Hiking Black Creek Mountain


Today I'm sharing the pictures from our hike at Black Rock Mountain. 



We woke up bright and early at 4am to make the 2 hour drive to North Georgia to hike Black Rock Mountain. We arrived at 6am, only to find out the park didn't open until 7am. No worries! We drove back to the nearest gas station and grabbed a cup of coffee while we waited for the gates to open.



The roads were windy and curvy, all the way up the mountain. It was still pitch black outside and the roads had no sort of lighting. We decided to continue driving around the mountain, just to explore and kill time. It turned out to be all residential houses, nothing too exciting. My sister asked me to pull over so she could try and take pictures of the star filled sky. My sister and my best-friend were being paranoid of the dark and quiet roads, talking about how this is how horror movies start. 
As we sat there idling, I decided to mess with them. I looked in my mirror and screamed, "OH MY GOD, WHAT IS THAT?!?!" Everyone screamed and I gunned the gas, speeding away! I died laughing while they all smacked me saying it wasn't funny, and they almost peed their pants. 


The gates to the park opened at 7am sharp. We were the first and only ones there. We parked at the trail entrance and got our gear together. We grabbed our flashlights and hit the trail. With a flashlight in one hand and a coffee in the other, our hike had begun. The trails were pitch black when we started out. These were pictures I captured later on as the sun began to rise through the trees. 


As we started out, I have to admit, we were all a little on edge at how dark it was on the trail. We knew what we were in for, but it didn't make it any less creepy. To be honest, we were more nervous about what we couldn't see. We've heard rumors of black bears being on these trails, so it's a little nerve wrecking when you can only see as far as the flashlight projects light. 


As the sun began to rise, we raced through the mountain trying to reach the summit before we missed sun rise. 


The trail started out easy, then inclined to moderate, then inclined to oh my gosh I think I'm dying, then inclined to yep, I'm definitely dying. While I stopped to take a break and take some pictures, the others continued on.


This was by far the most challenging trail I've ever attempted. Next time, I think I'll condition my body for a couple of weeks prior, before I attempt it again. This trail pushed me to my limits. There's nothing more satisfying than reaching the summit and feeling the sense of accomplishment like, "Yes! I did it!" 


It helps that the view was gorgeous and well worth it! 



We posed for a few pictures and took a few minutes to catch our breath before going back down the mountain. 


The summit of the mountain was cold and windy. The temperature felt like it was dropping as we made our way up the mountain. Once the trees opened up and that wind started whipping through, it got cold, fast! As soon as we were done taking pictures, we disappeared back into the tree line and made our way down the mountain.




2.2 miles later, we finished the trail and arrived back at the vehicle. 


Tennessee Rock Trail, you kicked my butt, but it was a beautiful hike. James Edmonds Trail, I'll see you in a few years, lol! 

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7 comments

  1. Those mountain view are incredible!!!! Making me feel all peaceful and stuff :)

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  2. Wow, absolutely beautiful views! Amazing! I would have been creeped out too hiking in the dark! Especially with bears around! You are brave!

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  3. um, this looks INCREDIBLE. I love the pictures and how cute do you all look in your blankets! Just darling. What a great way to spend the day.

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  4. Sounds like a tough hike, but definitely one worth doing! Glad you guys had great weather for the adventure!

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  5. What a cool place to visit to hike-- the views look incredible! I can totally see how it would be really spooky before dark on the windy roads in the woods, I would have been like your friends and a little scared too probably! haha.

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