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Moccasin Creek.
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Moccasin Creek.
Description - Located in the Highland Region of Georgia, Moccasin Creek State Park is known as the park "where spring spends the summer." Pleasant breezes and temperatures are enjoyed at this park that is nestled in the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains on the shores of Lake Burton. The park offers a rockbed creek where only senior citizens and children under 11 are permitted to fish. The mixture of pine and hardwood forest with a smattering of laurel and rhododendron, found at higher elevations, is perfect for woodland exploration. Several mountain trails, fun-filled annual events and nearby access to the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail is an attractive element of Moccasin Creek State Park.

Recreation - This peaceful park encompasses 32 acres of mountain land offering a 54-site campground accommodating both tents and RVs. A boat dock and launch offer fishing access to Lake Burton. The park also offers seasonal canoe rental. All ages enjoy fishing the lake while only seniors and children under the age of 11 are permitted to fish the tributary stream. All abilities are able to fish in Lake Burton now that the park has added an ADA fishing pier. A playground, open-air pavilion and easy access to several short trails make this park an enjoyable experience. Annual events at Moccasin Creek include the Wildflower Hike (August), Lake Burton Arts and Crafts Festival (July), the Georgia Mountain Trout Program and Contest (June), the Ol' Time Pond Fishing Day (August) and the Country and Bluegrass Festival (October).

Climate - Georgia generally experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The area can offer a relatively warm escape for snow-free outdoor recreation during the winter months. Be prepared for occasional cold weather during the winter, especially at the higher elevations in northern Georgia.

Location - Located 20 miles north of Clarksville on GA Hwys 197, or 18 miles west of the town of Clayton via Hwy. 76 and GA Hwy. 197.

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Filed By: Zach (Kennesaw, GA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: beautiful...walked in the hemlock falls trail, and passed where the main trail ends, and kept hiking in about 3 miles to a even bigger falls. camped at the head of the falls. when you come to the "big falls" which is where everybody swims, keep following the tail to the right, you will go along a ridge, and then go down to the waters edge, you will have to cross the creek in order to keep following the trail. once you cross the creek, follow the trail about 1.5 miles or so and you will come across a giant falls. this is for more experienced hikers, involves using all hands and feet, so try to pack light and wear boots. HAVE FUN!

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: We hiked up the Hemlock Falls Trail. We didn't know it at the time, but this trail eventually links up with the AT. We only hiked as far as the falls. It was very nice and peaceful, an easy hike for most people, I'd think. There were a few mucky wet spots, but nothing particularly challenging. It was generally clean (little to no litter) on our way in, but we passed a large group of loud young summer camp kids on our way out, and we ended up picking up several candy wrappers they had dropped as they went along.

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Contact Information:
Moccasin Creek State Park, 3655 Hwy 197 , Clarksville, GA, 30523, Phone: 706-947-3194

Additional Information:
Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites - There are 54 State Parks in Georgia, located throughout the state. The northern part of the state has the most parks with a high concentration along the coast as well.
Georgia's Lakes and Reservoirs - Georgia's Lakes and Reservoirs range from huge reservoirs covering several thousand acres, to small lakes tucked away in the Georgia countryside.
Highlands Region - This area comprises the northern quarter of the state. Gainesville is the major city within this region. The terrain in this area is lush and mountainous.

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