Middle Falls/Lower Falls Trail

At A Glance


1.0 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 1
Blaze Color: Blue


Accessible from Stone Mountain Loop Trail, this trail leads hikers a half mile along Big Sandy Creek to Middle Falls and then extends to Lower Falls. The trail dead-ends at Lower Falls.

Intersecting Trails

  • Stone Mountain Loop
  • This trail is located in the Stone Mountain State Park area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Stone Mountain State Park trails list page.

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    Stone Mountain - Middle Lower Falls - to Split

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.23 mi

    Stone Mountain - Middle Lower Falls - to End

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.5 mi

    Stone Mountain - Middle Falls

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 417 ft

    Total Calculated Length: 0.81 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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    Nancy said: this hike is very nice, it should be mentioned that in order to progress from Middle falls to lower falls there are 2 creeks that need to be crossed one of them has large rocks that help you forge the trail but the second one has nothing and you will get your boots wet. I felt it was worth the crossing for the solitude and peace. at the end of the lower falls trail you join up with the horse trail and unfortunately don't get much information to continue the hike. We brought lunch and it was very enjoyable.

    Sunday, August 25 2013 1:36pm
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