Distance: 1.3 mile out-and-back hike. Elevation Gain: 180 feet. Explore this hidden gem full of ponds, rare foliage, and dazzling granite formations. 30 miles outside Atlanta.

The trail begins right off Klondike Road by the parking lot with restrooms, which is almost impossible to miss. Upon arriving, you begin a steady climb along the barren rock face. At this point, keep an eye out for the prominent cairns to guide you up and down the mountain.

The trail itself is only 1.3 miles, but I would encourage you to explore the surrounding area once you reach the peak. At the peak, you are met with 360 degree views, and, if you're lucky, ponds in the crevices of the granite. I would recommend going after a good rainfall.

This trip is perfect if you are in the Atlanta area and only have half of a day to explore something nearby. You will feel like you are in an entirely different world!

Pack List

  • Day pack
  • Water
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera
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Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

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So Cool

This place is so cool. We parked at the main welcome center and walked on the boardwalk to the beginning of the trail. First we walked through a pine forest, typical of Georgia, then hit the boardwalk which felt more like South Georgia or Florida, and then the rock walk to the top which felt like Stone Mountain (and was totally gorgeous with an awesome view!) We kept walking around just to see what else was there and we found the lake there which was so peaceful, we didn't see anyone else there that day! After the lake we kept walking and found ourselves in sand and saw a few cacti, there were a few blue marks to follow but we were just sort of wandering. We ended up in a field that led us back to the road. Overall a really cool and diverse place! Pretty easy to hike too!

Fun, Dog Friendly Hike

Often very few people there. It's a nice quick hike you can do in an hour or so. There's a nice little pond for dogs to play in as well.

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It was short and sweet. clean, not too many people when I went


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