Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

Tennessee Rock Trail Interpretive Information

Hikers wishing to learn more about the special forest ecology of the Southern Appalachians may wish to purchase a copy of “An Interpretive Guide to the Tennessee Rock Trail,” available for a small fee at the visitor center and campground trading post. The text in this 32-page illustrated booklet corresponds to 25 numbered posts located along the trail. In addition to information about the park’s natural history, the trail guide features interesting facts about early pioneer and Native American life, as well as fascinating information about Appalachian geology, geography, and climate. The guide serves as an excellent introduction to Black Rock Mountain State Park and the surrounding mountain region.

Hikers using the guide will quickly learn that there’s a lot more to be found along the trail than just trees. For instance, hikers will discover an Appalachian boulderfield, an actual remnant of the great ice age which ended more than 10,000 years ago. Hikers will also walk a quarter-mile along the

Blue Ridge Mountain backbone, following the Eastern Continental Divide. This great ridge separates rainfall flowing eastward toward the Savannah River and the Atlantic Ocean from rainfall trending westward toward the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. And from Tennessee Rock itself, when the weather is clear, hikers can see Georgia’s Brasstown Bald and Clingman’s Dome in Tennessee.

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