by Donald Pfitzer (Falcon Guides)
© 2014 Donald Pfitzer/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Great hike with lots of waterfall views. Do not attempt during the hot summer.
Went with a couple friends on the West Rim Trail. It was an easy hike - mostly flat along the ridge of the mountain. Definitely going back to explore the other trails! The views were breathtaking.
We hiked to the waterfalls and part of the gulch late in the afternoon day one and came back to do the West Rim early the next day.
The first waterfall is the prettiest one I've seen in Georgia and was worth walking all of those steps for! We went to see the second falls and then hiked about 1 mile into the gulch. We enjoyed the scenery on the way back since you get to see the creek while you battle back uphill. These trails are steep - nothing but stairs! I'd skip the gulch next time.
Day two we did the West Rim. It's the most unique trail I've seen in Georgia. The vistas were amazing! Get an early start - lots of crowds in the parking lot and I can see the trails filling up. I also love trails that have you walking the edge. Moderate elevation gains, but nothing too extreme.
Don't miss out on this gem - I really felt like I wasn't in Georgia.
My sister and I hiked the West Rim Trail, it was a very cold day-26 degrees. We were a bit confused as to where the trail head was in the beginning. Once we got on the trail it was beautiful. As new hikers, it was a bit challenging for us. There were lots of rocks a tree roots. We ran across a group of about 5 deer two times. The overlooks were beautiful! On the part of the trail that was not on the rim there were quite a few fallen trees over the trail. We will definitely be going back again. We were too worn out to go down to the falls after the West Rim Trail, I look forward to checking it out next time.
My 8 year oldson and I hiked on a busy day, Friday after Thanksgiving, lots of traffic and folks staying in the cottages and cabins that border the West Rim Trail. We did the Rim first and then both of the Stair "trails" to the falls, pretty scenery, not lots of spots in Georgia like this. The confusion for many day hikers we came across is that the West Rim Trail is not a loop, but more of a balloon trail with the starting point at the East Rim Parking Area. Lots of overlooks and was very interesting most of the way. We also saw 2 deer spying us from the plataeu portion of the trail.
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