Bartram Trail - Rabun Bald - GA

November 2, 2004

HIKERS - Jack Jacobi and Bob Thompson .

TRAIL INFO. - On this election day, most of our hikers were working as poll officers for the election and missed the hike. However, two of our dedicated hikers hit the trail for a nice hike on the Bartram Trail. Parking on Hale Ridge Road at the trail crossing, they hiked up to Rabun Bald for lunch on the observation deck and returned for a total of 8.4 miles. The trail is considered mostly moderate in difficulty with a strenuous section during the final stretch up to the summit.

The cloudy, moist, foggy day made visibility poor but it was still a nice hike.

Directions: Take Hwy. 441 N from Clayton, GA through Dillard, GA and turn right onto GA 246 / NC 106 toward Highlands, NC. Drive about 7 miles and turn right at the Scaly Mtn. Ski Slope. Go a couple of miles and turn left onto Hale Ridge road. Drive a mile or so and you will see the trail crossing sign on your right.

Another great day for a hike! Mostly cloudy with scattered light rain showers and fog. Temps in the 60's F.

Birds Identified- Pileated woodpecker, Blue Jay, Crows, Chickadee, and Downy Woodpecker.


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Bartram Trail marker carved in stone.
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The trail brings you past many nice boulders.
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The old observation tower at the Summit of Rabun Bald.
Georgia's 2nd highest mountain peak. (4,696 ft.)
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The foggy view from the tower.
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The OFHC Gang for today's hike (l-r) Jack Jacobi and Bob Thompson.


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