Black Rock Mountain State Park is the highest state park in Georgia. The main attractions of the park are its numerous vistas, a small lake, and a strenuous trail system. While one of the hardest hikes in Georgia, hiking the entire trail system in a day will present many rewards, including four vistas, three water features, and several different ecosystems. This hike occurred on Saturday, May 30th, 2015. My plan was to hike the entire trail system of Black Rock Mountain State Park as follows, with the starting point at the Black Rock Lake Trailhead. First, I would hike the Black Rock Lake Loop counter-clockwise. Then, I would continue to the James Edmond Backcountry Trail, and take the West Fork up Black Rock Mountain past Greasy Creek Falls to the upper trailhead. From here, I would hike the Tennessee Rock Loop clockwise past Tennessee Rock Overlook and then cross Black Rock Mountain Parkway to hike the Springhouse Trail to the Trading Post. Then, I would hike the short but steep trail to Ada-Hi Falls (a mere trickle most of the time) and also hike the short Norma Campbell Cove Trail. Before descending the mountain, I would also hike the Visitor Center Connector to Blue Ridge Overlook and Black Rock Overlook. Following this, I would retrace my steps to the upper trailhead. Finally, I would take the East Fork of the James Edmond Trail down to Taylors Creek and its cascades and then up and over Lookoff Mountain (with the side trip to Lookoff Mountain Overlook) to the hike's terminus at Black Rock Lake.
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