Hikingsouth Hike of the Week

Black Rock Mountain Lake Trail and West Fork of James Edmonds Trail to Lookoff Mt.

November 1, 2016

Today's hike was in Black Rock Mountain State Park. We hiked the Lake Loop Trail and a good portion of the James Edmonds Trail to Lookoff Mountain overlooking the Wolffork Valley.

HIKERS: John Anderson, Jenny Bell, Mike Bell, John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Ray Clark, Joe Collins, Greta Driggers, Stephen Gales, Tim Hale, Jo Lusher, Shri Nadig, Trushna Nadig, Jeanne O'Connor, Tere Pratt, Tony Presley, Vic Robson .

TRAIL INFO. - Both of these trails were in excellent condition. The Lake Loop is very easy and has nice views and is a good trail to start the day. The James Edmonds Trail is more strenuous with a long uphill climb to Lookoff Mountain for great mountain views. Total distance approx. 5 miles

DIRECTIONS: From the south, take Highway 441 thru Clayton, GA to Mountain City and turn Left on Black Rock Mountain Parkway. Continue for a mile or so and turn right on Taylors Chapel Rd. and continue to Black Rock Mt. Lake.

Another great day for a hike! mostly fair and cool with temperatures ranging from the mid 50's to the mid 60's F.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Asters, Goldenrod, Showy Gentian, Ladies Thumb .

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Mallard Ducks, Aflac Ducks, Nuthatch, Crow, Blue Jay, Chickadee, Cardinal.

scroll down for photos and video from today.......


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Our first trail today.
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Beautiful reflections on Black Rock Lake!
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This Lake Loop trail is a nature trail with educational signs and benches.
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Beautiful Fall colors.
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Aflac Ducks!
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You can't beat the beauty of a mountain lake!
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After the Lake Loop, we headed up the James Edmonds Trail to Lookoff Mt. Overlook.
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Beautiful Showy Gentian (Gentiana decora)
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The Edmonds trail is a strenuous climb to a beautiful mountain lookoff..
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We arrive at Lookoff Mt.!
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Beautiful mountain views overlooking the Wolffork Valley in Rabun Gap.
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Beautiful farm community in the valley.
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Lunchtime at Lookoff Mt.
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r front) Tony Presley, Shri Nadig, Trushna Nadig, Greta Driggers, Vic Robson and Joe Collins.(l-r back) Tere Pratt, Jo Lusher, Stephen Gales, John Anderson, Tim Hale, June Bellamy, John Bellamy, Jeanne O'Connor, Mike Bell, Jenny Bell and Ray Clark.

SEE VIDEO OF THE HIKE BELOW!

SEE MANY MORE GREAT PHOTOS FROM THE HIKE BELOW! -click photo


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