Stonewall Falls Loop - TRAIL

Stonewall Falls Loop - Trail, Clayton, Georgia

Loop starts off with long doubletrack climb with a beautiful overlook at about 2-2.5 miles up. At this point, trail turns into narrow doubletrack (logging road) with a couple of very fast decents. watch out for the water bars. After the waterbars the trail turns into singletrack for one more climb. Trail then decends to Stonewall Falls with 4 creek crossings on the way to the falls. Trail connects with access road at falls just short of Trailhead. This trail is absolutely beautiful and full With lots of wildlife to be seen.

User Reviews (38)

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Roadscrape   Cross Country Rider [Nov 09, 2013]

The location shown on the map above is completely wrong and misleading. Finding the trailhead for this trail hard enough as is-see below. This trail isn't as well known as most and doesn't get near the traffic other than a few local riders. More scenic than most trails, nice leaf-off views from Saga Mtn as well as Stonewall Falls and creek.


The Athens SORBA group has posted a Garmin GPS map for this trail.
http://connect.garmin.com/course/347383

Same group posted map with trailhead coordinates here:
https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=34.820028%2C-83.442779&data=!1m4!1m3!1d10935!2d-83.442779!3d34.820028!4m14!2m13!1m12!3m8!1m3!1d13102!2d-83.442621!3d34.82085!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!4m2!3d34.820028!4d-83.442779

SingleTracks has some recent reviews of this trail that will be helpful http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/stonewall-falls-loop.html

Rabun County has a web page with county trails and good trailhead directions: http://www.gamountains.com/whattodo/recreation/biking.php

Cheers....

Similar Products Used: Rabun County Trails http://www.gamountains.com/whattodo/recreation/biking.php
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emoore7   Weekend Warrior [Jun 03, 2012]

Overgrown in some sections and a few downed trees along the route but all in all a fun ride. The actual trail itself is in great shape. This trail has some pretty strenuous climbs, but it rewards you with some sweet downhills. I saw a lot of people online saying it was tough to find but I didn't have a problem. After finding the parking lot (the hardest part) you just head the up the road connected to the parking lot that and go around the gate. Shortly after passing the gate I found the singletrack on the left (someone had conveniently stacked a bunch of sticks and branch across the gravel road directing you to the singletrack).

Customer Service

Counterclockwise.

Similar Products Used: Unicoi, White Twister, and Jackrabbit.
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John   Weekend Warrior [Jun 03, 2012]

Non existant signage from the parking lot was disappointing. Last time we were there, you dropped into the singletrack at the gate. We looked up and down, no entrance, all over grown. Rode up the gravel fireroad for several miles, no visable trail head or signage. Finally found a sign completely covered in weeds at the top of the mountain. So, once we actually found some singletrack, it was a nice ride although we only rode about half of the total length we remembered from the past. Disappointing.

Customer Service

You have to find it first.

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3
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BrianPM3   Weekend Warrior [Sep 08, 2009]

This is a fun trail that i would ride again if i had the chance. The majority of the trail is singletrack with a few sections of double track and fire roads.

I went to this trail with the recommendation of a local waitress and did not read any of these reviews before hand. It was difficult to figure out where the trail head was. We ended up going clockwise on the loop. We passed the camp ground and Water Falls in the very beggining of our ride. Going the opposite way (counter clockwise) would have been the better route as stated by previous posts. The Trail is longer than eight miles in its current configuration I belive 11 miles is more accurate. Bring lots of water.

This trail is best suited for a hardtail or a short travel full suspension. There is not any terrain that requires alot of suspension. Trail is in overall good condition with the exception of being a little overgrown in some areas.

I went right past a black cotton mouth poisonous snake on one of the climbs. My Brother was behind me and spotted it after i passed it. Keep an eye out. I came across a few deer as well during the ride.

Customer Service

Counterclockwise. From parking lot go down the fire road around the gate and turn left at the singltrack entrance just a little bit up the hill. The trail is marked along the way from there and is a big loop that ends down at the falls by the campsites.

Similar Products Used: There is a trail at tallulah falls. Not nearly as nice as this trail but if you were looking for some extra riding in the area it is worth a shot.
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mosalmo   Cross Country Rider [Jun 23, 2007]

Wow I rode it today too, its amazing that I didnt see you. The snake told me that you better watch out next time!

Its true that the trail is a bit new, we need lots of people out there riding it. It seems a little more demanding than the original trail, but the debris on the trail was really thick, making it hard to keep up any momentum. It will be a nice roller coaster like Carters Lake when the trail gets worn in.

Customer Service

Go down the gravel road which is pretty rough in spots. You have to go in quite a way. After you see the entrance to White Twister on your left, look for a fork in the road, take a right and just ahead is a small parking area. On the bike, continue up the hill past the gate on the gravel road. Keep a sharp lookout for the trail entrance on your left, its only a couple of hundred feet and its easy to miss. Then get ready to climb.

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bob29r   Weekend Warrior [Jun 23, 2007]

Just got back from the new Stonewall trail. The first 7 miles is the new section which is a lot of up/down... it needs to mature but is a great trail. We clocked 11 miles, on 2 computers, from parking lot, back to parking lot, in 2 hours. Trail was slow today with alot of tree debris covering the entire trail, looks like some bad storms had passed through earlier. Oh, we did see the King snake.. it was sunning itself along with a turtle ! We plan to return for sure.

Customer Service

As Tunaphile said.. just head up the fire road from the parking lot, pass around the gate, trail starts on your left in about 200 feet. The four stream crossings are at the end.. water was very low today due to drought conditions in GA.

Similar Products Used: White Twister is within 300 feet of the parking lot as well. Just head back out from the parking lot like your heading home, trail will be on your right with a large sign. This is a mature trail, nice to do after Stonewall trail.
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Tunaphile   Weekend Warrior [Jun 08, 2007]

This trail has just reopened in May 2007 and it's looking really good. You no longer climb the 2 miles up the fire road. You still park at the same second parking area and head up the fire road, but you turn left after only 0.2 miles and catch the singletrack there. It's about 8.5 miles around and you still cross the river 4 times at the end. Lots of short to medium climbs interspersed throughout, whereas before you did most of the climbing on the fire road. A couple of the short climbs in the new area are brutally steep. Be careful for snakes out there. I saw what I think was a king snake right in the middle of the trail and a local told me the have rattlers out there, although I can't verify that. I carry a snakebite kit just in case. In case you didn't know, the White Twister Trail is only .2 miles away so you could do them both together.
6/8/07

Customer Service

Start up the fire road by the parking lot & go counter-clockwise at small green trail sign, marked "0.2". This will keep your feet dry for most of the trip, but they'll get wet in the last mile with 4 river crossings.

Similar Products Used: White Twister is right there and it's a good bit shorter. You can make that 4-6 miles.
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Boilermaker   Cross Country Rider [Dec 03, 2005]

This is for the person looking for info: The Stonewall Falls loop is closed. They (usfs) and probably SORBA are going to make a new trail in that area, but are waiting for all the red tape and stuff. Nobody as far as I know, knows when the trail will open back up. If I find out, I'll post again here. In the meantime the White Twister is good to go.

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3
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snmnoles   Cross Country Rider [Jul 05, 2005]

This trail has been devastated by the power co. avoid it at all costs! The first 5 miles are on a gravel road created for the heavy equipment placing high voltage power lines. At 5.2 miles the trail ceases to exist at a fence w/ no trespassing signs. Efforts to find the remnants of singletrack mentioned in the previous posts got us totally lost. After a lot of guessing we were lucky enough to happen upon a road. With some direction from a local we found our way back to the car after 5 miles on paved road, and 2 more on forrest road. The D.N.R. has not done a survey of the trail in some years, and the ranger we talked to had no idea the trail had been ruined. He stated they now might have to permanantly close this trail because of the damage.

Customer Service

Avoid this trail!

Similar Products Used: White Twister
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snmnoles   Cross Country Rider [Jul 05, 2005]

This trail has been devastated by the power co. avoid it at all costs! The first 5 miles are on a gravel road created for the heavy equipment placing high voltage power lines. At 5.2 miles the trail ceases to exist at a fence w/ no trespassing signs. Efforts to find the remnants of singletrack mentioned in the previous posts got us totally lost. After a lot of guessing we were lucky enough to happen upon a road. With some direction from a local we found our way back to the car after 5 miles on paved road, and 2 more on forrest road. The D.N.R. has not done a survey of the trail in some years, and the ranger we talked to had no idea the trail had been ruined. He stated they now might have to permanantly close this trail because of the damage.

Customer Service

Avoid this trail!

Similar Products Used: White Twister
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