Lookoff Mountain

Location: Northeastern Georgia
Trip Starts: Black Rock Lake
Trip Ends: Black Rock Lake
Total Distance: 3.2 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Trails Used: Edmonds Trail West Fork
Trail Traffic: Moderate to Heavy
Trip Type: Overnight Hike
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Black Rock Mountain State Park
3085 Black Rock Mountain Parkway
Mountain City, GA 30562
Rabun County


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.

This hike to the backcountry campsite at Lookoff Mountain starts with a 1.6 mile climb from Black Rock Lake and ascends for ~1000 feet to the summit (3162′). It ends with outstanding views to the west from a wired off rock outcrop just past the campsite. There is water along the West Fork of the Edmonds Trail for about half of the route but the summit area is dry. So plan accordingly. The Laurel Ridge is located just past the overlook. Both campsites (like all backcountry campsites in the park) require a reservation, but it is a short distance from the overlook.

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