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Rabun Georgia Trail Half Marathon

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An early summer trail half marathon cresting the second highest point in Georgia.


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10.8

Miles

17.5

KM

78%

Runnable

4,627' 1,410 m

High

2,282' 696 m

Low

2,695' 821 m

Up

2,695' 821 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Overview

Most of this course follows beautiful, flowing singletrack trails. There are 14 footbridges with small waterfalls and creeks all along the route. The high point is the summit of Rabun Bald. With an elevation of 4,696 feet, it is the second highest point in Georgia. Climb the fire tower for a stunning 360° view of the North Georgia mountains and beyond.

Need to Know

There is limited parking at the start area, be sure not to block the forest service access roads.

Description

From the starting point on the Bartram Trail, you'll enjoy a climb to Rabun Bald. At the top of the Rabun Bald summit, get ready for some fast downhill on the Rabun Bald Trail that descends 2,200 ft in 2.8 miles. Then travel through rhododendron tunnels on one of the gems of this course, the Holcomb Creek Trail. On this trail of just under a mile, runners will see a 120-foot waterfall and two, 80-foot waterfalls.

There is one aid station located at Three Forks about midway through the race.

Flora & Fauna

Rhododendrons and mountain laurel abound on this course.

Contacts

Shared By:

Victor Mariano

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Holcomb Creek Falls.
Oct 28, 2020 near Mountai…, GA
Ammons Creek Falls.
Oct 28, 2020 near Mountai…, GA
From Rabun Bald summit tower.
Oct 13, 2020 near Mountai…, GA
Rabun Bald summit
Oct 12, 2020 near Mountai…, GA
View from just below the summit of Rabun Bald on the Three Forks Trail.
Jul 25, 2017 near Mountai…, GA
Summit of Rabun Bald - Three Fork Trails
Jul 25, 2017 near Mountai…, GA

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Jun 9, 2019
MARK THOMAS
I love this race 11.6mi — 3h 08m
Jun 10, 2018
Michele Bledsoe
Woo! This was a tough climb, let alone trying to trail run it... I would compare it to the intensity of my climbing Mt. Washington in 2017 10.8mi
Jul 2, 2017
Rüdiger Lueg
Crazy 5.5mi