Sunset Rock Trail

County Line, Georgia 30222

Sunset Rock Trail

Sunset Rock Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Sunset Rock hike is one of four loop trails in this book that utilize a portion of the Pine Mountain Trail in Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park. The Sunset Rock route, at 11.4 miles, is the longest of the Pine Mountain Trail loop hikes. The loop can be hiked either direction, but we follow it here headed clockwise from the parking area.

Begin at the Rocky Point trailhead on the blue-blazed Pine Mountain Trail, near mile 18, and descend gradually southwest to the Sparks Creek Campsite. About 0.5 mile past the campsite, the Pine Mountain Trail intersects with the white-blazed Boottop Trail. Bear left and follow the blue blazes of the Pine Mountain Trail another 2 miles, climbing gradually until you reach a clearing with some facilities known as Dowdell Knob."

Sunset Rock Trail Trip Reports

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Overall: Well-marked, well-maintained, 1-2 persons wide, challenging for avid hikers, stunning views.

Use caution on 1st .2 miles of trail. The trail is hard to pick up initially (esp. during winter) due to heavy leaf cover, but clears up and is unmistakable for the other 11 miles.

Be prepared for a STEEP ascent immediatley following the Sparks Creek Campsite (around mile marker 17). You will zig-zag up the face of a large ridge for about .6 miles. This is vigorous even for those in good shape, especially if you are carrying a 50 lb pack like I was. Once you reach the summit of this ridge, the trail has only minor elevation changes for the rest of the trip.

I walked right by Sunset Rock because it was NOT marked. I walked to another ridge farther down the Pine Mnt. Trail (PMT) before I realized I missed it. Just be aware that there is a trail that leads to Sunset Rock that branches off the PMT, but there is no sign to indicate that this is Sunset Ridge.

Even if you miss sunset ridge, this is still well-worth the hike. It is a beautiful trail.

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Trail Information

County Line
Nearby City
230 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
6–7 hours
Year round
1,275 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,300 feet
Top Elevation
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
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