Arkaquah Trail - Track Rock Gap, GA

April 6, 2004

HIKERS -  John Bellamy,  Jack Jacobi,  Steve Jordan,   Wayne Miller,  John Mooneyham,  Bob Presley,  Tony Presley,  Dan Ross,   Gerald Shedd,   Jack Slaton,  Bob Thompson,  David Whitaker.

TRAIL INFO. - Our hike today was on Arkaquah Trail starting at Track Rock Gap Archaeological Site east of Blairsville, GA. This ancient site features rock carvings / etchings reported by some archaeologists to be dated from 1000 B.C.. We hiked The Arkaquah Trail to a point 1 mi or so from Brasstown Bald, GA.

The trail-head is located on Track Rock Gap Road about 6 miles east of Blairsville, GA.

Another beautiful hiking day! Fair skies with temps ranging from the upper 30's to the upper 60's F. Total hike approx. 9 miles. We rated the trail strenuous with lots of elevation change.

Fauna identified : White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-eyed Vireo, Turkey Vulture, Pileated Woodpecker, and Black-throated Blue Warbler.

Wildflowers in bloom: Bloodroot, Cut-leaved Toothwort, Trailing Arbutus, Yellow Toadshade Trillium, Red Toadshade Trillium, Serviceberry.


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The sign at the Archaeological Site at Track Rock Gap.
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We look at the ancient carvings at Track Rock.
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The trail marker across the road from the Archaeological site.
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Here we are making our way up the very long uphill segment to Buzzard Roost.
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This is an excellent wildflower trail.
Here are Yellow and Red Toadshade Trilliums.
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This is a Service Berry tree in bloom along the trail.
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From the ridge at the top of the mountain
we get some awesome mountain views.
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A typical trail-side view.
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Near our lunch-spot, we get a nice view of Brasstown Bald.
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r)David Whitaker,  Wayne Miller,  John Mooneyham,   Tony Presley,  John Bellamy,  Dan Ross,  Jack Slaton,  Bob Presley,  Gerald Shedd (sitting),  Bob Thompson,  Jack Jacobi,   and Steve Jordan.


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