Rabun Bald Trail from Hale Ridge Road
to the Top of Rabun Bald

Picture of Rabun Bald from Rabun Bald Trail (the flat spot in the center of the top is a viewing platform)

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Date Hiked: December 14, 1991

Length: 6.0 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 3

Blaze: metal

Main Features: views

Animals: ruffed grouse, vultures, chickadees

Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia

Driving north on highway 28 going from South Carolina into Georgia, turn left on Warwoman Road (paved, but not signed) 2.2 miles after crossing the Chattooga River. Drive 4.0 miles and turn right on Hale Ridge Road (FS 7). (Driving east from Clayton on Warwoman Road, Hale Ridge Road is on the left about 11 miles from Clayton. The turn is 0.7 miles past Sara's Creek Grocery which is on the right.) Drive 5.7 miles on Hale Ridge Road to the trailhead on the left. There is a trail sign. Park on the right in the small pull-off just past the trail.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 2,350 feet to the top of Rabun Bald at 3.0 miles

0.0 pull-off parking area
0.3 brief steep ascent on narrow ridge
1.0 switchbacks in rhododendron
1.1 wet area in trail
1.2 gain ridge top and turn right following ridge
1.4 stream on left
1.5 cross stream where it comes out of the ground
1.6 rhododendron thicket
1.7 turn right away from rhododendron, following ridge
1.8 boulders on left make good resting place
shift to left side of ridge
good partial views left and view straight up the trail of Rabun Bald
1.9 bouldered area
2.1 relatively flat open area where people camp
2.4 ridge narrows
2.6 beginning of rhododendron thicket with boulders
(this is the final and steepest ascent -- 450 feet in last 0.4 miles)
3.0 viewing platform on top of Rabun Bald with views in every direction


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