mile trail with modest elevation. The trail leads to the highest elevation point at 3,640 feet. We'll walk along the Eastern Continental Divide to Tennessee Rock with views to north and west. Another lookout has a view to the east, where Brasstown Bald and Clingmans Dome can be seen on a clear day.

After completing the Tenn Rock loop, we'll join the 7.2 mile James Edmond loop trail. This is where we'll see most of the elevation gain - with most of that at the end of the hike. Since we end the hike climbing, that means we begin this trail descending. We pass through a thick forest along a stream and pass a small but charming waterfall. We make our way to the spectacular view off Lookout Mountain of Wolffork Valley. We'll stop here to enjoy the view and have our lunch.

We'll finish the loop ending with almost 1000 feet elevation gain in the last two miles; approximately 2500 gain for the hike. For this reason, this is NOT a starter D4. Some trip leaders have rated this hike at D5 but I will be maintaining a moderate pace of 2.5-2.7. I want to see D4 experience in your hike history; otherwise, I'll be contacting you.

Dress in layers; this is the highest park in Georgia so it will be chillier at the peaks.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early. There is not a restroom at the trailhead. You can stop in Clayton or drive past the trailhead to the Visitor Center (where there is also a wonderful view).

Required Items to Bring:

Water (recommend 2 L)
Lunch or snacks
Hiking shoes with good traction
State Park Pass or $5 for day pass
Cash for driver if joining a carpool

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Insect repellent
Hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

For your location use Google directions with the Tennessee Rock Loop Trail trailhead for your destination.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):188Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:15 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $75.20 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.


Parking requires a Georgia State Parks annual pass or $5 day pass.

Event duration is for the hike. It does not include travel time.

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