Landscape photo of mountains in Black Rock Mountain State Park.


Black Rock Mountain State Park: Hidden Gem in Georgia

Climb to the highest state park in Georgia for the most breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Black Rock Mountain State Park is one of the most underrated parks in this area. With camping, hiking, wildflower viewing and water activities, Black Rock Mountain is one of the best places in Georgia to explore.

This Georgia state park has been one of my favorite parks to visit this year. If you are looking for a great family trip in Georgia this summer then look no further. Black Rock Mountain has a campground equipped with a playground and lots of other activities for the kids to enjoy. Keep reading to find everything you need to know for your trip.

Complete Guide for Black Rock Mountain State Park in Georgia

🌲Things to know: Black Rock Mountain State Park Overview

COST: $5/vehicle

HOURS: 7AM-10PM (park); 8AM-5PM (office)

PETS: Permitted

WEATHER: Park may close in icy weather

Map of Black Rock Mountain State Park

Map of Black Rock Mountain State Park in Georgia.

Camping & Other Accommodations


The Hickory Cove campground area consists of 44 campsites equipped with electricity, water, fire rings and picnic tables. These sites can be used for campers, tents, and RVs depending on the length.


Located within Black Rock Mountain are 10 cottages that can also be reserved. These 2 bedroom cottages are fully furnished, along with full baths.



There are 12 walk-in tent sites located with the park, as well. The only thing they are equipped with is a fire ring. To prevent wildfires, be sure to check the fire danger in the area prior to your trip.


⛺️ There are 4 backcountry camping locations within Black Rock Mountain State Park:

Lookoff Mountain – strenuous

Laurel Ridge – strenuous

Creek Ridge – moderate

Fern Cove – moderate

You can book any of these campsites through Reserve America >> HERE <<!

Hiking Trails in Black Rock Mountain State Park

Waterfall Hikes

Ada-Hi Falls

This is a 0.4 mile out and back trail located within Black Rock Mountain State Park. It is considered moderately challenging because of the number of stairs that you have to climb.

The waterfall itself is a little bit underwhelming but it is a peaceful climb. This trail is perfect for a quick hike to get a little exercise in.

Trails with Mountain Views

Tennessee Rock Trail

This is the best hike in the park, in my opinion. It is a beautiful climb to the Tennessee Rock Overlook and offers lots of diversity.

It is a 2.2 mile loop trail considered moderately challenging. I recommend hiking it clockwise for an easier hike or counter-clockwise for a more challenging hike.

For more information on this trail, see AllTrails.

Black Rock Lake

Black Rock Lake Trail is a 0.8 mile loop trail that is considered easy. This would be a great hike for the kids!

Black Rock Mountain State Park Hiking Essentials

Most of the hiking trails in Black Rock Mountain State Park do require a bit of a climb. So I recommend bringing along hiking poles to make your trek easier.

This is black bear country, so don’t forget your bear spray.

Due to the higher elevations, Black Rock Mountain State Park may be cooler than other Georgia State Parks. So I highly recommend bringing along a lightweight jacket even in the warmer months.

Other Things to do in Black Rock State Park

Water activities

The Black Rock Lake is a 17 acre lake located within the park. The lake is accessible from sunrise to sunset for park visitors.

Fishing is permitted on the lake. Don’t forget your GA fishing license!

Boating & Paddling on the lake is also permitted but there is no boat ramp. So any boats, canoes, kayaks, or paddle boards must be carried to the shore for launch. There is a 10 HP limit for boats on the lake.


On the drive into Black Rock Mountain State Park, there are a few overlooks that you should definitely stop at. They offer breathtaking views of the surrounding blue ridge mountains.

Blue Ridge Overlook is the first one you will come to when entering into the park. There is a small parking area that you can stop at and enjoy the views.

Cowee Overlook is the second one you will come across when driving into Black Rock Mountain State Park. This overlook has a short boardwalk and sign that tells you which mountains you are looking at.


Along with 2 picnic shelters that are available for rent, there are multiple picnic tables on a first come, first serve basis. There are picnic tables located near the summit visitor center and a few near the lake.

Things to do Near Black Rock Mountain State Park

Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tallulah Gorge State Park is another hidden gem located within Georgia. This park offers hiking, climbing and much more. It is perfect to add on to your Black Rock Mountain State Park adventure.

I highly recommend visiting during the dam release because the water is flowing through the gorge at a spectacular rate. You can also watch the kayakers that come from all over to kayak through the gorge.

Bell Mountain

Bell Mountain is a gorgeous overlook about 45 minutes from Black Rock Mountain State Park. If you are looking for another fun outdoor activity for the family, this is it.

I highly recommend putting this on your list for either sunrise or sunset. Or both! 😊

Final Thoughts

Black Rock Mountain State Park has something for the whole family. Whether you are making a day trip or camping for the week, there is no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy. From hiking to kayaking and everything in between!

I hope you found all of this information helpful for your Black Rock Mountain State Park adventure. Keep an eye out for more Georgia State Parks worth visiting in my upcoming posts!

Please remember to follow ♻️ LEAVE NO TRACE ♻️ principles when recreating!




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