Brasstown Bald, Wagon Train Trail

Blairsville, Georgia

Brasstown Bald, Wagon Train Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The final hike descending from Brasstown Bald is along the Wagon Train Trail. This path is the longest of the trails off the mountain. The pathway runs along old roadbeds to the north, ending in the town of Young Harris.

A mixture of common and northern plant species are found along the Wagon Train Trail. As you hike down the mountain, it is possible to pass through more than one season of growth. Near the crest it may be early spring, yet at the foot of the mountain early summer may be taking hold."

Brasstown Bald, Wagon Train Trail Reviews

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Very nice hike along Dodd Creek. Many photographic opportunities especially near the cascades about a mile in. Don't forget to climb the "Root Ladder" to the top of the cliff.
Hiked this with my wife on her third hike and we loved it. It was busy on an October weekend, but that's a busy time of year. Elevation is very gradual. There are nice creek side primitive campsites along the trail. Cliffs and falls at end is a nice reward and falls are neat to see as it's between the cliffs and not like traditional falls. The fall about halfway up are cool too. Great trail to take your dogs.
RCF Trail was a well groomed, easy to recognize trail. The weather was great reaching about 90 degrees but with the full-time canopy it was quite pleasant. I was disappointed when I reached the end of the trail because the "big falls" were non-existent. The two "mini-falls" were impressive and provided a nice cool-off point. Overall, I enjoyed the half-day hike.
My favorite hike in N. GA so far. The trail is really beautiful. Very mossy and moist. You hear the water flowing immediately when you begin your hike. There are a lot of roots and stumps initially but the main part of the trail is easy to navigate even for young children. The water in the creek is clear and several pools along the way had some kids splashing around in them. The real magic is toward the end when the incline gets a little steeper but so worth it. There is a huge rock face on your left and several large falls. There is a huge crack in the rock face with another fall inside. If you go all the way up on top of the rock you can actually see above the tree line. Be careful though, there is a massive hole in the rock that could be easy to fall into if you werent paying attention.
Nice winding easy-moderate trail through shaded trees to small falls. A nice in and out and not a busy trail.
There is only one word to describe Rave Cliff Falls WOW! The trail is well maintained and has lots of nice scenery to look at along the way. There are lots of big rocks around the falls that people stop and eat lunch around. Well worth it. The parking lot is a little small and does fill up. I spent a couple of nights here and had a blast could have spent a few more.
i went when it was raining/misting and the trail was muddy, and in some areas you sink into the ground by the streams. But the 2.5 mile hike was worth it once you make it to the very top, like at the cliff area. there is a pool of water where you can swim and get a good look of the waterfall :) my first time hiking and it was pretty easy, you see lots of families and animals on this trail. oh and there is a rope swing right off the trail in one of the camping areas :P
Beautiful trail.We went in february and the weather was wonderful.There were a lot of day hikers,but only one group of campers besides us.I like this trail and all the beauty.For a short hike its worth the time.
My Wilderness Management class from UGA went on a trip to Raven Cliffs to do trail surveys and campsite ratings. This trail was one of the ones we surveyed. I found the trail to be pretty highly impacted, but that was to be expected in such a high-use area. We went at the beginning of March and therefore didn't expect to see very many people, but we saw approximately 15 which was a little higher than expected. Some of the campsites along the trail are very highly impacted, with many of the trees showing signs of careless ax-wielding campers, but some are actually quite nice and a good distance from the trail. I wouldn't recommend camping along this trail, but it would be a nice location for a short day hike.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
About 4–5 hours
USGS Jacks Gap, Hiawassee, and Blairsville
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Jun 2018