James E. Edmonds Backcountry Trail

Picture of view from overlook on James E. Edmonds Backcountry Trail

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Date Hiked: November 17, 1990

Length: 7.3 miles

Type: loop

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 3

Blaze: orange

Main Features: views

Location: Black Rock Mountain State Park

Drive north on highway 441 for 2.9 miles past the intersection with The Heart of Rabun Inn in Clayton. Turn left at the sign for Black Rock Mountain State Park in Mountain City. Drive 2.4 miles to a fork and turn right. Drive 0.2 miles farther to the gravel parking area on the right. This is the trailhead.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Descend 950 feet from car to bridge right before dirt road
Ascend 825 feet from dirt road to high point just before overlook
Descend ? from overlook to low point in valley
Ascend ? from low point to car
Total Ascent: unknown, but well over 825 feet

0.0 parking area
turn right on the orange-blazed James E. Edmonds Backcountry Trail
(the yellow-blazed Tennessee Rock Trail goes left)
0.8 turn left at junction (this is the beginning of a loop,
the trail straight ahead is the one you will come back on)
1.0 step across stream in rhododendron thicket
1.3 cross paved road (go left on the road several paces)
1.7 sharp right turn off of path you are on
sharp right turn off of path you are on (again)
1.8 bridge
old rock structure by stream
1.9 cross stream
beginning of partial winter views of lake on left
2.2 bridge
2.3 cross dirt road (walk several feet to the right on the road)
2.4 best view of lake
2.8 bridge
3.4 turn left on old road
3.6 turn right at fork (this begins the loop to the overlook,
you will come back on the trail straight ahead)
3.7 highest point
3.8 turn right at fork on bare rock
4.1 complete overlook loop
4.2 continue straight where trail you came up on goes to the right
4.4 turn right off of old road
5.2 cross dirt road
5.3 bridge
(I got turned around here at night in the rain and did portions of the trail twice)
8.6 car


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