Day 58: The Highest Park in Georgia


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Hemlock Falls, Tiger, GA

(1.9 miles out and back, 242’ elevation). An easy, steady incline along a river with several trickles to cross. There are a handful of smaller falls along the way. Hemlock Falls has a lovely swimming pool at the base.


difficulty: 3

We stopped to take pictures of a beautiful old farmstead being reclaimed by vegetation

Black Rock State Park, Mountain City, GA

Part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this is Georgia’s highest state park. There’s an overlook by the Visitor’s Center but it’s marred by the town below.

We wanted to get a good feel for the park so we chose 3 hikes here.

Norma Campbell Cove Trail (0.10 out and back, 104’ elevation. I’m really not sure of the point of this one. We did it to see and still don’t know.

ADA Hi-Falls (0.25, 190’ elevation). A steep down with lots of stairs to an ok cascade waterfall.

Tennessee Rocks Trail (2.2 mile loop, 561’ elevation). This was my favorite trail in the park. It goes along the side of the mountain through the woods and up to a ridge line. The overlook on this side of the mountain looks out on a pretty pastoral/mountain view. The ground was frozen most of the way and the trail lined with frost flowers. Great exercise, very peaceful and we were the only ones on trail.


difficulty: 6.2

We checked into the Quality Inn and Suites Mt. Chalet, Clayton, GA


We went to walk around downtown Clayton, GA

There’s a really nice outdoor store called Wander, a delicious looking bakery and gift shop and a few other shops that were open. Most of the handful of restaurants in town were closed for the season.

We ordered takeout from Mishima Asian Cuisine

and brought it back to our hotel to eat. This is the first time I’ve ever had Asian sweet carrots and they were so delicious I’m going to be looking for them everywhere now.

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