Little Ocmulgee State Park Trails

McRae, Georgia 31055

Little Ocmulgee State Park Trails

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"This 1,360-acre Southeast Georgia park is best known for its 18-hole Wallace Adams Golf Course, Pete Phillips Lodge, and lake on the Little Ocmulgee River. It also features picnic areas, playgrounds, and rental cabins. However, Little Ocmulgee also offers"

Little Ocmulgee State Park Trails Trip Reports

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Hello all,

I just did the trail from Hale Ridge Road to Warwoman Dell Rec. area. Awesome trail, beautiful views from Rabun Bald, good water sources all along the trail except around Rabun Bald. The map is a little bit incorrect as the hike from Rabun Bald is two/three miles longer than what is stated in the trail guide. I looked for parking at the Chattooga River which would have added several more miles, but didn't like the idea of leaving my vehicle near where the trail joins the Chattooga river trail. The parking was limited and it looked like a party place on the weekend.
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Started my hike at the Warwoman Dell Recreation Area and went north toward Rabun Bald. This is an excellent trail, clean and well maintained, with good bridges across all streams. There are two fairly large waterfall's that you pass and one has a very nice viewing deck. I would say this trail is of moderate + in difficulty. I recommend this trail highly.
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This review is of a lesser-known section of the Bartram trail, which is located near Augusta in Columbia County next to the Clark Hill Reservoir aka Thurmond Lake. The trail starts near the SC border at West Dam and follows the lakeshore for approximately 15 miles until it crosses Hwy 104 where it joins the Keg Creek Loop. I''ve only hiked from West Dam to the hwy but I will soon complete the 8 1/2 mile remaining section at Keg Creek. The Bartram is a gently rolling trail that is for the most part well marked with yellow blazes although sometimes they get confusing because some of the older routes have changed, but the blazes are still there marking them. This section of the Bartram is a supposed bike trail, but with so many down trees it is in dire need of some maintenance. The trail is obviously seldom traveled but is perfect for a leisurely stroll along the lake. Insect repellent is a must in the summer due to large numbers of mosquitoes and ticks, and be sure to carry a stick of some kind to knock down the hundreds of spider webs that block your path. There are several lake access and campgrounds about every four or five miles along the trail that the Army Corps of engineers run, but plan to have to pay a three dollar fee to enter them by car. All in all the trail is a mild hike with stunning views of the lake and wildlife. More than once I scared off several deer and I can''t count the number of turtles I came across, but this trail might be better when it is not as hot or humid outside. Contact the Army Corps of Engineers for a map and other inquiries.
This is a fantastic trail for first time hikers, day hikers or overnighters. It has been recently cleared, remarked and foot bridges added and repaired. We hiked in September 2001 and enjoyed it all, especially the views from Rabun Bald. It was moderately strenuous on the climb up the bald but the remainder of the trip, hiking North to South was easy to Warwomen Dell. Water sources were frequent enough on this section to not be a concern. Camping spots are available but I would suggest some preplanning. We enjoyed this hike and would like to finish it one day but time and our knees ran out on us. There is a excellent campsite right on the river. It is part of the forest service property. It is worth a look. Good hiking!

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