Backpacker Magazine Atlanta: James E. Edmonds Trail 

Head to the dark hills of Black Rock Mountain State Park for a 6.3-mile loop along soothing mountain streams to lookouts with classic Appalachian views.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 30 Aug 2007 3:03:26 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: Georgia (GA)
Distance: 5.74 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 2268 ft
Total Loss: 2579 ft
Net Change: -311 ft
Difficulty: 7 / 10
Tags: Atlanta, Black Rock Mountain State Park, Blue Ridge Mountains, Clayton, Georgia
Rating:   1 rating(s) Rate it

-Mapped by Marcus Woolf

TO TRAILHEAD: From Mountain City, GA, turn L @ Cross St. (becomes Hell Cat Creek Rd./Old Germany Rd.) and follow signs to Black Rock Mtn. State Park. In 1.7 mi., L onto Black Rock Mtn. Pkwy. Park 1.1 mi. later in small lot on R.

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Distance: 5.74 mi Points: 366
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JEE Backcountry Trail

Points of Interest


Location: 34.907253, -83.412010
From NE side of lot, enter woodchip trail and pass stone picnic tables. In 100 ft., R @ Y onto orangeblazed James E. Edmonds Backcountry Trail; fern beds line the path


Location: 34.910831, -83.416374
Hunter-orange angel fire wildflowers bloom along trail


Location: 34.913128, -83.415443
R @ Y to begin loop; in .1 mi. pass Fern Cove campsite in a lush pocket of hemlock and rhododendron (permit required)


Location: 34.917671, -83.409531
Cross Old Germany Rd.; head downhill and curve S along Taylor Creek


Location: 34.919533, -83.404243
Emerge from rhododendron tunnel; cross Taylor Creek, then Taylor Chapel Rd. and climb up around Scrugg Knob. Hit Scrugg Gap before skirting Marsen Knob (3,205 ft.)


Location: 34.926701, -83.399376
Straight @ 3-way up small humpback of Gibson Gap


Location: 34.929893, -83.402222
From Lookoff Mtn. (3,162 ft.), take in 80-mile vista over rolling hills and valleys of the Eastern Continental Divide, formed by the Nantahala Mtns. and Great Smokies. Then head back to WPT 6 and turn R. Overnighters: Pick one of two hilltop campsites on Lookoff Mtn. or Laurel Ridge


Location: 34.923367, -83.406982
Cross road, then Taylor Creek; head up hillside S of Black Rock Lake


Location: 34.919621, -83.412102
Carefully cross slick runoff of Greasy Creek and begin 200-ft. climb up past sandbars; Creek Ridge campsite off trail to R


Location: 34.915787, -83.415131
Cross N. Germany Mtn. Rd., jog L and ascend wood steps to close loop @ WPT 3; backtrack to trailhead


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