Victoria Bryant State Park
Victoria Bryant State Park has been referred to as one of
Georgia’s best kept secrets. Tucked in the foothills of the Blue Ridge
Mountains, the park is 475-acres with a stream winding through it. From a short
nature trail to a longer trek through hardwoods and over creeks, hikers of all
skill level will find a trail to fit their speed, all with only moderate
changes in elevation.
The park as two fishing ponds, one of which is wheelchair
accessible. Other features include the18-hole Highland Walk Golf Course,
camping, playgrounds, a visitor center, and a swimming pool (open seasonally).
The park’s trail system is entirely interconnected, and all
are both hiking and biking, except for Victoria’s Path.
Visitors are charged daily parking fees.
Broad River Loop Trail
Spurring off the Perimeter Trail, Broad River Trail has two relatively straight sections and two loops – Beaver-Pond loop and Broad River loop.
Turn right off the Perimeter Trail and cross Rice Mill Road
down the first straightaway. Over the next two-thirds of a mile the trail drops
150 feet in elevation into the valley of an unnamed tributary of the Broad
River. Halfway down the northern side of Beaver-Pond loop, the trail crosses a
small creek via a foot bridge.
Beyond Beaver-Pond loop, the second straightaway climbs a
ridge to higher ground.
Upon reaching Broad River loop, the trail curves widely
around a shallow ravine before cutting sharply back through the hollow. The
Broad River is visible as the trail closes the second loop with a good view of both
up- and down-stream.
Retrace the second straightaway and turn right on the
southern side of Beaver-Pond loop. The trail passes an observation deck on the
right and the namesake of the loop – an old beaver pond – on the left. This is
a great place for birdwatching.
Just after crossing another foot bridge over a stream, the
loop comes to an end and the path retraces the first straightaway of Broad
River Trail and continues onto the largest loop of the system – Perimeter