Hike to Rabun Bald

3 Miles Round Trip - 4696 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Bartram Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Preston Esco

This adventure takes less than an hour of hiking. With it being the second highest peak in Georgia, this is an adventure you need to add to the Georgia bucket list.  At the top there is an observation deck that allows for a 360-degree view of the Georgia and North Carolina mountains. 

Starting at the trailhead you begin by following the yellow blazes. The trail isn't well marked so keep an eye out for the blazes you see. The trailhead starts at the dead end of Kelsey Mountain Trail. The path immediately starts to incline and doesn't stop. A few minutes in you will come to a fork in the trail. We chose the right path and that took us straight there.  At 0.8 of a mile in you reach a decent campsite but there are some fire pits at the summit that are perfect for an overnight stay. At the top, you will find an observation deck that allows a 360-view which can be great for a sunrise or a sunset hike! (Or even both!)

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Chillin
Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Forest
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Details

3 Miles
4696 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Sarah Levant

over 2 years ago

Beautiful Views!

We followed the directions listed above and it worked out perfectly. Wouldn't recommend the hike on a windy day in below zero temps (which was our experience) however the views were totally worth it!

Great hike to do overnight and catch both the sunset and sunrise!

This hike is simply awesome. Parking is not super easy, because there just is not much space on the side of the road to park. This is just one more reason why I recommend you start the hike late and catch the sunset views from the summit. There are some grassy patches on the summit that are perfect for pitching a tent. Even though the hike up to the summit is pretty short, it is all incline at just short of 1,000 feet of elevation gain. The elevation at the summit is 4,696 feet, but you do not actually ascend that entire height in this hike. If you do opt for the overnight option, make sure to get up early for the sunrise too! This will give you enough time to pack up and grab a warm cup of coffee and a scrumptious breakfast at Bella's Junction Cafe.