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“Steep hike to the top of Yonah mountain with great views just short of the top”

Yonah Mountain Hiking Trail
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US$155.00*
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Bartram Trail Hike plus Wine Tasting
Ranked #12 of 39 things to do in Helen
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Tampa, Florida
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“Steep hike to the top of Yonah mountain with great views just short of the top”
Reviewed 9 August 2012

Great hike through the woods up Yonah. The hike is pretty steep but is a maintained trail. As you near the top you can often see armed services training groups repelling down the top of the bald mountain face. If you keep going up the final leg you lose the view but reach a nice glade at the top. Recommend decent physical shape. Nice trip!

Visited July 2012
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“Not too hard”
Reviewed 27 March 2012

A good stretch of the legs. Good scenery, easy enough trail.

Visited May 2011
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“Strenuous but scenic hike...Great day trip”
Reviewed 27 November 2011

I actually went 2 times in the same week. The first time I went with a group of adults and had a blast. Several adults actually struggled with the 2.5 mile hike up the mountain. Some sections of the trail are very steep and narrow. You do have to climb a few boulders that block the trail, so be sure you have shoes with traction. It took us 1.5 hours to hike it as a group at a consistent pace and a few brief rest stops. Take at least 30 oz of water per person. It should last the entire hike up and down. Possibly more water needed for summer hikes.

I enjoyed it so much I returned the very next day with family in tow including two toddlers. We all hiked it and took a few more frequent breaks. Take a quality lite lunch or snack to eat at the top, as the view is worth it and spectactcular!! Be watchful of small children, as the cliff is right there with no guard rails and drop off is sheer and the wind can make you unstable, so don't be a risk-taker with your photos near the ledge!

This moutain is also a training site for the Army rangers, and there is a number to call to check their training schedule. On our second trip, an Army helicopter training flight actually flew in low to the mountain top while we wer on top, which was pretty cool. The kids loved it. It was loud and a bit eerie, but overall pretty cool. The chopper kept circling the mt. top and coming in close with maneuvering patterns....very entertaining.

The hike down is shorter time wise, but be wary of how steep the trail can be going down hill. Dress in layers so you can peel down while hiking (and your body heats up) but can put your jacket back on once at the top where it is breezy and cool (as you bask in the magnificent view and open air).

A great day trip! Head to Helen for lunch and make this a wonderful mini-vaction...comletely affordable as the trail hike is free. Keep in mind very primitive bathroom facility....no light and don't count on toilet paper. There is also a facility near the top, but very dark inside.

Yonah Mountain is also called Yonah Bald and is located in the Chattoochee National Forest. There is no website dedicated to just this hiking trail, but check online for pictures of the mountain and the area.

Visited November 2011
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