Black Rock Mountain State Park

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

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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
Chattahoochee & Nantahala National Forests
• 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
Canjos and A Sunset Hike
Friday, Mar 31, 2017 2 PM to 8 PM
Meet at the Mellinger Center from 2 to 5 p.m. to make our famous Black Rock Canjos - unique musical instruments that will provide you with hours of musical fun. From 7-8 p.m. we'll meet at the Visitor's Center for a sunset hike to the Tennessee Rock Overlook. Register in advance. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Build Your Own Canjo
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 12 PM from Apr 1, 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.
Geology Day at the Park
Friday, Apr 7, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Meet Geologist Dr. Bruce O'Conner at the Visitor Center for and interesting and informative day of Geologic studies. We'll start with a hike from 10AM 'till 1 PM and, later, at 2 PM we'll make our own pet rocks. Pet rocks are great listeners and greater paperweights. Call the Visitor Center and let us know you're coming.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Volunteer Day
2nd Saturday of Month 10 AM - 4 PM from Apr 8, 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
Ask the Naturalist and Lake Trail Hike
Friday, Apr 14, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Ask those questions that you’ve always wondered about. At 3, we'll meet at Black Rock Lake for a quick and easy afternoon stroll along the Lake Trail. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Leaf Printing
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Make a one of a kind t-shirt using our Leaf Printing technique. Meet at the Marie Mellinger Center. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Easter at Black Rock Mountain
Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
We'll start the day making Canjos at the Marie Mellinger Center. At 1PM there's a Cornhole competition - Single elimination. The winner gets a special prize. We'll end the day a 3PM with an Easter Egg hunt for the kids. Can you think of a better way to spend a beautiful spring day? $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Build Your Own Guitar for Only $50
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
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.
Make your own Walking Stick
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Meet us at the Marie Mellinger Center where we'll be crafting one-of-a-kind walking sticks. Don't miss this chance to make a hiking tool that will give you miles and miles of use and enjoyment. An ideal item to use on the Nature Scavenger Hunt this afternoon.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
Great fun and a learning opportunity for both children and adults. Meet us at the Trading Post for a hike and scavenger hunt on the Springhouse Trail. A special Black Rock prize to those who ace the hunt. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Make Your Own Piñata
Friday, May 5, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
Join us at the Mellinger Center for an afternoon of family fun. We'll supply the materials for you to make your own piñata. You'll have to fill it with the candy of your choice before enjoying a fun-filled cinco de mayo tradition.  $5 for supplies $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Hidden Gem Hike
Saturday, May 6, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Join us at the Black Rock Lake parking lot for a visit to Greasy Creek Falls, the Hidden Gem of Black Rock Mountain State Park. The trail is rated easy at this point, but will still require good walking shoes. Call 706-746-2141 to reserve your spot. Pets welcome. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Hidden Gem
Home School Friday
Friday, May 19, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Explore nature and Georgia’s great outdoors At Black Rock Mountain State Park. We’ll meet at the Mellinger Center where students and adults can craft their own walking stick before going on a nature scavenger hunt and hike along the Spring House Trail. Be sure to bring a lunch and comfortable walking shoes. Register by calling the Park Office.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Sunset Hike
Saturday, May 20, 2017 7:30 PM to 9 PM
You’ve walked Black Rock and seen the great views. But what does the trail look like at night? Let’s find out. Bring someone special to enjoy it with and join the Park Naturalist at the Black Rock Visitor’s Center at 7:45 PM. We’ll hike to the Tennessee Rock Overlook and watch the awesome sunset before returning in the twilight. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Memorial Day Weekend
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
A fun-filled day at Black Rock! Be at the Mellinger Center at 10 AM and we'll make Black Rock Canjos 'till Noon. Then, at 1 we'll have our Cornhole Contest -single elimination for competitors. Are you going to be the Winner? At 3 we'll have plenty of wooden snake to paint. Don't miss these events, they're fun for the whole family?  $5 for the materials for your canjo $5 for the materials for you snake $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Make your own Walking Stick and hike to Greasy Creek Falls.
Friday, Jun 2, 2017 12 PM to 5 PM
Meet at the Mellinger Center where we'll have everything you need to craft your own personalized walking stick. You'll be able to use it on the hike to Greasy Creek Falls which starts a 3 p.m. at the Black Rock Lake Parking area.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-746-2141.
Hidden Gem
National Backpacking Day
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
This is a personal hike, not guided. Great for experienced hikers. If your new to the game, meet at the Mellinger Center at 2 PM for a Back Packing 101 course. Learn what and how to pack and a variety of other do's and dont's from an experienced hiker. $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