Black Rock Mountain State Park

Black Rock Mountain State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 706-746-2141

 

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"Revel in the diverse eco-systems along rugged terrain or breathe fresh air from mountain top vistas overlooking pristine Appalachian forests at Black Rock Mountain, uniquely positioned on the Eastern Continental Divide and reaching altitudes of 3,640 feet as the highest State Park in Georgia."

Georgia's highest state park encompasses some of the most outstanding scenery in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Roadside overlooks provide spectacular 80-mile vistas, and four hiking trails lead visitors past wildflowers, streams, small waterfalls and lush forests. Visitors enjoy the summit visitor center for its views, gift shop and picnic tables. 
 
Mountaintop cottages surround a small playground, while campsites are nestled under rhododendron and gnarled oaks. Tent campers will appreciate the walk-in sites that allow extra privacy. The park’s small lake is popular with anglers and circled by an easy walking trail. At an altitude of 3,640 feet, Black Rock Mountain is often cooler than other Georgia parks and may close during icy weather. RVers should be comfortable driving on steep, winding roads.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/BlackRockMountain

Open March 16–December 15

From December 16–March 15, the park is closed.

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 1,743 Acres
• 10 Cottages — #5 & #10 are dog friendly ($50/dog, max 2)
• 44 Campsites
• 12 Walk-in Campsites
• 4 Backcountry Campsites
• Pioneer Group Campground
• 2 Picnic Shelters
• 17-Acre Lake
• Summit Visitor Center & Gift Shop

Things To Do & See:

• Hiking & Backpacking — 11 miles of trails
• Picnicking
• Photography
• Fishing
• Canoeing & Kayaking
• Geocaching
• Playground

Nearby Attractions:

• Appalachian Trail
Blue Ridge Mountains
• Blue Ridge Parkway
• Chattooga River
• Clayton, Georgia
• Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
• Highlands, Georgia
• Lake Burton Fish Hatchery
Moccasin Creek State Park
• Mountain Top, Georgia
• Southern Highroads Trail
Tallulah Gorge State Park


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Events
Springhouse Trail Hike
Friday, Jul 28, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Friday, Aug 4, 2017 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Aug 13, 2017 to Monday, Aug 14, 2017 10:30 AM to 12 PM
The Springhouse Trail is an interesting hike with plenty of plants and forest scenery to see. Meet the naturalist at the Tennessee Rock/Edmonds trailhead for a great way to start the weekend. Good hiking shoes and water are needed. Pets allowed with a 6 foot leash. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
It's a Buggy World
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Meet with the park naturalist at the Mellenger Center and learn about the insect world. You can create your own personalized bug jar to catch and observe insects.  $5 for materials $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Sunset Hike
Saturday 7:45 PM - 9 PM – Jul 29, 2017 
Relax at the Tennessee Rock and watch a beautiful sunset. Meet with the naturalist at the Visitors' Center for a short walk to our destination. Good walking shoes, water and a camera are needed. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Sunset Hike
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 8:15 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 8:10 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 8:10 PM to 9 PM
A popular activity here at the park is our Sunset Hike on Saturday night. Relax at the Tennessee Rock and watch a beautiful sunset. Meet with the naturalist at the Visitors' Center for a short walk to our destination. Bring good walking shoes, water and a camera. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Soak It In
Night at the Overlook
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM
The view from the Black Rock Overlook is always gorgeous, but what is it like at night? Meet with the park naturalist at the Visitors' Center and observe the night sky and the beautiful views. Telescopes will be available to see the objects in the night sky. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Hidden Gem Hike
Sunday, Jul 30, 2017 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Meet the park naturalist at the Black Rock Lake parking lot and take a short hike to Greasy Creek Falls. This is an easy hike of half a mile to some beautiful views. This event is dog friendly. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Hidden Gem
Build Your Own Canjo
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 12 PM from Aug 5, 2017 until Dec 2, 2017 
Join the Black Rock Naturalist and Volunteer Les Barnett at the Trading Post for a morning of music and family fun, building your own Canjo. We provide the raw materials for the job. Make a family heirloom that you can enjoy for years.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Black Rock Birds
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Meet with the park naturalist at the Mellenger Center and learn about birds and their environment. We will build birdhouses and bird feeders for our feathered friends.  $10 for materials $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Soak It In
Greasy Creek Falls Hike
Friday, Aug 11, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Join the park naturalist at the Black Rock Lake parking lot for a short hike to Greasy Creek Falls.These falls are our "Hidden Gem," and you will enjoy the forest scenery on this short hike. Good walking shoes and water are necessary. Dog friendly. A six foot leash is required. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Hidden Gem
Volunteer Day
2nd Saturday of Month 10 AM - 4 PM from Aug 12, 2017 until Dec 9, 2017 
We need special people! Every 2nd Saturday is Volunteer Day at Black Rock Mountain State Park. Come help us in keeping the Park and its trails pristine throughout the year. Parking is free for volunteers and you'll earn the inner satisfaction of a job well-done along with a special Volunteer T-shirt for your service. 706-746-2141.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Black Rock Goes Batty
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Join us at the Mellenger Center and learn about bats and their value to nature. We will construct bat houses that attract bats and offer them a cleaner environment.  $10 for materials $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Soak It In
Corn Hole at the Rock
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 3 PM to 5 PM
Come by the Mellenger Center and play a round or two of corn hole. 2 person teams or compete individually. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
National Dog Day
Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 10 AM to 7:30 PM
Your best friend needs a little adventure to celebrate National Dog Day. He or she will appreciate the cooler temperatures at Black Rock, and a good dog hike will be refreshing as well. With all the marvelous things to see, smell and bark at, you can share the day together. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Build Your Own Guitar for Only $50
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Meet with the Park Naturalist and local Guitar maker Les Barnett at the Marie Mellinger Center for a fabulous evening of craftsmanship. We'll have all the parts you'll need to craft your own personalized and working Cigar Box Guitar. Come create a heirloom that you'll enjoy for years. Register starting March 18, 2017. Limited to 10 slots per day.  $50 plus $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Address/Directions
Black Rock Mountain State Park
3085 Black Rock Mountain Parkway
Mountain City, GA 30562
Rabun County


GPS Coordinates:

N 34.9069220 | W -83.4083750
Located on Black Rock Mountain Parkway, 3 miles north of Clayton off U.S. Highway 441. Look for brown directional signs in Mountain City.


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Black Rock Mountain State Park
3085 Black Rock Mountain Parkway
Mountain City, GA 30562 View Details


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Black Rock Mountain State Park