Stone Place Trail
ElevationAscent: 144' 44 m
Descent: -853' -260 m
High: 1,704' 519 m
Low: 893' 272 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
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“A fun descent from the visitor center down to Tugaloo Lake on rutted doubletrack - you do have to come back up though.”— Lost Justpastnowhere
The trail surface is typical Georgia red clay but you'll find a lot of embedded rocks and rutted areas so beware on the way down. The trail is relatively level until the second intersection with the High Bluff Trail, so for a real easy loop stop here and take the High Bluff Trail back to the visitor center.
Beyond the High Bluff Trail, there are fewer hikers and the Stone Place Trail descends continuously until you reach a solitary dock on a secluded cove of Tugaloo Lake. You can really gain some speed on the descent, but keep in mind there are some rutted areas. And of course you do have to ride back up... so take some time to enjoy the solitude at the lake before you grind your way back up to the visitor center.
Do take the opportunity to hike the gorge while you are visiting. Try to be one of the first 100 daily visitors so you can go down into the gorge itself.
Land Manager: GA Department Natural Resources