Pine Mountain Trail Cascade Falls F.D. Roosevelt State Park, GA
miles
LENGTH 3.8 MILES
DIFFICULTY 5.5 Easy
Medium
DURATION 1-2 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
640
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Pine Mountain Trail Cascade Falls

Nestled in middle west Georgia, F.D. Roosevelt State Park is home to the 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail. However, if you're not looking for an all day hike, several shorter hikes and loop options are available for a variety of different lengths and difficulties. At under 4 miles, the out and back Cascade Falls hike travels along a quiet creek with multiple small waterfalls making it an excellent shorter hike.

I recommend picking up a trail map for $5 from the park office before heading out. The trails are well blazed with signs at all intersections and the map is posted at the trailhead, but it's still nice to have one in your hand and it supports the park. You can park at either the Tower Parking Lot or the Rocky Point Parking Lot although this description is from the Tower lot.

Starting at the end of the Pine Mountain Trail, the majority of this loop will follow this blue blazed trail. The hike has a wide variety of terrain. Walk along soft beds of pine needles, gravel and rocky pathways, small boulder fields, and multiple creek crossing where you should expect to get your feet a little wet. Immediately pass the White Candle and Beaver Pond trails, staying to the right. Following along a small creek will quickly lead to multiple creek crossings. Most can be made easily enough just take it slow on wet rocks.

Hike past 3 small waterfalls before the trail heads sharply up the hillside away from the creek. At 1.9 miles in you will come to Cascade Falls, a series of cascades ending in about a 5 foot drop into a small pond. This hike ends here, but if you want a longer loop hike, continue on for the Pine Mountain Trail Wolf Den Loop.

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Details
length3.8 miles
difficulty5.5 Easy-Medium
duration1 - 2 hours
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeBlue
elevation gain640 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestF.D. Roosevelt State Park
ranger districtF.D. Roosevelt State Park
2970 GA-190
Pine Mountain, GA 31822
706-663-4858
parking fee$5/Day, $50 Annual Pass
trailhead coordinates 32.852342, -84.701479 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 32°51.14, W 84°42.09 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 32°51'08'', N 32°51'08'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
32.852342, -84.701479 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 32°51.14, W 84°42.09 most GPS units use this one
N 32°51'08'', N 32°51'08'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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The Visitors Center and park office are 9 miles down GA-190/Pine Mountain Hwy from the trailhead.
Notes
Make sure to pick up a map ($5) at the Visitors Center.
The trail condition varies from soft pine needle to very rocky conditions, including a few steeps drop offs and multiple creek crossing that are easy but expect to get a little wet if you don't have waterproof footwear.
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hikethesouth-7 months ago
Great Short Hike along the Pine Mountain Trail
Great short hike for those who don't want to do the 23-mile PMT. 4 short waterfalls and multiple creek crossings make this an interesting hike.
Easy-Medium | Hiked Spring 2018
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