Rock Garden Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Rock Garden Trail, which happens to be the most challenging hike in this book, begins easy enough from Cheaha Lake but then becomes more strenuous as it climbs sharply up and over boulders and bluffs to a point near the summit of Cheaha Mountain. Trail Surface: Dirt path, turning into a rocky path, then some scrambling up rocks.
The Rock Garden Trail begins up a gradual grade, following the banks of a creek up a ravine. But after 0.3 mile, that’s where the joyride ends. From there the trail gets progressively steeper and rockier as it maneuvers around large boulders and outcroppings and courses through a dense forest of white oaks, dappled with rhododendrons, flame azaleas, and dogwoods. At a little over half a mile from the trailhead, the path begins peeking out of the trees at the surrounding views—and they are spectacular."