Mountain City, Georgia has a jewel of a state park. Making our way up the narrow, curvy road to the top of the mountain was definitely a challange, but once we settled at our campsite, the trip was well worth it. We stayed at campsite #11 and our area couldn’t have been more perfect. The one thing we wished we would have known was that to get to our site, we had to make a round through the camping area so that we would be at the right angle to back into the campsite. We should have taken the longer loop instead of the shorter loop. It was a bit dangerous with our size camper, but we made it.
Other than the rain and winds from Hurricane Ida that we experienced for one day, the weather was amazing. We were able to cook outside on what I call our “front porch” most nights, and the temperature was comfortable enough to eat outdoors as well. We made good use of our Blackstone griddle and Ninja Foodie grill. We had hamburgers and homemade air fried potato chips, steaks with air fried baked potatoes, and blackened mahi mahi with parmesan crusted shrimp and air fried broccoli. Chowing down with Chapmans (that’s us) is always a good time when we are camping.
Black Rock Mountain has several hiking trails. On the day we arrived, we wanted to do a short trail. With the distance of just a quarter mile, the Ada-Hi Falls Trail won the pick. Keep in mind this was a short distance, but it was an extremely tasking trail. After making our way down several sets of steps and a narrow trail filled with roots, we reached our destination of a small water fall. This was the highlight of our day. It reminded us of why we love to camp at state parks; nature at its best, beautiful, peaceful and always a wonderful experience.
The park had several overlooks for us to check out the majestic views of the mountains that surrounded us. I loved them all, but my favorite was as the visitor center. It was called Black Rock Overlook. We were at an elevation of 3446 feet and we looked over the city below us and enjoyed mountains on moutains as far as we could see. Different shades of green, different shades of blue, different shapes of clouds, different levels of sunlight….. all of these differences made for breathtaking views.
I’m so thankful to have been able to spend a few days at this state park. Black Rock Mountain is a great place to camp and has plenty of places to explore within the park. Also, there are really cool places to visit within 15-20 miles from the park. Whether your thing is enjoying wineries or distilleries, hiking, shopping, or trying different restaurants, Black Rock Mountain is the perfect getaway.
The second day we were there, we experienced some tire trouble. I wanted to give a BIG shout out to Pritchett Tire & Alignment in Clayton (on Seed Tick Road) for their help and kindness in getting us the tire we needed as quick as they could. If you are in the Clayton area and are in need of help with tires, we highly recommend them. Their website is https://pritchetttiresales.com/ .
On the day of the tire issue, we ate lunch in town. A friend of mine had recommended the Universal Joint when I told her where we were going. It looked like an old gas station turned into a restaurant. It had a variety of foods to choose from and was actually really good. Check them out at https://www.ujclayton.com/ .