Hike through beautifully sculpted rock formations at Rocktown, one of Georgia’s most popular bouldering destinations, on the summit of Pigeon Mountain.

georgia hiking trails: 0-2 miles 1.6 miles
(round trip)
? Your mileage may vary! Accuracy of your GPS device, weather conditions, and stops along your route will affect your own recorded distance.
georgia hiking trails: easyeasy to
moderate
?Our difficulty estimate, based on distance, terrain, elevation change, & ease of wayfinding. May vary daily due to weather, trail reroutes, downed trees, etc.
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?Leashed dogs are allowed on this trail. We’ve loved hiking this route with our trail-loving Labrador Retrievers! Check out more of our favorite dog-friendly trails in Georgia for a great hike with your pup.

LOCATION:south of Cloudland Canyon State Park

GEAR: Osprey Stratos 24 Backpack, our hiking gear list and Nikon D750 Camera

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RATED: 4/5 (2 reviews)

Nestled in the middle of the enormous Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area, the Rocktown Trail is easily one of the most popular hikes in the area. Although this hike is scenic in its own unique way, it is most popular in the climbing community as one of the most diverse bouldering destinations in the South. The trail’s unique 200 million-year-old rock formations make this a great spot to explore.

Note: A Georgia hunting license, fishing license, or a Lands Pass is required. Licenses are not available onsite; be sure to obtain your license before your hike. And these trails close during specific hunting seasons; check the Crockford-Pigeon Mountain site for information on hunting season dates and closures.

Rocktown Trail at Pigeon Mountain in North Georgia

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Pigeon Mountain: the hike

The hike starts from the Rocktown Trailhead (view maps and driving directions). A short distance into the hike, the trail crosses a small wooden bridge crossing over a narrow stream. After the bridge crossing, there is very little elevation gain, making this a very easy hike as the trail follows the top of the ridge on Pigeon Mountain. Oak, maple, and pine trees surround the trail as it winds through the forest.

At a half mile, large boulders begin to flank the right side of the trail. The trail veers towards the southeast before reaching the main section of the rock field. A massive, 30-foot tall boulder with a deep over-hang immediately gives the impression of just how unique this landscape is. Once this section of the trail is reached, the trail becomes less obvious, but can be done as a ‘lollipop’ or loop trail to explore most of Rocktown. Boulders ranging from 6 feet to 50 feet dot the landscape, providing a diverse array of routes for people to test their climbing skills.

Hike the Rocktown Trail through beautifully sculped rock formations in North Georgia, a popular bouldering destination

The bouldering in Rocktown has a wide variety of routes, with many routes yet to be named or discovered. The well-known routes have difficulties ranging from V0 all the way up to V9+. Please note that rock climbing and bouldering is dangerous, so please take all necessary safety precautions and inform yourself of the associated risks.

Hike the Rocktown Trail in North Georgia, visiting enormous sculpted rock outcrops and a popular bouldering area with climbers

One of the great things about this hike is that you don’t need to be a climber to enjoy the incredible rock formations that Rocktown has to offer. From a geology standpoint, the boulders are very interesting, as they were formed when the ocean covered this landscape over 200 million years ago. As the water receded, the more porous limestone eroded, exposing more resilient sandstone formations with a variety of patterns and textures. Some of the boulders are smooth and flat, while others more closely resemble the skin of a reptile. The scattered boulders also provide a great opportunity to have a picnic or just wander around and explore the narrow passages between the steep sandstone walls.

After following the vague loop, which navigates through the boulder field, the main section of trail can be located on the backside of the large 30-foot overhang boulder. The return hike doubles back to the parking area in a gentle decline, reaching the trailhead at just over 1.6 miles.

More hike-worthy adventures near Pigeon Mountain

The landscapes of Northwest Georgia and Southeast Tennesee are incredibly scenic and one of our favorite areas to find adventure in the South. Hike to incredible canyon views and tumbling waterfalls at Cloudland Canyon. Follow the lofty elevations of Lookout Mountain to stunning views of the Tennessee River and downtown Chattanooga at Sunset Rock. Visit the exceptionally beautiful waterfalls at Lula Lake Land Trust. Scramble through a waterfall and boulder-filled valley on the Fiery Gizzard Trail, climbing to beautiful views at Raven Point. And check out our full list of top hikes near Chattanooga for even more adventure inspiration.


Rocktown Trail at Pigeon Mountain Map, Directions & Details

Trails and routes may change – so please refer to official trail maps for the latest route.

Trail Rating

RATED: 4/5 (2 reviews)

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Driving Directions



Parking

A Georgia Fishing, Hunting, or Lands Pass is required. The trail is closed to hikers and climbers on specific hunting dates on Pigeon Mountain.


GPS Coordinates

34.658817, -85.389917     //     N34 39.529 W85 23.395

Elevation Profile

Rocktown Trail at Pigeon Mountain - Elevation Profile
 
 
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Christian Murillo
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Christian Murillo is a professional Adventure and Natural Landscape Photographer based out of Atlanta, Georgia. His passion is getting outdoors as much as possible and inspiring others to do the same. His photography serves a purpose to not only show the natural beauty of the American Southeast, but also to motivate people to protect our natural spaces for generations to come. You can check out more of his work in Instagram @cmurillophoto and on his website, murillophoto.com.