Black Rock Mountain State Park – highest in Georgia
Black Rock Mountain lurks over the shoulders of Rabun County’s residents and visitors alike, looming from its perch north of Clayton and west of Mountain City.
At the top, however, in Black Rock Mountain State Park the view is quite different — much of Rabun County, including the city of Clayton, are visible from the park’s main overlook and visitor center, and other overlooks provide a variety of stunning views.
The park is Georgia’s highest state park, reaching altitudes of 3,640 feet, and is positioned on the Eastern Continental Divide. It provides multiple recreational and camping options for visitors of all ages.
In addition to one of the best views anywhere, the park’s visitor center (which requires a $5 parking fee or annual parking pass) includes a gift shop and a picnic area.
The 1,743-acre park features five trails ranging from easy to difficult and ranging in length from one-tenth of a mile to 7.2 miles. The trails, the park’s website says, “lead visitors past wildflowers, streams, small waterfalls and lush forests.”
One of the trails surrounds Black Rock Mountain Lake, a 17-acre lake with a fishing pier that has become a popular fishing spot.
The park’s camping area features 38 tent, trailer and RV campsites, 11 walk-in campsites and four backcountry campsites. A village of 10 mountaintop cottages surround a playground.
Given the park’s altitude, the weather is often cooler than even other mountainous areas in the region. Due to the threat of ice, the park closes from mid-December through mid-March.