Thought it would be a good idea to hike the trail we are recommending for the Ladies’ Homestead Retreat.
Yesterday a friend and I drove up to Mountain City, GA to Black Rock Mountain State Park to hike the Tennessee Rock Trail.
2.2 miles long and an ascent of over 1000′
There is a fee for parking and either you can pay it here or at the Visitor’s Center further on up the mountain.
We chose the Visitor’s Center because they have a bathroom…and a nice gift shop 🙂
Little blue square says “more difficult.”
Little black square says “most difficult.”
We chose the blue…and because that “warning” notice said there were yellow jacket nests in the other trail – no thank you!
Sooooo – the first ascent. A lot of stairs going up!
To buy myself some “catch my breath” time, I was easily distracted by bugs.
Actually, I’d never seen one of these before. Anyone know what it is?
It was beautiful!
Obviously this is a popular plant – see all the other bugs on it?
Once we went “up” for a little ways, the trail evened out and meandered through the woods.
It really is an enjoyable hike and in the fall, it should be gorgeous with all the fall colors.
After about 2/3 of the way along the trail, the ascent begins again…
But it was so worth the sweat and grunt…
There are a lot of big boulders at this look out and this is where we will stop to have lunch.
You will definitely have earned the rest 🙂
Is it any wonder why they are called the Smokey Mountains?…
After lunch, the climb back down the trail…all down hill!
If you have knee problems, you may want to take this part of the trail into consideration.
The trail begins and ends at this picnic spot so if you get down the mountain before the others, there’s a nice place to wait.
We did the trail in about an hour and a half. But taking lunch into account, I’m planning on 2 and a 1/2 hours.
If you’re moderately exercising, you should be fine with this trail. Most of the trail is very doable and it’s so permissible to take frequent stops on the parts that are a little more strenuous!
Another bonus – it’s minutes from the Foxfire Museum.
Looking forward to hiking this trail again with a lot more friends 🙂