Black Rock Mountain State Park

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Black Rock Mountain State Park

Black Rock Mountain State Park
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clpayne
Missouri City, TX1,426 contributions
We spent 4 nts in the newly rebuilt Cabin 5. What an amazing job they did on these cottages! We stay in state park cabins across the US and rent vrbo's/airbnb's. These ranked among the best in the different state parks we've stayed at and nicer than many privately owned vrbo's we've rented!

Cabin 5 is a 2 bed/2 bath cottage. There is a wrap around deck along the entire back of the cottage. Both bedrooms have a private door exiting to the patio. One bedroom has 1 queen bed and 1 bedroom has 2 double beds. The "master" bedroom has a full LARGE shower. The bathroom in the 2 bed room has a tub shower.

Cottages 1-5 all seem to have unobstructed views. Cabin 6-10 are currently being rebuilt. If trying to pick the cottage with the "best" location I really don't think you could go wrong with any of them! However, Cottage 5 was nice because it was at the end of the cul de sac.

Cottage #5 was pet friendly which is always appreciated. The state parks in our home state of Texas does not allow pets in their cabin rentals so we unfortunately take our tourism dollars out of state!

The park is up the mountain. Consider arriving before dark due to the dark and windy roads!

We hiked several trails including the:

Tennessee Rock Trail
Connector Trail
Ada Hi Fall Trail
Lake Trail

All of these trails our 17 yr old dog was able to traverse. A few spots where we lifted him a step or two along the TN Rock Trail, but all in all they were good even for our ol' guy!

We unfortunately did not have time to hike the Back Country 7 mile trail. We had a 1/2 day of rain on what was supposed to be our day to hike this trail.

We did 2 day trips while staying at this park:

Tallulah Gorge State Park (30 min away)
Gorges State Park (N Carolina) & Oconee State Park (S Carolina)

Gorges is 1 hr 15 min away. Spent the morning there. After lunch drove another 45 min to Oconee. Spent the afternoon and then an hour drive back to the cabin. It made a perfect loop driving trip of under 3 hrs total. Be sure and ask about the Jr Ranger programs at the parks!

Tallulah Gorge allows 100 people to hike to the floor of the gorge each day. If you are up for an adventure be sure to look in to this option. It's NOT for the faint of heart, though. It's quite the challenge AFTER you climb 750 steps down just to the suspension bridge to start the real challenge!

I'm a long distance runner. If you are looking for some hill training you will have that chance here!

After our 4 nts here we are headed to Amicalola Falls State Park in Central GA for another 4 nts. Here is where the Appalachian Trail begins. Combining the 2 parks in a week vacation is the perfect combination when driving 16 hrs from Houston!
Written June 14, 2022
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jwatl67
Georgia284 contributions
We rented a cabin here for a weekend getaway during the covid 19 thing. The gift shop was closed and I felt the park did a nice job of limiting the amount of peeps in the park. Our cabin was outfitted very nicely and the wifi was good and we even brought along our small dog $30 for that if I remember correctly. The lake is small and you can kayak but no motor boats. We had no luck fishing there but could see several fish. The hiking trails are awesome and we enjoyed 2 of the trails with our 7 & 9 year old boys. We wanted to visit foxfire but it was closed due to the virus. The views at the giftshop are awesome and I highly recommend this park.
Written July 30, 2020
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RoadWarrier99999
Isle of Palms, SC498 contributions
We rented a cabin in early March as a weekend hiking base and thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
The park is a few miles northwest of Clayton and just west of Mountain City. Up a winding road from the main gate, the Mellinger visitor center is very modern, perched on a ridge with great views.
Ten car-accessible cabins sit about a mile away, higher on the ridge and enjoying marvelous views. Cabins 1-5 have E and SE views of Clayton and the mountains beyond, 6-10 look NW across the mountains and towards the sunset. Each has a screened porch at the rear with four rocking chairs. Cabins come fully equipped with linens, kitchen tools, etc and include central heat, A/C, a gas log fireplace, dishwasher, stove, microwave, fridge with ice maker. Not exactly roughing it, but we frankly really appreciated all that. Outside, each cabin has an iron ringed fire pit with a hinged iron cooking grate, making outdoor cooking possible if you want. Bring a kitchen sponge and paper towels and you'll find everything else in place, even dishwasher pods. Bring charcoal and/or firewood if you're so inclined. Access is by door lock keypad. Our cabin was very clean and comfortable with great mattresses.
The two main trails are the 7.2 mile James E. Edmonds backcountry trail, a loop starting a few hundred yards down the entrance road before the Mellinger Center. The 2.2 mile Tennessee Rock Trail also starts at the same spot, allowing you to do both in a 9.4 mile outing if you choose, though bear in mind that Edmonds is rated strenuous and is a workout and the Rock Trail is no slouch. Take water and wear hiking shoes.
The Rock Trail comes close to the cabins at its midpoint, so you can walk to it from your cabin if you want to leave your car parked during your visit. Otherwise, there is parking where the two trails officially start. You could walk down to the trail head from the visitor center, but there's little space beside the steep road, so you'd need to be very careful. Check the very nice park provided map for the actual routes and relative locations.
On a ranger's advice, we walked the Edmonds train clockwise first and the Rock Trail counterclockwise the next morning. I think Edmonds is likely nice in either direction, but counterclockwise on the Rock trail means you hit the most scenic spot, a high overlook, just before your last downhill to the trail head parking area. For us, this payoff timing was ideal.
Black Rock Mountain is a lovely place and well worth a visit.
Written March 9, 2020
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Steve K
Edisto Island, SC192 contributions
Drove up to the park on a sunny winter day and the views were great. No problem with good weather to get to the top of the mountain. Picnic area, cabins, camping areas, etc. but not many people. Drove up there via Black Rock Lake which is a nice stop with a hiking trail around the lake and a fishing pier. There is a parking fee to go into the park but several pull offs and trails along the way that are fee free.
Written February 17, 2020
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FloridaNative56
Tallahassee, Florida55 contributions
Black Rock is a very nice campground right on the continental divide at the highest point in Northeast Georgia. The road to the park is winding and very steep but in good condition and easily accommodated by small travel trailer and pickup truck. The campground is heavily wooded and all sites are shaded. Early June temperatures were low 80s in the afternoon and high 50s and low 60s at night. No need for air conditioning at that time of year. Park staff were very helpful. Warning to Apple CarPlay users, do not turn right onto N. Germany Road as directed by the App. Proceed straight where you see the park entrance signs.
Written June 22, 2022
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Lee H
111 contributions
Really enjoyed peaceful, quiet and scenic mountaintop camp. Narrow winding road up mountain. Staying on pavement is a must as shoulder drops off about 6”. Maneuvering large rigs is tight, but we did see a class A. We were in a 32’ 5th Wheel and used extra caution maneuvering. Plenty of hiking trails. Impressed at the Handicap tent campsites the park had. Beautiful views of the valley and twinkling lights at night.
Written August 27, 2020
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Dave W
Atlanta, GA284 contributions
This is a neat Georgia State Park. Black Rock Mountain State Park is the highest state park in Georgia. Our visit centered around several days of camping and hiking.

FIrst, the visitor center is located at the top of a long twisty road. Very helpful personnel here. Incredible views from the visitor center.

Camping. We had a group of 10 folks that camped at the "pioneer campground". It was nicely setup with a cabin, shelters, fire pit, water, primitive toilets. Fine for a couple of nights in the woods.

Hiking. We hiked the 2.2 mile "Tenessee Rock Trail" and the 7.2 mile "James Edmonds Trail". Both were great. My picture of the waterfall is along the James Edmonds trail. Also did the short walk around the lake.

Small parking fee ($5) but it is worth it. Enjoy!
Written April 19, 2022
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Steve B
Arcadia, FL182 contributions
We tent camped here for seven nights while in the area. The July weather was a little uncooperative, rain, but not unexpected. The park, trails, lake, and campground were all very nice and clean. The bathhouse was frequently cleaned and was perhaps in the top three cleanest bathhouses we've visited, and we've been all over the US. The park is very beautiful and peaceful. Signage for proper open camping registration could be better, there are two different locations sometimes open, sometimes not.
Written July 28, 2021
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Tom B
Atlanta, GA55 contributions
The trails are fantastic. The trail to the summit is not for the timid. The summit is not scenic but does have a slab of rock with etched words signifying you reached it. The overlook near it is the best view.

The visitor center also has gorgeous views!

The only fee is a parking pass $5.00.
Written March 2, 2022
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Igorek007
Savannah, GA1,233 contributions
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It’s a nice park. Visitor center is on top on top of mountain with good view. Hours for visor center are limited due to covid. Restrooms are clean. We had a little difficultly finding directions for Tennessee Rock Trail due to lack of signs on the road. Trail is about 2.2 miles round trip and takes a little over 1 hour for the whole trip. I would call it moderate. Nothing special, views are ok. We enjoyed it, but again views are the same from the stops on the road. So, if you can’t walk, you can still drive in top of the mountain and stop at few marked places and see views.
Written September 5, 2020
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