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Black Rock Mountain, GA

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Rated  Favorite Wish List GA > Highlands
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 9.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,280 feet
Elevation Gain 360 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4-5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.2
Interest Perennial Waterfall, Perennial Creek & Peak
Backpack Yes
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14  2006-08-05 Crzy4AZ
Author Crzy4AZ
author avatar Guides 31
Routes 96
Photos 2,588
Trips 589 map ( 2,119 miles )
Age 46 Female Gender
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Preferred   May, Oct, Sep, Apr
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:21am - 6:31pm
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Where rhododendron rule
by Crzy4AZ

Likely In-Season!
Black Rock Mountain at 3640 feet is in the highest state park in Georgia and straddles the Eastern Continental Divide on the spine of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. You'll find 11 miles of trails, lake fishing, scenic overlooks, and a dozen small waterfalls. The closest city is Dillard, GA named for Revolutionary War soldier Captain John Dillard who settled the area amongst the Cherokee in 1794.

Driving into and around the park, stop at the scenic overlooks for the characteristic rolling green hills and blue tinged humid thick skies. The area receives 80 inches of rain per year, and shrub tree rhododendron dominate the ground cover thriving in the higher altitude and moist environment. They bloom in late spring to summer and make a mystical dome of interlocking branches above the trails on Black Rock Mountain.

The Tennessee Rock Trail (2.2 mi RT alone - or combine with James Edmond trail for 9.4 mi RT) leads you to the highest point in the park and is named for the gneiss outcrop forming part of the Eastern Divide. Purchase an interpretive trail guide to identify flora and geologic features marked with numbered posts along the hike. After 100 yards, take the loop counterclockwise to the right and follow the mostly level trail through oak and fern forest. Merge with an old road around 0.7 miles and the trail bears left at 1.2 miles climbing up to the mountain peak. At 1.7 miles is the gneiss outcrop of Tennessee Rock forming the Divide: water off the north side flows to the Gulf of Mexico while water hitting the south side flows to the Atlantic Ocean. The trail continues downhill back to the trailhead from here.

Other trails in the park:
7.2 mi loopJames E. Edmond trail (shares TH with Tennessee Rock trail, combine together for day hike or longer, campsites are here, better valley and lake views)
0.9 mi loopBlack Rock Lake trail
0.3 mi loopAda-hi Falls trail (wooden steps down to an observation deck for the falls)

The nearby Dillard House, opened in 1917, is a "don't miss" when you're in the area famous for locally grown produce and homestyle cooking.

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2008-01-01 Crzy4AZ
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    We spent a weekend in Dillard, GA to get to a higher elevation and at least 5 to 7 degrees cooler than our home base of Chattanooga, TN. You can't escape the humidity in the South no matter how far you drive!!! But it was a nice weekend trip. The bugs and spider webs on the trail made us long for our AZ hikes. We did the Tennessee rock trail and part of James Edmond.

    I would recommend visiting in April/May to see the rhododendron in bloom. They are amazing to see at that elevation where they are more like trees than shrubs. With the heavy white and pink blooms on the branches arching over the trail, you feel like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty in a fairy-tale wooded forest.

    I think we gained 5 pounds from eating at the Dillard House. Everything is grown nearby but then most of the vegetables are cooked in bacon fat - so you kind of lose the organic benefit!!! People book their summer vacations here year after year - big reunions and family get-togethers especially.

    Permit $$
    Georgia State Parks: $5 daily, $50 annual - more information

    Chattahoochie Forest
    Chattahoochee-Oconee Recreation Pass Information $5 daily / $25 Annual

    There is an option to earn an annual pass with 20 hours volunteer work.

    Free on Wednesdays. A backcountry permit from the visitor center must be obtained to hike or backpack.

    Black Rock Mountain State Park State Park



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    Follow signs off US 441 near Mountain City/Dillard.

    110 miles NE of Atlanta, GA
    20 miles south of Highlands, NC
    46 miles NW of Clemson, SC
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