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    Rutledge , Georgia

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    Atlanta, GA
    Explorer | 31 pts
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    I'd easily drive 30 minutes for this trail. Muddy as hell after a rain, and no bikes allowed.
    You can loop to the right, deadhead up to the north, thru the singularly largest stand of bamboo I've ever seen in georgia, then back past the creaking frogs. Highly interesting, steep climbs available if you read the topo or explore a little. Not a training ground for Whiteface mountain or anything, but a solid 6 mile walk that isnt on pavement and full of scenery without the concrete jungle.
    Marietta, GA
    Pathfinder | 186 pts
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    This was a very easy hike, certainly not as hard as it was said to have been. In my opinion Gold Branch has more strenuous stretches, but I still of coursed enjoyed it. The look out at the peak is the best part ! We unfortunately went at a time not long after heavy rains and flooding hit the area - which meant much of the lower elevation of the trail was muddy and littered with branches, trash and other debris --be careful! So sad to see it such a mess,but they did have volunteers there picking up. My only gripe is the single lane road that is your only way to and from the parking area. Its about .25 of a mile long and there are only 2 areas in which you can pull over to let another car pass- without those nearby someone is backing up around some very narrow and curving dirt roads and that spells trouble... as we were leaving a small white bus -with kids in it came taring down the entrance!! We laid on the horn and they backed out - but goodness you'd think people would use their heads.

    I can't write this without some mention of the AMAZING homes in this area. They are gorgeous!
    Atlanta, GA
    Explorer | 40 pts
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    This trail is impossible to follow from the instructions provided. We inadvertently ended up on a trail that ran along the river and became very rocky and treacherous. I fell and broke my hand as a result.

    However, I will say the rest of the area is very nice and there is some great scenery down by the water. Just don't try and follow this trail using these directions. Get a trail map somewhere else or just explore on your own, but watch out for the trails along the water.
    Norcross, GA
    Trailblazer | 652 pts
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    I have hiked in most of the Chattahooche NPS parks, and this is my least favorite. There are not many different trail options, and many of the direction signs are missing. The views don't compare to Palisades East across the river.

    This part has some very long steep inclines, so warm up your legs in advance.

    The blazes are on 2 ft high posts. It took me some time to realize what thet were.

    If you are interested in this part of the Chattahooce, stick with Palisades East.

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    Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
    Trail Type
    Skill Level
    1.5 hours
    Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd., Rutledge 30663; (706) 557-3001;
    Local Contacts
    USGS Rutledge North; trail maps available at the office/trading post
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