LOCATION: 3725 Mistletoe Road Appling, GA 30802 Reservations: 800-864-7275 Park: 706-541-0321 LENGTH: 15 miles of trails TYPE: Loops RANKING: easy to strenuous ACCESS: 7 am - 10 pm USAGE: Moderate FEES: $5 Parking Fee or purchase an annual Park Pass MAPS: At entrance SURFACE: Compact soil with tree roots FEATURES: Lake, small beach, canoe rental & fishing, restrooms COMMENTS: Great family park PET FRIENDLY: Yes
Mistletoe State Park is located on Clarks Hill Lake in Appling, GA near Augusta and is known as one of the finest bass fishing spots in the nation. Sitting on a peninsula, the park offers beautiful views of the sunset and sunrise over the lake.
We hiked the 3.75 mile Cliatt Creek Trail in August 2015 and found the hike to be beautiful as it winds through the woods. The trail begins across the street from the Ranger’s office and loops through the woods, along the creek, crosses a paved road and ends at the back of the Ranger’s office. The trail is blazed white and very well marked. There are a few short hills and lots of tree roots.
The longest trail is the 6.25 mile Rock Dam Trail and is blazed blue. This trail is challenging and requires 4 stream crossings. Begin this hike on the Cliatt Creek Trail across from the Ranger’s office and look for the Rock Dam Trail on the right. There are several other shorter trails throughout the park making a total of 15 miles of hiking available.