Charlies Creek Road

4.8/5 (45 reviews)
Clayton, Georgia (Towns County)
Last Updated: 08/31/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

About halfway between Hiawassee and Clayton lies Charlies Creek Road. One of the most popular off-road trails in all of Georgia because of its many water crossings and rough terrain, this trail follows along Charlies Creek and Flat Branch Creek through the valley between River Mountain and Wheeler Knob. It even crosses over the famous Appalachian Trail. With its proximity to some of the best camping in the state, it's easy to see why this trail is the favorite of many!

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (45 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail with simple water crossings. We went a few days after rain and the water was calm and back to normal height. We started at the normal entrance and once we got to the end, we turned around and did it in reverse. Near the end and at the crest of a climb, there’s an area to park to go on a nice scenic hike.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/05/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Excellent trail, 2WD vehicles in rainy conditions will not be able to access. I only needed to put 4L on the downhill slopes due to the rain.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

This was my second trip to Charlie's Creek and won't be my last. It probably should be rated easier as there seems to have been work done to improve the road recently. Water levels were low and the trail was dry so not much need for 4WD. Beautiful drive to get to and leave the trail and great time on the trail.
Trail Review: Charlies Creek Road - Eric Criswell
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/05/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun drive. Lots of water crossings. Not many views, but it’s summer. Will revisit in the fall and winter to see how it changes!
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/15/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

My local off-road club went on a weekend trip to do some of the GA Traverse and hit Charlie's Creek. We had no issues and probably could have gone in 2WD, but went 4H the whole way. Some of the locations that have been regraded are starting to rut or create pot-holes, but otherwise still easy. One of our group was pulling a custom box trailer through and had no issues with it (12ft I believe, but not sure...probably should find that out...).

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