Join us to hike the JAMES E. EDMOND TRAIL !
This 7.2 mile loop trail is rated DIFFICULT & STRENUOUS by both the park and AWH !
It is located at Black Rock Mountain State Park in the northeast corner of the state and is Georgia's highest altitude state park - at 3,640 ft !
Please do not sign up for this one if you have not hiked a difficult rated 7 + miles before - or without calling us first [masked]) - and please bring ALL of the suggested items mentioned below on your hike. (If you were O.K. hiking the Coosa Backcountry Trail at Voegel State Park or the Gahuti Trail at Ft. Mountain State Park WITHIN THE LAST 2 YEARS - you will be O.K. for this trail too.)
In laurel-filled coves, the trail follows cascading streams with small waterfalls. In the northernmost section of the park, the trail climbs to the summit of Lookoff Mountain and offers a stunning vista of Wolffork Valley and surrounding mountain ranges.
This trail encompasses some of the most outstanding scenery in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains - and one overlook provides a spectacular 80-mile vista !
Our sponsor (Atlanta guided hiking & backpacking service Appalachian Wilderness Guides) considers this rugged park to be one of the company's 2 favorites in the state - running a close second behind Amicalola Falls State Park - and considers this trail to be a good trainer for those prepping to backpack the Appalachian Trail. It is one of the trio of "old school" North GA state park trails that are wild and overgrown and literally run up the sides of mountains without zig zagging across it with "switchbacks" like most newer and well maintained trails - so get ready !
PLEASE BE ON TIME FOR THE HIKE. WE WILL ONLY WAIT 15 MINUTES FOR ANY LATE-COMERS. AND YOU MAY NOT HAVE CELL PHONE RECEPTION CLOSE TO THE PARK - OR DURING YOUR HIKE - AND YOUR ORGANIZER WAITING AT THE PARK WILL PROBABLY NOT HAVE ANY CELL RECEPTION !
IF YOU ARE LATE - WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THAT YOU ATTEMPT THIS TRAIL BY YOURSELF IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN HERE BEFORE.
Bring a small daypack with 3 bottles of water, appropriate clothing and footwear for hiking a rocky trail in the south that will have a 50% chance of rain REGARDLESS OF FORECAST. Bring a rain poncho, light fleece, hat, snacks,lunch,light source (headlamp or flashlight).
The cost of the trip is $20.
If you are not a member - click on "Join Us" to the upper right of the page - and then RSVP for the trip. It will direct you as per credit card or PayPal payment methods.
CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS AND GPS COORDINATES !
** You will also need to pay $5 for parking at Black Rock Mountain State Park unless you have a State Park pass **