Black Rock Lake

Who knew there was a lake in Black Rock Mountain State Park?  If we hadn’t happened across a Park Ranger, I don’t think we would have even heard of it.  The man-made lake, constructed in 1974, is off of Taylor’s Chapel Road which is the intersection that you get to right before the big sign for the park.

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The turn for Taylor’s Chapel Road is right before this sign.

If you turn right at this intersection onto Taylor’s Chapel Road, you can follow the dirt road out to where the lake is.  This is really a peaceful spot which does not appear to get many visitors.  The parking lot will only take a handful of cars so, don’t plan any big events here!

From what I read, the lake is stocked with trout and you can fish here as long as you have a valid Georgia fishing license.  There is also a small waterfall which I didn’t actually get to see.  The falls are on Greasy Creek but you must have to take a trail that isn’t well marked to get to them.  I found Greasy Creek and it had some cascading water which I incorrectly though was the “falls”.  I guess we need to make another trip so I can see the real thing.

Black Rock Lake
Black Rock Mountain State Park
Mountain City, Georgia, USA

2-frame panorama merged in Adobe Lightroom
Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/8 – 1/250 sec – ISO 200

Ada-Hi Falls

Ada-Hi Falls (pronounced Uh-dah`’he) located within Black Rock Mountain State Park in Rabun County, Georgia is the highest elevation waterfall in the state.  Unfortunately, when a waterfall is this high in the mountains, there isn’t much water coming down so it’s more of a trickle than a rushing falls.

It is easy to get to the falls if you know where to look.  A short hike down a fairly steep stairway brings you to the observation deck where you can get right next to the falls. The the quarter-mile Ada-Hi Trail is surrounded by mountain laurel, which may well be why the place got its name which is Cherokee for “forest”.

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Though it is no spectacular drop of vast amounts of water, this serene little waterfall was a pleasant find.  It is always nice to come across new things when visiting our State Parks.  I also believe that there is a great amount of beauty in the small things in life when we take the time to appreciate them.

Ada-Hi Falls
Black Rock Mountain State Park
Mountain City, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/14 – 1/2 sec – ISO 400

Blue Ridge exploration

Although there are things about Facebook that I don’t like, the ability to keep in touch with people who share the same interests is a wonderful plus of participating in this social media application.  I saw an event posting from the North Georgia Photography Club for a sunrise shoot at Black Rock Mountain State Park.  Since the club is located in Dahlonega, Georgia which is an hour or more drive for me, I hadn’t joined them previously but I knew some of the members so, I contacted my friend Mike Sussman and got the OK to join them.

Black Rock_May 28 2016_0001-001We met at a church just outside the park entrance and, by special permission, were able to get in the gate before the official opening time.  It certainly was a privilege to be able to drive in and have the whole place to ourselves!

We went in to a nice platform that was set up as a scenic overlook which gave us a wonderful, panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains even if it was a little crowded with photographers and camera equipment.

Outings like this are such a fantastic way to visit a location that you haven’t been to previously.  The park is within an hour of so of most of the club’s members, many of them had been here before and knew their way around.  Since the group was also composed of photographers, there was a wealth of experience on the best place to shoot and what settings work best.

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North Georgia Photography Club members at overlook

The group next moved on to the Visitor’s Center and wandered about that area to get another view of the mountains and enjoy the natural beauty of the park.

From here, we all went out for breakfast at Granny’s Kuntry Kitchen in Clayton, Georgia before going on to the next part of our outing.

I will continue the story in tomorrow’s post.

All of these images were taken with my latest lens acquisition: Tamron’s nice ultra-wide angle beauty, the SP 10-24mm  f/3.5-4.5 Di II.  So far, I’m getting great results with this lens.  I was also pleasantly surprised to find that it has a minimum focus distance of just under 10 inches which I think will make for some neat close-up wide-angle opportunities!

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