Atlanta: Hitchiti Trail

Trail run or hike on this 3.8-mile woodland loop past granite outcrops and small cascades to the floodplain of the Ocmulgee River.
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Trail run or hike on this 3.8-mile woodland loop past granite outcrops and small cascades to the floodplain of the Ocmulgee River.

Mapped by Chris Bryson

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.0

Waypoints

HIT001

Location: 33.0333671569824, -83.7071838378906

From parking area, cross Jarrell Plantation Rd. to reach trailhead

HIT002

Location: 33.0328483581543, -83.7077178955078

Head SW on Hitchiti Trail, a woodland trail that winds through loblolly pines, hardwoods, and leafy groundcover

HIT003

Location: 33.033317565918, -83.7104034423828

Turn R (NW) @ T (marked by 108 Loop Trail sign); hike through thick forest

HIT004

Location: 33.0334663391113, -83.7137680053711

Catch a glimpse of Falling Creek's glassy waters.
During high water levels, cascades churn in
brook. Next, turn R @ Trail 108 Loop sign; cross
footbridge

HIT005

Location: 33.0355834960938, -83.7160034179688

Trail skirts by several granite outcrops draped in
moss. To the R, shallow rock ledges extend into
Falling Creek

HIT006

Location: 33.0305061340332, -83.7221984863281

Cross dirt road; follow white blazes to the S

HIT007

Location: 33.0272827148438, -83.7229843139648

Watch Falling Creek flow into the Ocmulgee
River (a good swimming hole in warmer months).
Ahead: Path cuts across floodplain; look for white
blazes; this sometimes-muddy trail can be tricky
to follow

HIT008

Location: 33.0247840881348, -83.7195510864258

Boulders rest between trees on L as trail ascends from streambed

HIT009

Location: 33.0212821960449, -83.7207870483398

Turn L, heading NE, onto forest service road. Look closely for pines outfitted with nesting boxes for endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers

HIT010

Location: 33.0276184082031, -83.7119522094726

L @ Y. In 500 ft., turn R @ T to close loop @
trailhead

Loop Trail

Location: 33.0335121154785, -83.7106628417969

A view down Falling Creek

Location: 33.0310020446777, -83.7224197387695

Confluence

Location: 33.0271606445312, -83.7228317260742

A view of the Ocmulgee River and Falling Creek confluence

Falling Creek

Location: 33.0335426330566, -83.7130813598633

Forest Road

Location: 33.0279884338379, -83.7117233276367

Gneiss Outcrops

Location: 33.0358467102051, -83.7158889770508

Nesting Box

Location: 33.0215187072754, -83.7202911376953