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Blood Mountain Trail

Blairsville, GA

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Blood Mountain Trail is a 7.2 mile loop trail located near Blairsville, Georgia that features a great forest setting. The trail is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen and primarily used for camping & hiking and is accessible Spring or Fall. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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Panther Creek Falls
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65 Completed 58 Reviews

Great day hike as well as for first time backpackers. Not particularly challenging, but can get tricky if it has rained - but the best time to see the falls really pumping. Please pack out your trash and pick up a bit more that other twits left behind. Wrote more details in the other trail description for this hike.

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Tallulah Gorge Trail
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65 Completed 58 Reviews

First 2 weekends of April and first 3 weekends of November, the gorge is closed to hikers because the water is increased for kayakers. Amazing to watch WORLD CLASS pro kayakers run Oceana...

They only allow 100 people a day permits to the gorge floor. And it is dependent on weather. You can call ahead (9amish) and they will let you know if permits will be issued. If it is raining, has rained, or is forecasted for rain, most likely they will not allow people down.

Hike down to the platform, you WILL have to rock hop. I recommend bringing a dry bag for any electronics (even a ziplock) just in case... the water, regardless of time of year is cold. And the rocks are slippery - I got knocked in helping a woman jump from rock to rock in January one year. You think those stairs suck? Try it when you are soaking wet and it is 34 degrees out.

You can slide/swim at Bridal Veil - great spot to sun/picnic. I recommend crossing and going back via Sliding Rock trail - it is steep, but offers some incredible views and you will see the standing Wallenda Tower (plus you don't have to go back all the stairs!). Check out the pics from "the olden days" in the Visitors Center before going down - it is cool to stand where some of the pics have been taken.

Make sure to take your trash with you and say hi to Ranger Danny.

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Panther Creek Trail
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65 Completed 58 Reviews

Nice day hike and this is my "go to hike" for first time backpackers. Plenty of options to camp - things can get a bit crowded/rowdy at the base of the falls on weekends and during the summer. It can be a bit slick at the final descent to the falls - steepish, packed red clay. There are a few narrow spots that can make people a smidge nervous if afraid of heights. I have seen a few copperheads, so keep an eye out... yes, there are snakes all over the place - just a reminder - an older man almost sat on one sunning on a rock!

I usually find a fair amount of trash on this trail, so bring a bag and pick up what you can on the way back.

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Raven Cliff Falls Trail
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65 Completed 58 Reviews

Start really early if you want to hike this on a weekend. Can be a bit slick in spots if it has rained recently. Unfortunately, encounter a lot of people who don't leash their dogs on this trail.

Lots of spots to scramble down to check out the waterfalls if the water is low. There are a lot of copperheads in warmer months - especially sunning on logs on the trail - more reason to keep your dog on leash.

I see many people don't even bother to hike up to see the actual falls. You can then scramble up to the top of the falls - due to blowdown, cannot go much further and not much more to see... but great more secluded spot for a picnic and, if you have hammocks, to camp for the night. This last spot can be really tricky if it has rained - red clay... there is a decent amount of bear activity in the area, so secure your food. They run off if noticed, but be prepared.

If you drive past the trailhead until you come to a water crossing, park to the right and there is a nice waterfall with a bench there. This creek forms Dukes Creek falls downstream. Also, as you drive back towards the trailhead, you will see an open dispersed camping area to the right. If you park there and cross the small stream, you are now on the switchbacks to the base of Dukes Creek Falls. (You avoid the parking fee as well as a lot of stairs) Be smart and don't try this if the water is high - and either have water shoes/waterproof boots, or take them off. Water is cold all year long, but it is only about 15ft across (dodging a downed tree or 2)

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Parallel Trail -Cumberland Island
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65 Completed 58 Reviews

I spend a week here each August (no one is there because of heat and bugs). If you go in summer, use the industrial-strength Deet and wear a bug net over your face. You sweat and they will swarm around you. But don't let that deter you.

I rode my bike up to Plum Orchard (solo) only to find out it was closed that day. The heat was awful, so I ddecided to ride back on the Parallel Trail. (For you nitpickers, there were no signs saying no bikes where I entered). Lovely trail except the mosquitoes... and the rattlesnake. And the 2 hogs that ran out in front of me, clipped my wheel, sent me flying in a marshy area that alligators are... Seriously! Still, was a beautiful experience - variety of areas... plus you see more horses and deer.

My blog has a ton of tips and info

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Sea Camp at Cumberland Island Campground
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65 Completed 58 Reviews

I head out to spend a week each August on Cumberland Island for the full moon and Perseid Meteor shower.

Early risers get to see all the good stuff - deer, bobcats, the horses... Find a spot in the meadow beyond the slave quarters and just sit. (A poncho works great as a blanket) I would see the sunrise and watch the horses and deer (including the white buck) graze. I would move below Dungeoness to watch more horses graze, then head down to Racoon Island for more close encounters. (Day visitors rarely make it down there) You can dig for sharks teeth there as well.

Check my blog for more details -

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Providence Canyon State Park - LOOP TRAIL
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice place to explore, pretty easy so it's great for kids. We've been here twice.

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george w disney
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Moderately strenuous. Sometimes we got off the main trail so you have to pay attention.
The road to the trail head was not marked. Just turn in at either the church sign or the Highway Patrol office sign.

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Kennesaw Mountain Nat. Battlefield (Big to Little)
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43 Completed 1 Reviews

Always nice to get in the woods. The first couple miles of this trail was PACKED with people. Many were tourists that did not know trail etiquette, and we're running straight up portions of the mountain, rather than using the switchbacks. I am hoping our first outing here was just a fluke. Other than that, be ready for a little bit of a scramble at parts (for kids and smaller dogs). The view up top has a view of the city in the distance.

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Flat Creek
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7 Completed 1 Reviews

Hiked this loop on 10/18/14 (or should say pulled by the dog). Weather was great, sunny low 60's, perfect weather. Not much for any views, just a couple of glimpses. However, great hike though some beautiful North Georgia woods. Couple of small streams and small water falls. Does have a couple of good inclines that will give your legs and lungs a workout. Parking lot was full but I only came across 6 hikers. There was a church group of about 20 campers but most all of the trail there was no one in sight. Definite do again hike since it's close and a good workout.

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