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The Burnt Mountain Preserve Trail was developed and built by the Mountain Stewards in 2006 under a Grant funded by the Pickens County Community Resource Association. Visit website more information.
|772 acres in the Burnt Mountain Preserve which is under a Conservation Easement to protect the nature area.|
2500 ft. elevation and the trail drops 400 feet in elevation before returning to the starting point
Moderate level of difficult for the average hiker
Never hike alone
Take plenty of water to keep hydrated
Crest Trail - Orange Blazes - O.3 Miles
The Crest Trail is a 0.3 mile loop trail located on the upper portion of thye Preserve. The trail is rated Easy. This trail begins at the parking lot and heads south and then swings to the west crossing over the Preserve old road bed. The trail follows the boundary of the Preserve crossing over another old road bed before turning back to the east. In a short distance along the southern slope of the Preserve (winter vista's), the trail will again cross over the Preserve old road bed and then head north back to the parking lot. This trail can be used to build up your hikng stamia before trying the harder trails in the Preserve.
Preserve Trail - Yellow Blazes - 1.0 Miles
The Preserve Trail begins at the parking lot and loops through the upper portion of the westerm section of the Preserve. The trail is rated Moderate. The trail follows the Crest Trail to a point just before the Crest Trail crosses over the Preserve old road bed for the 2nd time. At the trails junction, the Preserve and Champion Creek Trails head downhill to the south. The Preserve Trail follows a ridge crest downhill with western and southern vistas. The trail after dropping down through about 150 feet of elevation will turn eastward crossing over the Preserve old roadbed before turning south and east again to head down through another 250 feet of elevation drop.. When the trail reaches the edge of a steep decline, the trail will turn back to the north to begin a moderate uphill trek. After crossing over a small bridge, the trail will turn eastward and follow a sweeping contour to head back to the parking lot in a NE direction.
Champion Creek Trail - White Blazes - 2.0 Miles
The Champion Creek Trail follows the Crest and Preserve Trails to reach the deepest parts of the Preserve in the Champion Creek Valley. Because this trail drops down 800 feet of elevation and must come back up the same 800 feet, the trail is rated as Strenuous. The Champion Creek Trail turns south off of the Preserve Trail just before that trail crosses over the Preserve old road bed. This trail continues to follow the ridge crest that the Preserve Trail is on. After leaving the Preserve Trail, the Champion Creek Trail heads south along the western slope of the ridge crest until it reaches an old road bed known as the Naas Road. The trail now follows that old road bed crossing under the old GA power line right-a-way and continues south. The old road will branch just past the riight-a-way. The trail stays to the right. The old road bed will eventually curve to the left but the trail continues south along the ridge crest. In about 150 ft, the trail will begin turning eastward to continue heading downhill and then swing NE before headfing down into the Champion Creek Valley. When the trail reaches the valley floor, it will join an old road bed which it follows until you reach the 30 foot bridge crossing over the creek. Cross over the bridge to the old pioneer road on the east side of the creek. The trail will now head north back to the parking lot following the old road beds before starting to climbing uo the Preserve sloped terrain. The old roadbed with split in about a 1/4 mile. The trail stays to the right crossing voer an 8 foot bridge onto another old road bed. The climb from the creek valley to the parking lot is 800 feet of elevation gain. The trail will zig zag up the slope to make the climb out a bit easier
Visit mountainstewards.org for more information on the Burnt Mountain Preserve Trail as well as other trails nearby Pickens County.
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