|Trail Length: 1.7 miles||Type of trail: In and out|
|County: Gilmer County, GA||Our rating: E|
|Features: waterfalls, lake, historic||Your rating:|
|Usage: Light||Added on: July 14, 2000|
|Last hiked: July 14, 2010||Updated on: December 03, 2010|
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Hiking trails in Gilmer County, GA
Entering at the marked trailhead in the boat ramp parking area, the treadway wraps around a ridge, about halfway between the lake and the top of the ridge on a steep hillside. The wide footpath crosses two small bridges (over normally dry creeks) on the approach to Tails Creek, then crosses it on a bridge about fifty feet above the falls. Before the bridge a side path leads to an overlook up the mountain.
After the bridge the trail splits and the entire peninsula can be explored on foot. To reach the second overlook, climb the stairs, then circle around, following the now well-marked path. On the left is a foot and a half deep square indentation where the millwheel for sawmill turned. The trail turns right and enters the a deep, V-shaped cut in the earth, the sluice for the sawmill. An early 20th century logging road crosses the sluice at a 45 degree angle about half-way up to the falls.
Shortly after the logging road the path leaves the sluice. The overlook is ahead on the right down a short, steep flight of stairs. Tails Creek tumbles to Carters Lake in a series of cascades. These short bursts of water create a lot of noise, even in times of drought. From the falls paths allow you to explore the peninsula down to the lake.
As we looked at the mill, I told my wife we needed to find an old road at the ridge, probably near the entrance to the park. On returning to the start of the paved road we not only found the old road but a trail tree to boot. The trail is obvious at .2 miles, (especially in the winter) from the start of the pavement to the left, and the trail tree is directly across the road (right-hand side as you enter the park).
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