Black Rock Mountain State Park – Edmonds Backcountry Trail Revisit

Black Rock Mountain State Park – Edmonds Backcountry Trail Revisit

I did say that I would never hike this trail again but I did. I am very glad I did because it was a totally different experience this time around. Not only was the trail easier but I shaved a few hours off my time too. If you want to know about the trail, you can read my first post about Edmonds here. I just wanted to revise my previous statements in that the trail was not actually the entrance to hell. I would rate it as moderate to difficult depending on the area. Minus the time at the top, it took about three and a half hours but they say to give yourself at least four. The only thing that stayed murderous and horrible was the last mile and a half of the trail. Just when your energy and legs are feeling tired you get to climb, nay, claw your way to the parking lot for 1.5 miles. I resorted to saying “left, right, left, right”. You should find some repetitive phrase to help you during this hell mile. Besides that, the trail was much easier this time around and here are the key reasons why:

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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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Nephew of infinite energy

Kennesaw Mountain is a very popular mountain to hike just out of Atlanta. It’s a very pet and kid friendly trail so if you’re looking for some introvert time on a mountain, make sure to go early in the morning or you’ll be met with half of the city. On the other hand, if you’re an extrovert, hike during people hours and you’ll meet all sorts of dogs and humans. I shudder at the thought of meeting lots of humans when hiking, dogs are fine though. I did this hike at 8:00am on a sunny but cold day with a tiny human this time around. My tiny human hiking companion was my nephew who probably could have run up and down the mountain three times without getting out of breath. Nothing shows your age or lack of fitness level like hiking with a tiny human. I’m fairly strong and I run from zombies four days a week (Zombies, Run app – don’t run again without it). So when my nephew slayed me on the trail, it wasn’t awesome. Well, it was for him.

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Black Rock Mountain State Park – Edmonds Backcountry Trail

Black Rock Mountain State Park – Edmonds Backcountry Trail

Hello again fellow adventurers! You may have noticed my long absence over the last part of Summer. I did not give up hiking rather an injury that I made worse through stubbornness prevented me from doing anything physical. Lessons learned: 1) When you have a sport injury, see a sports doctor not a regular doc. 2) When you have a groin PULL do not wait two weeks and immediately jump back into exercising full strength. This results in a complete groin tear and a pelvic stress fracture. I am indeed a genius.

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DeSoto Falls – Georgia

DeSoto Falls – Georgia

The story behind DeSoto Falls sounds like something from legends. Hopefully, you are aware of Hernando de Soto. If you aren’t I’ll give a quick run down about this lad in a moment. The falls were named after DeSoto because of some stories that indicated his breastplate was found at the base of the falls. Pieces of armor, dated around the 16th century, have also been found around the area but it’s not conclusive as to if it was de Soto’s. That of course gives way to the mystery of the falls and keeps folklore in your mind as you hike. Especially since they recovered a sword as well nearby……

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Cloudland Canyon State Park

Cloudland Canyon State Park

Have you ever had a moment when you’re somewhere in your own state yet you feel that you are in another country entirely? In fact, you may pinch yourself just to make sure you aren’t having some kind of dream or hallucination. This state park will give you that feeling the moment you reach your first overlook. It will leave you speechless. It will leave you in awe. It will be one of your favorite places in Georgia in almost an instant. I first read about the state park last year and while I know it must be sight to see in Autumn, I made up my mind that I wouldn’t see it until late Spring.

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Raven Cliff Falls

Raven Cliff Falls

Raven Cliff Falls is the number one place I’ve been to so far. The only way to explain it is by telling you that you feel like you’ve been transported into some other world. To me it was like stepping into Neverland where you just may find Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. The trail is 2.5 miles there and 2.5 miles back giving a total of 5 miles. The length may turn some of you off but it’s not a difficult trail at all and you are walking next to pristine water that has several waterfalls dotting along the way. Let’s just say there is so much scope for the imagination that you probably could walk the trail twice and not even realize how long you’ve walked. The trail is also agreeable for even a novice hiker and there were only a few places that were moderately up hill.

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