Tennessee Rock Trail Black Rock Mountain State Park, GA
miles
LENGTH 2.2 MILES
DIFFICULTY 4.5 Easy
DURATION 1-2 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
600
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Loop
Tennessee Rock Trail

Hike to lofty views along the Tennessee Rock Trail in Georgia's highest state park. Located in Black Rock Mountain State Park, the Tennessee Rock Trail loops over the summit of Black Rock Mountain to sweeping views to the northwest. This is a good trail for families and dogs.

The parking area has a sign for the Tennessee Rock Trail, but pass by it first and head up to the Visitor Center for maps, restrooms, and a great view. Heading back to the trail, you'll be parking at the trailhead for the James E Edmonds Trail as well.

The two trails immediately split at a large sign. The Tennessee Rock trail heads to the left and is blazed yellow. Shortly afterward the trail splits to form the loop. This description heads counter-clockwise to the right, but if you want to go straight up to the view, head left. The trail narrows and stays along the steep hillside. After a half mile, a side trail forms a small loop to the left and rejoins shortly.

At 1.2 miles in, the trail makes a sharp left at a junction with a sign post. Here the trail begins to climb more rapidly. On my journey there was a large fallen tree that was difficult to get over and quite a bit of overgrown areas on the way up, even wading through waist-high growth at times. The park staff says it's usually more maintained but there had been a lot of rain lately.

The summit is designated by a large rock with the elevation engraved on it. Shortly after the summit the trail comes to the Tennessee Rock Overlook. If you're wondering about the name, guess which state you're looking toward. There are a few other views peeking through the trees and this will make for a good winter hike with less foliage.

Continue on, heading steeply downhill to close out this loop. On the way, the trail comes out to a road on the right but immediately heads back into the woods on the left. All junctions are marked with signs.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Slope Breakdown
Elevation Gain
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Gain
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.3 mi
41 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.3 mi
103 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.3 mi
191 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
0.2 mi
155 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
497 ft
118 ft
Elevation Loss
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Loss
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.3 mi
51 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.2 mi
90 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.2 mi
96 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
0.2 mi
138 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
0.2 mi
245 ft
Terrain Map Click to control map
Navigation
Reverse Hike loop in reverse direction.
0.0 mi
0.0 mi - Trailhead Walk through the picnic area then turn left at the sign for the split with the James E. Edmonds Trail.
0.1 mi
0.1 mi - Turn Right Head right at the loop split to hike around counter-clockwise.
0.5 mi
0.5 mi - Side Trails on Left to Rock Face A couple side trails form a small loop to the rock face. Take or skip.
1.2 mi
1.2 mi - Sharp Left Follow the sign at the intersection.
1.5 mi
1.5 mi - Black Rock Mountain Summit
1.7 mi
1.7 mi - Tennessee Rock Overlook
2.1 mi
2.1 mi - Complete Loop Finish the loop, staying straight/right to head back to the trailhead.
2.2 mi
2.2 mi - Return to Trailhead
Details
length2.2 miles
difficulty4.5 Easy
duration1 - 2 hours
features Dog Friendly  Summit  Views 
trail typeLoop
blazeYellow
elevation gain600 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestBlack Rock Mountain State Park
visitor infoVisitor Center
3085 Black Rock Mountain Parkway
Mountain City, GA 30562
706-746-2141
hours7am - 10pm (Park)
8am - 5pm (Visitor Center)
parking fee$5/Day, $50 Annual Pass
trailhead coordinates 34.907334, -83.412142 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°54.44, W 83°24.73 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°54'26'', N 34°54'26'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.907334, -83.412142 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°54.44, W 83°24.73 most GPS units use this one
N 34°54'26'', N 34°54'26'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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The trailhead is shared with the James E. Edmonds Backcountry Trail.
Parking Capacity
15-20 vehicles.
Notes
Make sure to head up Black Rock Mountain Parkway for several overlooks as well as excellent views at the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center has maps, restrooms, snacks and drinks.
The trail can be overgrown during periods of heavy rain.
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4 (1)
hikethesouth-10 months ago
Nice Loop with Great View
This is a really nice shorter loop with an excellent view at the top. Most of the trail is easy with a steep incline and decline to get to the summit. The trail was pretty overgrown when I went but the park staff said it's usually much more maintained. We have had a lot of rain lately. Don't forget to head to the Visitor Center for more amazing views.
Easy | Hiked Summer 2018
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