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Black Rock Mountain State Park

Updated on April 12, 2009

Black Rock Mountain State Park

Georgia's Black Rock Mountain State Park is named for its sheer cliffs of dark-colored biotite gneiss. The park covers some of the most beautiful land in Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

Located along the Eastern Continental Divide, the Black Rock Mountain State Park is the highest state park in Georgia with an altitude of 3,640 feet. The many scenic overlooks provide amazing 80-mile views of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

This site is here to provide information on Black Rock Mountain State Park and I will share my experiences hiking and camping at the park.

Ada-Hi Falls

I shot this on a cold morning after a night of rain and heavy winds. The tempature dropped from mid 70's to below freezing in a short amount of time which brought some extreme weather conditions.

Video shot on 4/6/09. The weather had stabilized to a cold day with some scattered snow flurries.

The trail itself is only .25 mile one way. Don't let the short distance fool you. The average grade is 25% and the max is 58%. The Ada-hi Falls Trail is worth the difficult walk up this north-slope Appalachian cove. Along thre trail you will pass mature hardwoods, lichen-covered rocks, ferns and wildflowers along with a dens thicketof rhododendron. At the end of the trail is the observation platform where you will find the Ada-hi Falls.

Tennessee Rock Trail

The Tennessee Rock Trail is a 2.2 mile loop that winds its way through a high forest and it is the park's most popular trail. Experienced hikers rate it an "easy to moderate" trail.

We hiked the trail on a sunny afternoon in early April and loved it. The hike took just under an hour and a half and the highlight was the summit. At the summit there was a rocky formation and on a clear day you can see into the neighboring states of both North and South Caroline, as well as Tennessee.

Black Rock Lake Trail

The Black Rock Lake Trail is a .85 mile loop. It is an easy hike around the pristine lake which is surrounded by mountains with white pine and yellow poplar forests. Wood bridges cross Taylor Creek and Greasy Creek which are two cascading streams that feed Black Rock Lake. The lake is great for fishing for bass, bream, catfish, yellow perch, and rainbow trout.

We found the trail to be a nice break from some of the more strenuous hikes in the park. We took a break to bath in the sun on a large rock in the lake called Turtle Rock. We also took time to investigate an old cemetery with graves that dated back to the early 1800's. The cemetery is next to a very old Baptist church. We were not able to attend a service as we were not there on a Sunday, but I'd love to attend when we go back in the future.

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