Location: Gilmer/Fannin County Lines, Cherry Log-Rock Creek Road - to FS 295 - EASY HIKE
This isn’t technically a hiking trail. It’s a Forest Service Road (295) off Rock Creek Road in the Rich Mountain Wilderness Area. The road takes a sharp right and is the first right you come to once you enter the Rich Mountain Wilderness Area directly across from the Check-In Station. It is a road that offers you some great elevated views and goes up to a pretty high ridge. If you do 3.5 miles, you can get to Little Rock Creek and enjoy the water. The road has that very chunky gravel thrown on it and has some areas that get muddy when it rains, so I can never make it up very far with my car. It’s too rough for my little tires. They close this road to cars in the winter and reopen to the right vehicles in April after repairs. I usually park on the side and walk just walk the road. It’s a slow elevating road. There is even a great camping spot along this road that would be a great remote spot if you are looking for solitude. It has the view of a lifetime.
The road is a continuous series of twists and turns and going slowly up along a ridge. It’s beautiful! There is an old Indian Wagon trail going through the forest out here that makes you stop and try and visualize the indigenous people walking through this exact spot. You see it weave in and out as you walk the new and “improved” road. I love it. I have read a few things online about this road, and I guess if you drive a nice 4×4 you should be able to just drive it. The views are almost as high as Brasstown Bald, which is the highest point in Georgia. So this one, gets you in the woods, walking the quiet roads of the Forest Service and is on the Gilmer/Fannin County Lines. This would be a nice walk for just about anyone. Really easy grade, and you can make it as long as you want. Just turn around, and head back. You will rarely see another person out here.
Traveling solo? Pepper Spray – always, a bell giggling from your pack or jacket in case of bear. I have seen some bear poops out there, but if you make noise, and announce yourself with the bell, you won’t see them.